Press Release - New Host for Becta ICT Research Network: 29 November 2010

Becta sent out this announcement earlier today to all ICT Research Network Members:

Dear ICT Research Network Members,

As you are aware, we have been seeking an organisation or group to host and support the ICT Research Network (ICTRN) to ensure that the ICT in education research community continues to be supported beyond Becta’s closure.

We are delighted to inform you that following a selection process we have invited the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) in partnership with Naace to offer the new provision for ICTRN. ALT and Naace are supported in this by the eLearning Network (ELN) the Mirandanet Fellowship, and the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE). The work will be done on a pro-bono rather than funded basis.

ALT ( and Naace ( both have a strong track record of running successful educational communities online and should provide a good long term home for the ICT Research Network. Their joint proposal for hosting and developing the ICTRN as a free, independent and accessible resource is very much attuned to the ethos of online communities as well as to Becta’s charitable aims to support and promote the effective use of technology for education.

Their solution will continue to provide an email list delivery channel as requested by ICTRN members. But once the transition to the new channel is complete and after a period of steady state activity there is the potential to develop ICTRN in new ways, depending on the views of ICTRN network members. ALT, Naace and their supporting partners are committed to using their existing expertise and extensive links with the research community to renew and refresh the ICTRN. They plan to ensure it remains a relevant and lively space for the exchange of information and ideas to stimulate debate and provide opportunities for learning, networking and sharing best practice between all those with an interest in research on ICT in education.

In accordance with Data Protection Becta will NOT transfer your personal details to ALT/Naace, so we strongly encourage ICTRN members to register themselves with our new chosen provider by completing the relevant web form at

We will work with ALT over the coming weeks to ensure that ICTRN is effectively and successfully transferred and with minimum disruption to the community.

Please note that we plan to close the existing Becta hosted ICT Research Network by the end of December 2010, so it is really important that you register with the new solution as soon as possible.

Many thanks and best regards,

ICT Research Network Moderator

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A discussion list for the ICT in Education Research Network, which will be transferred from Becta to ALT, working in partnership with Naace, and with the support of the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education, the eLearning Network, and the Mirandanet Fellowship, in December 2010.

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About ALT and Naace:

Founded in 1993, ALT – – is a UK based independent educational charity and professional and scholarly association, with over 700 individual members and over 200 organisational and sponsoring members.

ALT’s charitable object is “to advance education through increasing, exploring and disseminating knowledge in the field of learning technology for the benefit of the general public”. By “learning technology” we mean the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment; and by “learning technologist” we mean people who are actively involved in managing, researching, supporting or enabling learning with the use of learning technology.

ALT’s six aims are to:

  • represent and support our members, and provide services for them;
  • facilitate collaboration between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers;
  • spread good practice in the use of learning technology;
  • raise the profile of research in learning technology;
  • support the professionalisation of learning technologists;
  • contribute to the development of policy.

Naace – – is the ICT subject association for the UK schools sector. It is a community of educators, technologists and policy makers who share a vision for the role of technology in advancing education. Its members include teachers, school leaders, advisors and consultants working within and across all phases of UK education.

As a professional association, it represents the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector at a national and international level, as well as supporting members across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection. It plays a key role in both members’ professional development and the development of the profession as a whole, through the sharing of innovation and expertise.


  • provides practical information, resources, support and guidance to Members, Sponsoring Partners and UK government departments on current issues relating to ICT in education;
  • supports networking opportunities for Members from schools, Local Authorities, the IT industry and UK government agencies;
  • engages in consultation at local, regional, national and international levels;
  • provides professional development opportunities. You can find out more about the Network on the Becta Research website at:
Press Release - New Host for Becta ICT Research Network: 29 November 2010
Becta sent out this announcement earlier today to all ICT Research Network Members: