SCMALT Portfolio 2019

Matt Cornock

Senior Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology

March 2019


This Senior CMALT portfolio was submitted as part of the pilot process in 2019. If you are looking at this portfolio as an example, please also refer to the updated guidance for SCMALT candidates. I encourage you to think about where this portfolio could be improved based on that guidance to help you write your own. Some of the sections could look more at the impact and influence on others, and use of the reflection prompt questions now provided in the guidance.

Please also see my 2023 portfolio renewal.

Contextual statement

I am the Online CPD Coordinator for STEM Learning, a national non-profit organisation that provides professional development (CPD) for teachers and others involved in the education of young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In this role I manage the online programme, including commissioning authoring of online courses by leading experts, developing the learning design with our in-house professional development subject experts, creating resources, editing and exploring other forms of online CPD. The role requires pedagogic knowledge to support the design of courses, evaluation, project and programme management, technical skill and leadership of the programme. Our online courses are provided through the FutureLearn platform, providing massive, open online courses (MOOCs) for free, and also a small number of paid-for, closed cohort courses. I started this role in February 2017.

Prior to joining STEM Learning I worked at the University of York for over ten years, first within a online programme team, then as VLE coordinator within a department and later within the central E-Learning Development Team (ELDT) as an e-learning adviser and the service manager for lecture capture.

Central to all my roles has been collaboration with others (students, staff, administrators and management), learning from others by understanding discipline-based practice and learning and teaching approaches, and developing colleagues’ technology-enhanced learning capabilities. Moving from a departmental role to an institutional role gave me greater opportunity to explore how strategic objectives (for example VLE provision, lecture capture service) are underpinned with technical and service objectives, aligned with end-users through learning and teaching objectives. Whilst at the departmental level, learning technology interventions could be quickly deployed in targeted ways, at institutional level there are further considerations of scalability, maintenance and ongoing support that must also be included.

In my current role, I am able to work both with a small team to create courses and influence approaches across a wider network of professional development practitioners.

I have supported my ongoing development by completing an MA in Online and Distance Education (2015), regularly engaging in conferences and networks, and continuing as a CMALT lead assessor. I completed the York Professional and Academic Development programme to achieve Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2016. I joined ALT’s Membership Development Committee in 2017.

This is my third CMALT portfolio. I have taken this opportunity to re-write all sections and reflect on recent work outside the higher education sector where possible. Some examples in the portfolio are from my previous role at the University of York back to 2015.

Confirmation and date of submission

I declare that, to the best of my knowledge, the statements and evidence included in this submission accurately describe my practice and are drawn from my own work, with the input and support of others duly and clearly recognised.

Matt Cornock

Matt Cornock

Submitted for review 31 January 2019.