Academic Literacy

#Take5 #101 Collaborating to embed academic literacies: Enhancing our best practice model

Published: 28/03/2024 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Academic Literacy

Introduction This #Take5 blog is brought to you by Sue Raleigh, Robyn McWilliams and Dr Quentin Allan at Auckland University of Technology in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The background to this blog involved a collaboration between learning advisors [Robyn & Quentin] and a faculty lecturer [Sue] who coordinates a course teaching human anatomy and physiology. With a shared objective to enhance students’ academic literacies, we told our story in a case study (Allan, McWilliams,  & Raleigh, 2023). In this blog we start by revisiting some ideas from that case, then we use this space to further elaborate our best practice model. […]

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#Take5 #98 Sharing the Third Space Symposium – through blackout poetry

Published: 14/12/2023 - Reading Time: 8 min

Categories: Take5 | Academic Literacy

Hanging Off the Edge Tom Burns, London Metropolitan UniversitySandra Sinfield, London Metropolitan UniversitySandra Abegglen, University of CalgaryContact:  Image: The Poets: Tom, Sandra S and Sandra A (drawn by Jacqui Bartram, #ALDcon23) It’s third space and blackout poetry: Happy Christmas! In this #Take5 blog post, we are delighted to showcase a Blackout Poem crafted by Tom Burns, with the collaborative support of Sandra Sinfield and Sandra Abegglen, based on a Helen Webster blogpost on conceptualising Learning Development. Our ‘poem’ creation was featured at the Higher Education Third Space Online Symposium on November 8, 2023, organised by the Higher Education Third […]

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#Take5 #93 A partnership approach to embedding academic literacies 

Published: 17/08/2023 - Reading Time: 6 min

Categories: Take5 | Academic Literacy

This #Take5 is brought to you from Bethany Robertson and Angela Newton. Bethany and Angela are based at the University of Leeds as a Lecturer and Learning Advisor, respectively. A mission to embed academic literacies in the Sociology & Social Policy curriculum brought them together and led them to consider what successful ‘embedding’ looks like and their role in making it happen. This is their story. From periphery to priority  The academic literacy sessions are designed for first year undergraduate students to aid the transition to undergraduate study (Chanock, 2007), to address inequities in learning expectations (Hubbard et al, 2020) […]

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#Take5 #91 The good, the bad, the sensational of ChatGPT

Published: 13/07/2023 - Reading Time: 10 min

Categories: Digital Literacy | Academic Literacy | Take5 | Technology Enhanced Learning

This #Take5 is brought to you from Dr Katharine Jewitt, Researcher and Associate Lecturer at The Open University and ALDinHE’s  wonderful Administrator and Web Developer (AKA Technical Wizard). Artificial Intelligence, and ChatGPT, constitute a phenomenal technological advancement in transforming traditional systems of education, enabling us to radically rethink the way we teach and learn. ChatGPT is driving an education revolution. It’s here to stay but leads to some big questions. This post explains what ChatGPT is and how to use it; what we can do about it, current challenges and potential future applications. Read on to learn more about Chat […]

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#Take5 #76 Writing as liberatory practice

Published: 21/09/2022 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Research | Take5

This #Take5 is brought to you from @EvilDoctorB herself (Carina Buckley) – and her demonic sidekick @AlicjaSyska – or the other way round… (You can see them below literally inhabiting our LD third space)… We are so happy that after writing their most excellent paper on writing as liberatory practice, they agreed to write this blog for us. And oh what a blog this is fizzing with energy and joy – if this doesn’t get you writing … Unlock your knowledge and liberate LD ‘And there are so many stories to tell, too many, such an excess of intertwined lives […]

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#Take5 #73 Teaching research skills – my epic adventure…

Published: 01/07/2022 - Reading Time: 5 min

Categories: Playful and Creative Learning | Academic Literacy | Digital Literacy | Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Research Methodologies and Data Collection | Study Skills | Take5 | Technology Enhanced Learning

This month’s #Take5 is brought to you from Daisy Abbott an interdisciplinary researcher and research developer based in the School of Simulation and Visualisation at The Glasgow School of Art. Daisy experiments with game-based learning – and has created a novel approach to teaching research skills. Research: Mapping and Pathfinding My name is Daisy Abbott, I’m a researcher in game-based learning and teacher of postgraduates at the School of Simulation and Visualisation at The Glasgow School of Art. Join me on my quest to navigate the dangerous lands of teaching Research Skills… Keywords: Research skills, academic skills, higher order thinking skills, […]

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#Take5 #72 Poetry and pedagogy: Using blackout poetry to build students’ academic reading literacies

Published: 26/05/2022 - Reading Time: 11 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Take5

Blackout poetry and playful reading This #Take5 blog explores and illustrates the power and potential of blackout poetry and is a thing of real beauty. Just have a look at the amazing way Aimee Merrydew uses it to enhance reading and writing across her literature programme – and pause and think about how to adapt this to your own context.  We love blackout poetry and have used it with students and staff-as-students to help particularly with approaching policy documents. After reading Aimee’s blog we plan to use it with PGCert LTHE staff to help them think through student issues with reading, hoping […]

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Research into student preferences around one-to-one academic writing appointments post-pandemic

Published: 28/02/2022 - Reading Time: 3 min

Categories: Study Skills | Academic Literacy

In this blog post, we will be sharing the results of our research into student preferences around one-to-one academic writing appointments post-pandemic. The Writing@Liverpool scheme was launched in 2019, with all appointments taking place in-person in the university library. All the writing tutors are current PhD students at the university and are able to offer appointments at times which fit in with their studies. The service was initially popular, with over 600 appointments being attended in the first semester. However, when Covid-19 arrived in March 2020 and appointments moved online via Microsoft Teams, there was a big drop in bookings. […]


#Take5 #68 It’s a collaborative affair: Reflecting on success

Published: 24/02/2022 - Reading Time: 10 min

Categories: Research | Academic Literacy | Take5

This #Take5 post is brought to you from Ed Bickle from the LDU at Bournemouth University and Ralitsa Kantcheva, a Study Skills Adviser at Bangor University. They are reflecting on their involvement in one of ALDinHE’s CoP (Community of Practice  – see The Research CoP. The Research CoP is a group of LDers on diverse contracts who came together to support themselves as researchers in the field of Learning Development. Key words: collaborative writing, learning development research, autoethnography, non-hierarchical Reflecting on participation in our research collaborative writing project This blog post offers the reflections of an academic non-hierarchical research collaborative writing […]

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#Take5 #46 The Best Way to Shake Up Academic Publishing?

Published: 30/07/2020 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Study Skills

This #Take5 is brought to you from Dr Chris Little. Chris is a Learning Developer and Teaching Fellow in Keele University’s Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence and serves on the editorial board of Innovative Practice in Higher Education. Chris writes about the journal – with a special focus on their new poster section. Publish Your Poster Presentations with Innovative Practice in Higher Education Innovative Practice in Higher Education (IPIHE) is an independent online journal currently, and very kindly, hosted at Staffordshire University. The journal is an opportunity for any colleagues in HE to share their innovations in delivering teaching […]

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