The Learn Higher working group is responsibile for providing an accessible platform providing an accessible platform promoting the sharing of digital learning development resources. Group activities include reviewing new submissions, checking against criteria, uploading to the website and supporting Learning Developers to create and submit resources.

If you are interested in joing the Learn Higher group, please email admin@aldinhe.ac.uk, an expression of interest (approx 100 words) on your suitability for the role and your reason why you’d like to be involved in this group.

Carly Ramirez-Herelle

Bio coming soon.

Lee Fallin

Lee works as a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Hull. He has ten years of experience working as a Learning Developer for the University Library and is an ALDinHE Certified Learning Practitioner. Lee is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Microsoft Certified Educator and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Lee has an EdD in Education, a PG Cert in eLearning and is working towards his PG Cert in Academic Practice. His research interests focus on the intersections between education and geography, inclusive of physical and digital spaces. His current research interests include learning spaces and communities, inclusive digital practice, research methodologies and geographies of place. Lee joined the LHWG in 2022. You can find him on Twitter as @LeeFallin.

Chad McDonald

Bio coming soon.

Helena Beeson

Helena Beeson started working as a Learning Development tutor in 2011 at the University of Northampton but has worked in roles across Library and Learning Services for several years before this. Helena joined both the LearnHigher and Conference Working groups in 2019 in order to gain new perspectives on the profession and share her wealth of experience. She is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA with a MA in Modern English and Linguistics. Her current research interests include collaboration with faculty tutors and groupwork.

Jennie Dettmer

Steering Group Member
Co-chair of Learn Higher

Jennie joined the LearnHigher Working Group in December 2017 and became the Co-chair in 2021. She is also a Co-chair of the Neurodiversity/Inclusion Community of Practice. Her interests include technology enhanced learning and accessible teaching practices. She is a qualified dyslexia tutor, a Certified Leading Practitioner of LD, a Senior Fellow of HEA and has an MA in Education (SEND and Inclusion). Outside of ALDinHE she is Co-chair of ALT East England and one of the regional co-ordinators in London, South-East & Anglia for the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education. She has over twenty years of teaching experience and currently works as an Academic Skills Tutor at the University of Hertfordshire for the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science.

Jodie Calleja

Jodie joined the LHWG in early 2020, with an interest in supporting the WG and wider community with access to high-standard resources, and a commitment to the ALDinHE values. Jodie’s career has taken her from FE teaching to HE engagement roles and now academic development, currently in the role of Learning Development Manager at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has a great interest in harnessing technology in teaching and has recently developed a new open-access platform for her institution, offering engaging asynchronous modules on academic skills and information literacy, targeted by level and faculty. She is a qualified teacher, holds a Masters in Sociology of Education and is currently studying for a PhD Sociology. Jodie is also a Certified Practitioner of Learning Development and Fellow of HEA.

Laura Key

Co-chair of Learn Higher

A HE teacher for over 10 years, Laura worked at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, as well as the University Centre at Bradford College, before joining Leeds Beckett University as an Academic Skills Tutor in 2018. It was during her studies for a PhD in American Literature that Laura first became interested in teaching pedagogy, and she counts resource development as one of her strengths in her present role. Laura is currently working on a collaborative resource development project funded by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Leeds Beckett and is also an AdvanceHE Fellow (FHEA).

Moira Maguire

Bio coming soon.

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