Thursday, July 23, 2020

Stronger together. EuroCALL signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).



Pictured: EUROCALL President (Dr Mirjam Hauck (President) and ALT Chief Executive (Dr Maren Deepwell) 

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the European Association of Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) on 4 March 2020.

ALT’s Chief Executive, Dr Maren Deepwell, said “in these difficult times collaboration between scholarly bodies remains key to our Members. We are delighted to formally announce this new relationship which we are looking forward to developing in the coming years. Learning Technology plays an important role in language learning and the work that EUROCALL are doing is closely aligned to our strategic aims and values.”

EUROCALL’s President, Dr Mirjam Hauck, said “We look forward to a fruitful and inspiring collaboration between the two organisations. We feel we are already benefiting from ALT’s expertise in online events which gave us impetus to put together the EuroCALL online Gathering event on 20th/21st August. We are grateful to ALT for sharing their knowledge and experience so openly."

ALT and EUROCALL are both organisations working to enhance the understanding and application of learning technology in education.

EUROCALL brings together international researchers, practitioners and developers both new and experienced who feel passionate about the use of technology for the learning and teaching of languages and cultures.

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK.  Representing individual and organisational Members from all sectors including Further and Higher Education and industry. ALT provides recognition and accreditation through the CMALT Accreditation Framework  for all with a professional interest in Learning Technology.

There is a lot of scope for collaboration and networking between ALT and EUROCALL with both organisations working to provide a supportive environment for individuals and researchers. 

Some of these activities include academic publishing and community events ( ALT: Research in Learning Technology; ALT: altc and ONLINE SUMMER SUMMIT 2020 Eurocall RECALL: RECALL Journal; EUROCALL review; EUROCALL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGSEUROCALL ONLINE GATHERING 2020 )

ALT looks forward to collaborating with EUROCALL (subject to agreement of the two bodies) through :

  • influencing and helping shape policy on the government’s learning technology agenda

  • enhancing  relationships on issues on which the two associations have common interests

  • sharing information on technology for learning

  • offering reciprocal organisational or sponsoring membership to one another

  • running joint events on areas of shared interest

  • collaborating on joint projects

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@A_L_T / #altc

@EurocallLang / #eurocall

This announcement is also available on the ALT website. 


Supporting professional development for EuroCALL -ers

Last summer we surveyed our community to find out what sort of professional recognition was available to those who work with technology in the field of language. We shared details of ALT's Certified membership known as CMALT, a peer assessed e-portfolio approach to professional recognition. The survey showed that this was of interest to our members:

Therefore this is one of the areas we will investigate further with ALT. 

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