Oliver QuinlanOliver Quinlan: Plymouth UniversityInnovative primary teaching and learning and a massively popular games-based learning website shared the honours for the Learning Technologist of the Year Award 2011 presented at the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) annual conference in Leeds this week.

Oliver Quinlan, formerly a teacher at Robin Hood Primary School, Birmingham, and now lecturer in education at Plymouth University, is recognised for effective work using collaboration technologies (including class blogs and Google docs). He shares the award with John Rutherford, of Marlborough School Science College, St Albans, who created the What2Learn website which features more than 70,000 learning games created by teachers from around the world (it gets up to 50,000 page views per day).

John RutherfordJohn Rutherford: What2LearnThe awards, sponsored by Adobe Systems, were announced last night (September 7) at the organisation's 18th annual conference, ALT-C 2011: "Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate", which is being held this week (September 6-9) at the University of Leeds. ALT was originally focused on lecturers in higher and further education but now includes schoolteachers following the closure of government ICT agency Becta.

Seb Schmoller, ALT chief executive, commented: “This year’s entries showed the breadth of excellent practice in technology enhanced learning in the UK and more widely, and the real difference that learning technologists are making to learners across all sectors of education. ALT’s origins are in the HE and FE sectors, but the spectrum of winning and commended entries shows that practitioners are now looking outside of their normal silos. That is a very welcome development.”

Other winners announced were for the team award: the In-Folio Implementation Team from JISC Techdis; The Rix Centre; The National College for Young People with Epilepsy; Portland College; National Star College.

Runner-up for the individual award was Neil Morris from the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds, and Michael Thrussell from Henshaws College, Harrogate, was highly commended.

The team award joint second prize went to the Learning Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC) Team from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland, and to the Open Nottingham Team from the University of Nottingham.

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