On behalf of the Conference Committee, I am very pleased to welcome you to the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference 2022, #ALDCon22, which also marks our 20th conference!
Following the success of the virtual conference last year and being mindful that many of us have missed the opportunity to work and socialise face-to-face, #ALDCon22 will have both an online and in-person component. Our online day is 10 June 2022 and our in-person days, hosted by the University of Northampton, are 14-15 June 2022.
This year’s conference has three broad strands that have been chosen to reflect emerging themes in Higher Education and in Learning Development:
- Balancing the digital and the physical.
- Education for sustainability.
- Wellbeing in Learning Development.
Learning Development and the current context
The COVID-19 pandemic and the on-going climate crisis have highlighted inequalities across all sectors of society and have shifted the way in which we view and interact with the world. Yet both issues have also given all of us opportunities to be innovative in our approaches in ways we may not have previously considered. In particular, both of these issues have highlighted the importance of sustainability and wellbeing – both physical and mental – in Higher Education, and how these must be embedded into all HE practices, rather than being considered as separate concepts that exist alongside learning rather than as integral parts of learning.
This year’s conference is a platform for Learning Developers and all HE educators to create, define, and implement practices that promote balance and sustainability for our students. We will have the opportunity to share the practices we have all been developing through the pandemic and to explore how the work we do helps support our students and our professional community in uncertain times.
We have an exciting programme at this conference that will allow members to reflect upon and celebrate our past accomplishments, renew friendships and extend our networks, and jointly explore current and future research directions in Learning Development. We hope that you will have a productive and fun‐filled time at our 20th annual conference.
Thanks and appreciation
I would like thank everyone who has made #ALDCon22 possible. We are delighted to be heading to Northampton, to see friends, both old and new. I would like to start by thanking my fellow members of the Conference Committee and in particular, Carina Buckley, Co-Chair, and the team from University of Northampton: Kate Coulson, Sheryl Mansfield, Amy West, and Sam Thomas, as well the many individual reviewers for helping us select the papers to be presented. And I would like to thank all our presenters for agreeing to take time out of their busy schedules to give us their perspectives on a broad-ranging set of topics. I would particularly like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors. Lastly, I would like to thank all of the conference delegates for their contributions which are the foundation of this conference.
I look forward to coming together in June, both virtually and physically, for an inspiring annual conference.
The ALDinHE Conference Committee wish you a warm welcome and an enjoyable #ALDCon22!
Melanie Crisfield, Conference Chair