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#Take5 #69 Collaboration in Higher Education

Published: 03/03/2022 - Reading Time: 9 min

Categories: Events | Take5 |

This #Take5 is brought to you by #Take5 and Talon. Last year we collaboratively edited a Special Issue on Collaboration in Higher Education for the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice. It was hard work, but life affirming to gather so many tales of cooperation and collegiality. In fact, it created such a sense of hope in us that we did not want to stop there – and decided to invite the authors of those articles to come together in a Symposium on the theme of collaboration. Not everybody could make the event – but the majority will be there to speak to their …

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LD@3 – The Comedy of Learning Development

Published: 01/03/2022 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events |

March 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm There is a significant amount of literature that looks at the connection between stand-up comedy and teaching (Kaplan and Pascoe 1977; Weaver and Cottrell 1988; Kher, Molstad, and Donahue 1999; Norton, 2001; Baumgartner and Morris 2008; Beavers, 2011). Much of the literature has focused on humour; although it has been beneficial to know that using humour “can deliver a jolt of insight and excitement” and provide the “hooks” that will capture the audience’s interest, I would like to take a broader look at the forms or ‘kata’ of the art of stand-that can inform our practice. …

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TALON Take5 Symposium: Collaboration in Higher Education

Published: 28/02/2022 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events |

In this Symposium, we challenge a Higher Education that is increasingly individualistic to rediscover the power of collaboration, to build spaces and places for partnership between service staff, faculty and students – within institutions, between institutions, and with wider stakeholders. Together we can construct the stories and practices of who we are, what we do, and what we and our students want to become – a space to come together to construct meaning and ourselves. Following on from the publication of our Special Issue of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (JUTLP) on Collaboration in Higher Education, we have brought together …

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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. …

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#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 https://aldinhe.ac.uk/networking/communities-of-practice/): 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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Leadership and professional identity: Finding common ground in Learning Development

Published: 03/02/2022 - Reading Time: 1 min

Categories: Events | Leadership and Management |

Thursday 24 February 11am – 12 noon. We all have the capacity and the potential to influence others and bring about change, even if it doesn’t always feel like it. Working in partnership with students to empower them and negotiate change is a form of leadership that arguably every learning developer utilises. Why, then, can it be so difficult to think of ourselves as leaders in relation to our colleagues or have our leadership recognised by wider university management?  In this session, Carina Buckley and Kate Coulson invite you to reflect on how you might already influence others, and use …

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LD@3: Study Skills Diagnostic: a multi-stakeholder approach

Published: 27/01/2022 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events | Study Skills |

February 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Workshop content and aims We will present an overview of our process of involving students as partners in the development of our academic and study skills service. Alongside course tutors, library colleagues, and e-learning developers, we designed and implemented an online diagnostic tool for students to complete which assessed their competence in a range of Academic Writing skills (critical writing, structure, and using evidence) and Harvard Referencing. Upon completion of this diagnostic, students were directed to select which workshops they would attend in a mini-conference format; options available depended on how students performed in the diagnostic …

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#Take5 #67 The JLDHE Compendium: a receipt for success

Published: 22/01/2022 - Reading Time: 12 min

Categories: Take5 | JLDHE |

In this blog post, Alicja Syska, Editor, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education reflects on the experience of producing the Compendium of Innovative Practice: Learning Development in a Time of Disruption, the most recent Special Edition of JLDHE.  A Recipe for a Scrumptious Compendium With profound gratitude to all our authors, reviewers, and readers, without whom nothing we do would ever make sense.  To paraphrase the unparalleled life philosopher Forrest Gump (while seeking forgiveness for doing so from my fellow Editors), Learning Development practice is like a box of chocolates – you truly never know what you will get! Unsurprisingly then, …

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#Take5 #66 Influencing University Strategy and Vision: Or at least trying to

Published: 09/12/2021 - Reading Time: 8 min

Categories: Education | Take5 |

As a Learning Developer how do you influence University policy and practice? This #Take5 post is brought to you from Carina Buckley, Instructional Design Manager at Solent University, and Kate Coulson, Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement (formerly Head of Learning Development), at the University of Northampton. Here they share their experiences of influencing strategy and the long-term visions at their institutions, or at least trying to! The blog post concludes with an invitation to join the emerging Leadership and management Community of Practice. Sound and vision: Introducing leadership “Influencing”, “Visions” and “Strategy” – all seemingly ethereal concepts when you are …

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#Take5 #65 Wellbeing: The chasm between students’ expectations and institutional provision

Published: 26/11/2021 - Reading Time: 10 min

Categories: Wellbeing | Take5 | Technology Enhanced Learning |

This #Take5 blog is brought to you from Debbie Holley and David Biggins, two researchers from Bournemouth University who are interested in the digital experiences of students, with a focus on digital wellbeing and support. Mind the gap “Be more mindful about the situation, be more kind”. Advice to academic staff from an undergraduate student. “Be better at supporting students who need help or who are behind” “Be more understanding especially with non-visible disabilities and health issues!” This blog post reports on a piece of work we carried out in May-June 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic where we asked students …

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