28 May 2020 - 28 May 2020

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LD@3: Using visual sources to develop analytical thinking.

Date: Thursday 28th May 2020 – Time: 15.00

Presenter(s): Alicja Syska

Location: Online via Zoom


The potential of visual sources to encourage deeper thinking in higher education has been widely explored in literature (Brown, 2004; Morrell and Duncan-Andrade, 2004; Van Horn, 2008; Zenkov and Harmon, 2009; Lackovic, 2010). Images can be fruitfully deployed to help students engage in reflection or to simply trigger discussion (Berger, 1972) in an ostensibly low stakes and inclusive environment where everyone can offer a visual interpretation. Analysing images does not require demonstration of specialist knowledge but is an acquired skill and, as such – I discovered – lends itself beautifully to LD practice in a range of areas. This session will present an interactive exercise I run with students (at all levels) to inspire a different way of understanding critical analysis, and offer insights into its effectiveness (as well as limitations). The participants will be encouraged to play along or just watch the process, and, ultimately, to incorporate images into their own educator’s toolkit.

ALDinHE 2021: The Learning Development Conference

2021’s #ALDcon will be held just after Easter on the 7th, 8th and 9th April 2021 at The University of Northampton.


Regional Symposia

As well as the annual conference, ALDinHE hosts several one-day events, known as Regional Symposia, throughout the year, to encourage building local communities and networks of practice, as well as inspiring others to host future events.

Whether you are new to Learning Development or an old hand, Regional Symposia are a fantastic and accessible opportunity to learn from and share practice with each other, and contribute to your own research and professional development.

Interested in hosting, attending or presenting at a symposium?
Contact one of the regional coordinators:

Madeleine Mossman –
Dr Alistair Morey –



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