CMALT Portfolio

This site is the portfolio for Zak Mensah


Describe and reflect on your skills and experience against a set of core areas and specialism(s), which constitute the CMALT framework. In order to achieve certification, you need to demonstrate knowledge and application of effective practice in four core areas. CMALT Guidelines (PDF)

Contextual statement

Concise biography outlining your career history and current roles, briefly describe the operational area you work in and reflect on why you are submitting your portfolio for CMALT and how this relates to future career aspirations

1. Your background, skills and experience, including current or recent activities or roles relevant to this application for CMALT

From 2001 - 2005 I studied for a BA in Multimedia Computing where I achieved a 1st class Honours degree and first gained an appreciation for e-learning. The course covered a broad section of computing encompassing multimedia design and the use of technology to support a range of activities. I worked at a secondary school during my sandwich placement as the sole ICT assistant where I was responsible for supporting all areas of IT provision. As part of my final year dissertation I produced an e-learning CD-ROM multimedia resource for the school demonstrating how to build a computer to replace an in-class demonstration.

Alongside my studies I had various opportunities to freelance and produced a broad body of work that includes website design, advising on online projects and supporting ICT summer school camps for secondary school children.

After graduating I continued to work part-time as a multimedia freelancer, alongside which I worked for Bristol City Council supporting a Council wide ICT deployment project.

A freelance project building e-learning resources for the University of Leicester led to a fixed-term full-time opportunity as a Learning Technologist for the University of Leicester's Staff development centre. This role entailed supporting the institutional e-learning strategy in a variety of ways including running workshops on using technology for teaching and learning, advising on course design and building e-learning materials.

In 2008 I began my current role as the e-Learning Officer for JISC Digital Media based at the University of Bristol. My role is to provide advice and support nationally to the UK Further and Higher education sector on all aspects of using digital media to support teaching and learning. Core areas of support include offering sound advice on the planning, design and creation of images, video and audio within teaching contexts such as online delivery and blended learning scenarios. The support distills best practice, knowledge transfer, and embedding knowledge in the community.

why you are wishing to complete the CMALT accreditation?

I am completing the CMALT accreditation process as part of my professional development. I see the process as an opportunity to demonstrate the types of activity that my role entails and how this aligns with other e-learning professionals who are CMALT certified.

Many members of the ALT community are widely regarded as highly skilled and knowledgeable people that I can learn a lot from and also share my own knowledge with in the future. This is particularly important in my role which is trying to support and improve understanding and use nationally.

3. How this relates to your future career aspirations.

I believe that CPD is important and the completed CMALT accreditation will demonstrate my commitment to this and also help me to decide what directions I may wish to pursue in the short / medium term based on past successes and identify new areas for me to focus on.


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CMALT awarded 7th July 2011


CMALT is a peer-based professional accreditation scheme developed by ALT to enable people whose work involves learning technology.

Content last updated 17 March 2011

About me

Hello folks. I am Zak Mensah, a web loving e-learning officer based at the University of Bristol for JISC Digital Media.