ALDcon24 Programme

Thursday 6th June

TIME

16.00 – 17.00

19.30 – 21.30

ACTIVITY

ALDinHE Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Virtual pub crawlOpen to all registered online and in-person delegates.

Friday 7th June – Online

TIME

9.00 – 9.20

ACTIVITY

Registration

9.20 – 10.40

Welcome Keynote: ALDinHE Strategy Launch with Christie Pritchard and Kate Coulson

10.40- 11.00

Break

11.00 – 12.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS 1 (Download the full programme with abstracts)

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

11.00 – 11.25

Embedding academic literacies and skills into courses through graduate competency maps

Steve Briggs

University of Bedfordshire

This session will be recorded.

11.35 – 12.00

Talking ourselves up: Reframing Learning Development to reflect our expertise

Ian Johnson

University of Portsmouth

This session will be recorded.

Pedagogical uses of AI tools: Reflection on a case study

Arina Cirstea

De Monfort University

This session will be recorded.

ChatGPT: A force for good? Using the I.D.E.As framework to ‘develop and empower’ students

Sarah Hack

University of Surrey

This session will be recorded.

The use of AI tools in the reading-into-writing process: Gains, losses and recommendations

Peter Puxon, Jessica Brook, Ayanna Prevatt-Goldstein

University College London

This session will be recorded.

Building an Academic Prompt Bank to support positive student use of Generative AI

Oli Johnson

University of Sheffield

This session will be recorded.

Engaging men aged 18-24 in Learning Development through social media

Elliot Lake, Anne-Marie Langford

University of Northampton

This session will be recorded.

How a buddy scheme created social and intercultural space for international and home students

Ebba Brooks

University of Salford

This session will not be recorded.

Using metaphors in Learning Development learning and teaching

Amy West

University of Northampton

This session will be recorded.

Promoting equity in education for sustainable development through community-based learning and teaching

Elena Dimova, Rehan Shah, Anne Preston, Stephanie Fuller

University College London, Queen Mary University of London

This session will be recorded.

Fostering Academic Integrity through student partnership – An Academic Integrity Ambassador (AIA) programme

Sarah Robinson, Benjamin Uzoma Achikanu, Sodipe Fikayo, Prasad Shetye and Nivera Appaiah

Swansea University

This session will be recorded.

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch

13.00 – 15.20

PARALLEL SESSIONS 2 (Download the full programme with abstracts)

WORKSHOPS (60 minutes)

Raising the profile of Learning Development: Thinking forwards

Sonia Hood, Edward Powell

University of Reading

This session will be recorded.

Agents for curriculum change: The role of Learning Development

Robert Walsha, Heather Barker

University of Surrey

This session will not be recorded.

Evaluating our ‘impact’ as Learning Developers: Reflections from the Personal Learning Advice Service

Jenny Hillman, Dave Lochte

The Open University

This session will be recorded.

Neurodivergence Resource Bank Showcase

Karen Clark, Jennie Dettmer

Arts University Plymouth, University of Hertfordshire

This session will be recorded.

Wild card session

14.00 – 14.20

Break

14.20 – 15.20

PARALLEL SESSIONS 3 (Download the full programme with abstracts)

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

14.20 – 14.45

Ethical and effortful: Workshopping human and generative AI academic writing collaborations

Johanna Amos

Queen’s University

This session will be recorded.

14.55 – 15.20

‘The Exciting AI Adventure’: Reflections on the ethical use of Generative AI in academic writing

Simon Lee-Price

Buckinghamshire New University

This session will be recorded.

Developing a three-strand approach to playfulness in learning development

Michelle Denby, Samuel Zelibe

Oxford International Education Group

This session will be recorded.

Developing new Learning Developers: Survey results and roadmap

Kate Coulson, Matt Crofts, Sam Thomas

BPP University, University of Hull, Arden University

This session will be recorded.

Writing to learn: Creative LD perspectives for Learning Developers and students

Sandra Abegglen, Carina Buckley, Tom Burns, Sandra Sinfield, Alicja Syska

London Metropolitan University, University of Plymouth

This session will be recorded.

First Ink: The development of a magazine of exemplary academic writing ‘by students, for students’

Gerard Clough

Royal Holloway, University of London

This session will be recorded.

Discovering how students use Generative Artificial Intelligence Tools for academic writing purposes

Bryony Parsons, Heather Johnston

University of Liverpool

This session will be recorded.

Moving beyond embedded: A narrative account of developing an integrated, consultative learning development offer

Louisa Futter, Jonny Denham

University of Bradford

This session will be recorded.

LIGHTNING TALK & RESOURCE SHOWCASE (60 minutes)

Lightning talk

The dialogic presentation as a more compassionate approach to presentations

Laura Dyer

University of Leeds

This session will be recorded.

Resource showcase

Generative Artificial Intelligence and university study: A guide for students by the Study Advice team at the UoR

Georgia Koromila

University of Reading

This session will be recorded.

15.20 – 15.30

Break

15.30 – 16.15

Discussion and questions with poster presenters

Discussion and questions with poster presenters

Designing values-based Learning Development spaces

Barbara Nicolls and the Student Learning and Achievement Team

Buckinghamshire New University

This session will be recorded.

Academic reading: Fear and Trembling or Being and Belonging?

Jane Saville, Tasha Cooper and Stephen Hunt

University of the West of England

This session will be recorded.

Co-creation through Scholarship: The Queen Mary Academy Learner Interns Programme

Graeme Hathaway, Elise Omfalos

Queen Mary University of London

This session will be recorded.

Building inclusive Learning Development spaces “… but we don’t have time for universal design”

Alexandra Read

University of Suffolk

This session will be recorded.

Use of Learner Engagement Analytics to empower medical educators to make data-informed decisions

Lujain Alsadder, Matthew Simmons, Usman Naeem, Graeme Hathaway

Queen Mary University of London

This session will be recorded.

Tuesday 11th June – In-person

TIME

8.00 – 9.00

ACTIVITY

Breakfast networking event

9.00 – 9.15

Registration, refreshments

9.15 – 9.30

Welcome to the University of Glasgow

9.30 – 10.50

Practitioner Mini Keynotes (Download the full programme with abstracts and room numbers.)

Practitioner Mini Keynotes

Second-year success: Offering differentiated support to high achieving students
Chenée Psaros
Queen Mary University of London

Grounded synergy: addressing the challenge to co-construct meaningfully collaborative, quality assured, transnational education (TNE) provision
Dom Conroy
London Metropolitan University

Learning Developers as scholars: Raising our voice
Ian Johnson, Silvina Bishopp-Martin
University of Portsmouth, Canterbury Christ Church University

Interviewing the author
Jo Dowds
Spurgeon’s College

How are Learning Developers engaging with AI?
Kate Coulson
BPP University

Study Skills or Study Practices?
Matthew Phull
Central Saint Martins – University of the Arts London

Industry 4.0, Skills for the future and learning development
Rebecca Wilson
University of St Andrews

Exploring academic integrity: Ownership, resilience and the role of Learning Development
Sam Thomas and James Nixon
Arden University

Making it about me: Does self-disclosure enhance students’ learning or is it TMI?
Sarah Thompson-Cook
Manchester Metropolitan University

Resisting ideological echo-chambers: If we’re all critical pedagogues, how will we know we’re doing LD well?
Steven White
University of Southampton

Embedding employability in teaching and learning: How to leverage technology and the role of LDers
Vlasios Sarantinos
University of the West of England

10.50 – 11.10

Break

11.10 – 12.10

PARALLEL SESSIONS 4 (Download the full programme with abstracts and room numbers.)

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

11.10 – 11.35

Diagnostic testing for individualised academic writing support

Rachel Horrocks-Birss

University of Dundee

11.45 – 12.10

Embedding academic skills support in UG taught modules: The strategic position of Learning Development? 

Christopher Laverty, Laura McGinnis

Queen’s University Belfast

An unconditional space to be: Redefining the 1:1 tutorial experience

Kevin Watson

Oxford Brookes University

MyFeedback: An online writing feedback service with students as partners

Ioannis Lignos and Oana Gherasim

University of East London

Working with students after academic misconduct: A new role for academic skills tutors in supporting re-engagement

Sam Thomas, George Collins, James Nixon

Arden University

Study contra skills: Critical study practice as an alternative to reductive notions of ‘study skills’

Matthew Phull

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Perspective-work: A model for appraising learning development practice

Jonathan Denham

University of Bradford

What does HE in FE have to contribute to the future of learning development?

Jen Hayes

London Metropolitan University/Lancaster University

Building empowering student partnerships in transition to university: Students as change agents

Allison Aylward, Janna Thompson

Queen’s University Belfast

Course-specific pre-arrival online module

Silvina Bishopp-Martin

Canterbury Christ Church University

RESOURCE SHOWCASE (60 minutes)

Resource showcase

Not another PDF, please: Using ThingLink scenarios and Camtasia to build engaging Virtual Learning Objects

Alice Stinetorf

University of Southampton

Resource showcase

Glasgow Essentials: Redeveloping induction resources to improve the students’ sense of inclusion and belonging

Stuart Purcell

University of Glasgow

12.10 – 13.10

Lunch

13.10 – 16.40

PARALLEL SESSIONS 5 and Professional Development Networking Session (Download the full programme with abstracts and room numbers.)

WORKSHOPS (60 minutes)

Active listening for effective student engagement

Angela Newton

University of Leeds

Addressing psychological barriers to student learning: Our role as learning developers

Jane McKay, Anne-Marie Langford

Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Northampton

Working together to move the profession forwards (Librarians and Learning Development)

Kate Swinton, Lorraine-Marie James, Gillian Siddall

University of Northampton

Please share your experiences a month before the workshop.

Plagiaruedo: Teaching of academic integrity through a ‘whodunnit’ game (any likeness to other games is intentional!)

Ian Johnson and Laura Barclay

University of Portsmouth

The 5 Ps of LD in Practice: Student partnership approaches in 1-2-1, workshops and online work

Helen Webster

University of Oxford

Critical Learning Development and the crisis of the university: A collective consideration

Gordon Asher

Independent Developer

Artificial Intelligence – How have Learning Developers engaged?

Kate Coulson, Zara Hooley, Carlene Barton, Bev Hancock-Smith, Arina Cirstea, Jo Dowds, Steph Allen and Kerith George-Briant

BPP University, De Montfort University, University of Manchester, Bournemouth University and Abertay University

Wildcard

14.10 – 14.30

Break

14.30 – 15.30

PARALLEL SESSIONS 6 (Download the full programme with abstracts and room numbers.)

PARALLEL SESSIONS 6

PAPERS (25 minutes each) & LIGHTNING TALKS (5 mins each)

14.30 – 14.55

Students as Healthy Learners project – Empowering students to take charge of their learning

Jamaica Ortega Marasigan, Caroline Morgan

Queen’s University Belfast

15.05 – 15.30

Integrated assignment workshops: Developing assessment literacy via collaborative exemplar analysis

Karen Hudson

University of Essex

Lightning talk

Growing transnational partnership educational provision via a Learning Development strategy: Possibilities and pitfalls

Dom Conroy

London Metropolitan University

Lightning talk

Northampton mentors go professional

Helena Beeson and Sheryl Mansfield

University of Northampton

Lightning talk

Who are we? An autoethnographic investigation into Professional Role Identity of the Learning Developer

Helen Briscoe, Claire Olson

Edge Hill University

What if I’m the story? Using self-disclosure as a teaching tool

Sarah Thompson-Cook

Manchester Metropolitan University

The rise of study skills at Strathclyde (and our part in its downfall): A BiLDungsroman

Derek Keenan, Alexander Cuthbert

University of Strathclyde

A bluffer’s guide to academic literacies: Can we communicate a complex set of ideas in simpler terms?

Steven White

University of Southampton

How to change the strategic position of LD in your institution – Learnings from a 9 month project

Jessica Cooper

Kings College London

Opening the ‘black box’: Investigating the policy, practices and preferences of academic staff assessing referencing

Darren Flynn, Fiona Watkins, Lynne York

University of Northampton

Using text-scrolling to increase student engagement in the STEM classroom: A collaboration

Suzy Beck, Jenny Eyley

University of Leeds

Bringing embodied approaches to on-campus research methods teaching for large STEM cohorts: Design, challenges, learning

Nicola Tomlinson, Sarah Kneen

University of Manchester

Building tomorrow’s learning landscape through AI integration and development in Higher Education

Shivani Wilson-Rochford, Alice May

Birmingham City University

I’m a Chatbot; Ask me anything: Building Learning Development for the future

Pauldy Otermans, Stephanie Baines, Beverley Pickard-Jones, Sarah Thomson

Brunel University London, Bangor University

15.30 – 15.50

Break

15.50 – 16.30

Professional Development networking session

19.00 – Late

Conference dinner – House of an Art Lover

Wednesday 12th June

TIME

9.15 – 9.30

ACTIVITY

Registration, refreshments

9.30 – 9.45

Welcome

ALDinHE Co-Chairs

9.45 – 10.55

Keynote Speakers from across Scotland’s institutions

10.55 – 11.15

Break

11.15 – 12.15

PARALLEL SESSIONS 7 (Download the full programme with abstracts and room numbers.)

PARALLEL SESSIONS 7

WORKSHOPS (60 minutes)

Building a classroom practice of free writing to build learners’ academic confidence and reduce anxiety
Pinar Kayacan Aksu, Yesim Deveci
University of East London

The Future of Learning Development: In our hands
Ed Bickle, Steph Allen
Bournemouth University

Deficit to development: Rethinking centralised workshops
Michelle Schneider, Clara Hiskey
University of Leeds

Pragmatist or sellout? The role of middle managers with responsibility for Learning Development
Alistair Morey
Queen Mary University of London

Academic literacies as a theoretical underpinning for LD support
Paul Chin
University of Bath

Leading not telling – The role of the peer mentor
Stevie Prickett, Colin Slattery
Queen Margaret University
Wildcard

12.15 – 13.30

Lunch and move to Glasgow Caledonian University

13.30 – 14.30

PARALLEL SESSIONS 8 (Download the full programme with abstracts and room numbers.)

PAPERS (25 minutes each)

13.30 – 13.55

Online guided reflection sessions: Getting learners to think about the process of learning
Laura Hamilton
University of Surrey

14.05 – 14.30

The role of collaborative podcasting in developing student engagement and reflective practices
Kiu Sum
Solent University

“Everyone is just so furiously typing”: Supporting student choices around digital notetaking in university lectures
Beckie Arden, Simon Gamble, Jennifer Norris
University of Bristol

Step away from the paraphrase: Teaching note-taking as a gateway to knowledge transformation
Zephra Weber
Oxford Brookes University

I’m a Chatbot; Ask me anything: Using ChatGPT to improve learning experiences
Beverley Pickard-Jones, Sarah Thomson, Stephanie Baines, Pauldy Otermans
Bangor University, Brunel University London

A co-creation approach to using Generative AI for enhanced learning gain
Rachel Webster and Stephen Griffin with Postgraduate Students: Anitha Kuriakose, Irene Chatterjee and Ron Nguyen
University of Birmingham

How international PGT students experience assessment practices and what Learning Developers can learn from this
Mona O’Brien, Julia Bohlmann
University of Glasgow

Where’s the fun in that? Building an authentic, inclusive, serious-yet-playful learning development framework
Vic Boyd, Alexander MacDonald; Caroline Fleeting; Fiona Gibson
University of the West of Scotland

Breaking down barriers: Creating a community of learning development at the University of St Andrews
Eilidh Harris, Paula Villegas Verdu
University of St Andrews

Creating online, inclusive spaces for learning: ‘Study Together’ with the Personal Learning Advice Service
Janet Lindley, Mary-Jayne Wilton
The Open University

Drawing a line in the sandbox: Balancing exploration and instruction in AI playgrounds
Tim Worth
University of Bristol

How to swiftly adapt academic writing to the paradigm shift led by AI
Merve Baykan
Sabancı University

14.30 – 14.40

Break

14.40 – 16.00

Conference Delegate Reflections
Closing

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