ALTC 2014 Riding Giants

Learning Technologist of the Year #altc #LTaward

The 2014 ALTC conference is the first I’ve attended in person, it’s one of the conferences I’ve wanted to get to since I started in this career. It’s also the first year I’ve been part of the Learning Technologist of the Year award. I am proud and honoured to be recognised, through the ‘highly commended’ LTOTY award, for my work.

  • This is Part 14 in my series where I am posting on my thoughts about being a Learning Technologist. This, and the previous posts, have been collected together with context and commentary into my eBook ‘What is a Learning Technologist?’

Many thanks to the award committee, to ALT, to those I’ve worked with, and those who I’ve had contact / tweets / conversations with over the years. Just so you’re in no doubt, I haven’t finished yet, there’s more to come from me … !

As part of the timetable for the ALT conference I was asked to present a short session to delegates on the LTOTY award, in support of the award. For me it’s all about the main/core attitudes we, LTs, need to have: confidence, communications, creative, curious, adaptable, relaxed, agreeable, humble, and above all, just be ready to take on all work, at all levels, to the best or your ability and recognise when you need to learn something new!

Here are my slides:

David Hopkins: 2014 Learning Technologist Of The Year Award #ALTC

As part of the award I also wrote an article for the ALT Newsletter, again highlighting my work and the award – I used the space to talk about the attitudes, work ethics, professionalism, etc. of LTs. You can read my ALT Newsletter article here.

And, just to prove it really did happen, he’s the photographic proof, thank you ALT:

ALTC CONFERENCE

Cover image credit: freepik.com

  • Massive congratulations David. Very well done and very well deserved!!! Very happy for you that all your creative efforts and commitment has been recognised. It ihas been a pleasure working together.

    Chrissi

    • Thanks Chrissi, and may we continue to work on other projects too

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  • John

    Don’t know about saying yes. I’m finding saying yes, just gives me more and more work, can it be a case of saying “yes, but . . .” set reasonable expectations . . .

    • Hi John. In relation to building relationships then I say ‘yes’ to as much as I can fit onto my schedule. There is also the implication of saying ‘no’ to someone who has finally plucked up the courage to try something new … once they try and find something to stop them, they won’t try again.

      Saying ‘yes’ also enables us to manage not only our team but who (LT as well as academic) is doing what, where, with who, and how. Often I find myself saying ‘yes’ in order to be more closely involved in whatever the idea or project is, only to find I’m the only one doing anything to progress it. In these instances it’s a case of saying ‘yes’ knowing full well it won’t get very far (through no fault of my own). It is then that, because we said ‘yes’ that we can also influence progress and keep momentum on something that would otherwise have slowly died.

      So, say ‘yes’ and see where you can manage expectations.

      All the best, David.

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