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Annual membership

We look forward to welcoming you to the lively and supportive network of ALDinHE members.

Institutional Membership – what can we offer?

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Institutional membership runs from 1st September to 31st August. For £250 per annum, institutions benefit from:

  • Reduced delegate rate for the annual Conference
  • Priority booking and reduced fees at ALDinHE regional and CPD events
  • Active support of research into Learning Development through annual research funding and mentoring opportunities
  • The opportunity to apply for and receive professional recognition
  • The opportunity to contribute to a peer-reviewed collection of quality learning resources through LearnHigher
  • Access to resources and conferences produced by our international partners in Australia, New Zealand and Canada
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting (one vote per institution)
  • Membership rights to the resources and events of our Consortium partners
  • A public demonstration of an institution’s commitment to student learning and the student experience.

Current institutional members

Institutional membership application form

Individual Membership

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***** Please note: individual membership is not required if you are affiliated with an institutional member (the list of institutional members can be found here). Please check before proceeding with payment for individual membership that you are not already affiliated to an institutional member. *****

  • Individual membership costs £30 per annum. Benefits include:
  • Priority booking and reduced fees at ALDinHE regional and CPD events
  • The opportunity to contribute to a peer-reviewed collection of quality learning resources through LearnHigher
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting (one vote per member) (delegates at the annual conference are automatically granted individual membership from conference to conference)
  • Being part of a supportive professional network – join the LDHEN jiscmail list and be part of the conversation.

Individual membership application form

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ALDinHE Working Groups

If you are a practitioner in the Learning Development community and would like the opportunity to become actively involved in ALDinHE’s work through a variety of new and established Working Groups – we are actively looking for new members. Please contact admin@aldinhe.ac.uk for more information.

The ALDinHE consists of the following working groups:

Communications Coordination Group

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The Communication and Membership working group is responsible for promoting the work of ALDinHE to those within the profession and key stakeholders. This includes developing and maintaining our online presence (through our website, social media and emails) and promoting the benefits of Institutional membership to HEIs. We also provide a means for learning developers to communicate with, and support each other, via the Learning Development in HE Network mailing list, which we maintain and monitor. We work closely with all working groups to help promote ALDinHE and all its work, to all interested and influential parties.  

Members of the group are required to attend monthly meetings which take place via video conferencing and complete actions which are distributed across the group.

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Conference Committee

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ALDinHE’s annual 3-day conference is held on the Monday – Wednesday before or after Easter. Would you like to be part of a working group of volunteers, helping to shape the conference programme, review proposals and play an important part in making our annual conference a huge success? Being part of a working committee team, you’ll gain experience in conference organising, marketing, networking with people from other institutions, peer-reviewing skills, among many professional skills that can translate to careers in and out of academia.

Working group activities including reviewing proposals, helping to spread the word about the conference and providing input to help us make the conference the best it can be and reflect our diverse LD community across the UK and beyond. The group establishes and maintains a plan of activities to action. Monthly meetings take place via video conferencing. You’ll need excellent interpersonal skills, meticulous attention to detail and effective time management and organisational abilities.

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Events Group

As well as the annual conference, ALDinHE hosts several one-day events, known as Regional Symposia, throughout the year. These encourage the development of local communities and networks of practice, offer the opportunity to present on emerging work and provide hosts with the support necessary for them to gain experience in organising external events. Regional networking will remain one focus for this group, but the 2020 experience has demonstrated that there is both demand and capacity for national events delivered online. Therefore this group will be building upon the great success of the LD@3 workshop series developed by the Conference Committee and offering similar events throughout the year.  

The new Events Working Group will also collaborate with other ALDinHE groups to offer developmental and networking opportunities for all members of the Learning Development community by bringing together groups of people with shared interests or priorities. 

We are currently looking for new members who are keen on becoming more involved in developing the LD community’s events programme.

We are looking for people skilled in organisation, marketing or networking and who have the finger on the pulse of evolving issues in LD.

Broadly, responsibilities will include working with  host institutions supporting them with the planning, organisation and evaluation of a half-day or one-day events which will be hosted either online or face to face.

The initial tasks will be to:

  • Establish Terms of Reference for the working group
  • Identify new hosts for future events
  • Draw up a list principles for hosting events

If you interested in joining this group, please contact admin@aldinhe.ac.uk 

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Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Working Group

Would you like to join a team of volunteers who edit and publish scholarship in Learning Development?  The role requires commitment all year round, with peak times twice a year, usually in Spring and late Autumn. Monthly meetings take place via video conferencing. The following skills are helpful to being involved in this group: excellent communication skills, experience of writing for publication, knowledge of current debates in Learning Development, confidence in using technology, attention to detail, effective time management, and passion for Learning Development.

As a member of the editorial group, you will contribute to the evolution of the Journal, shape its policies, gain insight into the wide range of LD initiatives in HE, and improve your peer-reviewing skills. You will also have a chance to lead on a particular area of the Journal’s activity.

Working with a team of editors, communicating with authors and reviewers, assisting in the peer review process, sharing expertise, attending meetings and advising on strategies, as well as acting as an ambassador for the Journal.

Visit the Journal

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Learn Higher Working Group

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Would you like to be part of a working group of volunteers responsible for providing an accessible platform promoting the sharing of digital learning development resources? Members of the group are required to attend a monthly online meeting, plus 1-2 hrs per month on tasks & reviewing. No specific skills are required, but it is useful to have good understanding of English for reviewing resources, reasonable IT skills, plus comfortable using the internet. Support is provided. Members of the Learn Higher Group gain experience in:

  • Collaborative learning – eg accessibility legislation
  • IT skills outside normal educational practice – eg various communication platforms, wordpress, etc.
  • Networking with wider LD community
  • Organising and preparing for conference sessions & events

Group activities include reviewing new submissions, checking against criteria, uploading to the website, and supporting LDrs to create and submit resources.

Visit Learn Higher

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Partnerships and Collaborations Working Group

The Association of Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) is a grouping of professionals uniquely gathered from many and various other disciplines, with connections to numerous professional bodies, organisations and agencies. The new Partnerships and Collaboration Working Group is an exciting development aiming to build relationships across organisational boundaries based on ALDinHE’s five core values.

Broadly, responsibilities will include exploring opportunities and ideas for collaboration with other higher education agencies and organisations, sustaining and building relationships with identified groups and establishing platforms for knowledge exchange.

The Partnerships and Collaborations Group will be working on the following initial tasks:

  • Establish Terms of Reference for the working group
  • Review ALDinHE’s existing partnerships
  • Devise a plan to maintain and enhance existing partnerships, as appropriate.
  • Draw up a list of key agencies and organisations and devise a plan to establish initial networks.

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Peer Mentoring Working Group

ALDinHE is a grouping of professionals uniquely gathered from many and various other disciplines. In our commitment to make ALDinHE an inclusive and welcoming space for people new to LD work, we are developing a mentoring scheme.

The ALDinHE Peer Mentoring scheme will be designed to improve access to the ALDinHE community and help all our members make the most of and get involved in the Association, including applying for:

✔    Research Grants

✔    CeP/CeLP

✔    Publication in JLDinHE

✔    Producing resources for LearnHigher

✔    Career development guidance.

This is an invitation to join the ALDinHE Peer Mentoring Working Group!

We plan to meet virtually each month from June 2020.

The initial tasks will be to:

  • Define terms of reference
  • Liaise with other ALDinHE working groups to recruit mentors
  • Devise a system to pair mentees with mentors
  • Expand the ALDinHE Expertise Directory
  • Evaluate mentor scheme strands.

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Professional Development Working Group

Would you like to be involved in the development of an ALDinHE professional development programme?

The professional development working group works collaboratively to develop a professional development programme. Members of the group support and help others in continuous professional development and sharing professional expertise. The working group facilitates training and professional development opportunities  across the LD community.

Members of the group are required to attend monthly meetings which take place via video conferencing and complete actions which are distributed across the group.

Professional Recognition Working Group

The ALDinHE recognition scheme emerged from a strong community consensus that although Learning Developers can have diverse roles, they will share certain values. Using this feedback, ALDinHE developed the Certified Practitioner (CeP) and Certified Leading Practitioner (CeLP) awards. Members of the professional recognition group are responsible for supporting applicants in completing their applications, reviewing applications. There is a requirement for you to be a certificated practitioner to be a part of this working group.

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Research Development Working Group

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Would you like to support the development of a research- and evidence-based understanding of Learning Development? As a member of the research development working group, you’ll gain insight into the wide range of LD initiatives in HE and be responsible for monitoring external opportunities for funding relevant to the LD community and supporting the dissemination of LD research and acting as a guide for members’ research projects. You’ll need an understanding of the process of ideas generation for research, how to evaluate feasibility and define research aims and objectives. You’ll need experience in methods for data collection and analysis. Members of the group are required to attend monthly meetings which take place via video conferencing and complete actions which are distributed across the group.

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Research Funding Working Group

Would you like to be part of a group of volunteers, providing support, guidance and opportunity to those wishing to carry out research and development activities commensurate with the broader aims of ALDinHE?

You’ll need an understanding of the process of ideas generation for research, how to evaluate feasibility and define research aims and objectives. You’ll need experience in methods for data collection and analysis. Each year ALDinHE allocates funding for innovative research projects that focus on specific aspects of Learning Development.

You’ll need an understanding of the process of ideas generation for research, how to evaluate feasibility and define research aims and objectives. You’ll need experience in methods for data collection and analysis.

The ALDinHE grants are competitive bids, which are judged by the Research and Development working group against the following criteria:

  1. The extent to which the research will directly impact or further enhance students’ experiences of Learning Development.
  2. Evidence of collaboration and clear implications for the field of Learning Development, beyond the individual’s immediate practice / subject field.
  3. Appropriate and achievable aims within the context of the project, including details as to how the project will be evaluated and shared with the LD community.
  4. Appropriate research question/s, methodology and breakdown of financial details and how this builds on the current literature within the field.
  5. Demonstration of how the project is aligned with the research team’s interest and experience in pedagogic research.

Project outcomes are disseminated to the wider community through the website and the annual ALDinHE conference.

Members of the research funding group are responsible for supporting the dissemination of LD research, reviewing research funding bids and acting as a guide for members’ research projects. Also, monitoring external opportunities for funding relevant to the LD community.

Steering Group

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The steering group consists of the Association’s Co-Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary and Co-Chairs and members of the working groups.

Please click here to read about the Steering Group’s members’ roles.

You can learn more about the people that make up our steering group here.

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ExploreLearn Higher

LearnHigher is a network for promoting and facilitating the development and dissemination of high quality, peer-reviewed resources for learning development in the higher education sector.

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