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Award recognition for online CPD and STEM Ambassador training

Published: Sep 11, 2019 2 min read

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STEM Learning online CPD team receiving second place at the Association for Learning Technology Team Awards

STEM Learning’s online CPD programme received second place at the Association for Learning Technology Team Awards on 4 September 2019 at McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh.

Established in 2007, the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the learning technology field, and aim to promote intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale. The Awards, sponsored by Edina, were open to individuals and teams based anywhere in the world.

In the fiercely contested team category, the judges awarded second place to our online CPD team at STEM Learning. The expert panel of judges was chaired by Professor of Educational Technology, Martin Weller, President of ALT. The panel represents expertise from different sectors and countries, bringing together a wealth of experience in Learning Technology.

After the shortlisting and interviews, there were eight finalists, so this is a really valuable achievement for us, recognising our considered use of online learning to support professional development. Award winners included the University of Edinburgh and other higher education institutions were highly commended.

Our nomination reflected our collaborative approach, with colleagues from the Subject Expert Team at the National STEM Learning Centre, STEM Ambassador Hubs and Science Learning Partnerships all contributing to the online programme through its period of rapid expansion. With over 20 courses, we are now able to offer pathways for teacher CPD, supported by experienced online mentors, enabling sustained change in the classroom.

The ALT judging panel commented:

“This team have developed a range of high quality massive open online courses (MOOCs). More significantly they have affected a cultural change to the value of online learning, which is having real impact across a broad network of STEM Ambassadors.”

Our approach to online CPD

You can watch Matt Cornock, our Online CPD Coordinator, Karen Hornby (representing the Subject Expert Team) and Angela Rust (representing STEM Ambassadors) accept the runner-up prize.

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