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Women’s Academic Network webinar

Published: 12/04/2021 - Reading Time: 1 min

Categories: Events | Leadership and Management |

Following on from the successful VUVA event, you are warmly invited to attend Bournemouth University’s (BU) free, open-to-all Women’s Academic Network @ BU Q&A panel webinar event focusing on one of the most critical and timely of topics facing UK HE today. The webinar is Thursday 22nd April 2 – 4pm via Zoom.  For more details and Registration, book via Eventbrite.

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How to get the most from attending #ALDcon21

Published: 04/04/2021 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events |

Here are a few tips to make the most of #ALDcon21: Make connections! Be active, rather than participating passively in our virtual conference. Connections you make during #ALDcon21 become exponentially stronger when you do get the chance to meet in-person in the future. Chat real-time! Get involved in the chat and breakout discussions during sessions to share insights and ah-ha moments. Being online you can interact in deep ways with one another including at our virtual food and drink tent and over a beverage at our virtual pub crawl. Be prepared! Log into the conference website and take a look …

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International Women’s Day 2021

Published: 28/03/2021 - Reading Time: 3 min

Categories: Events |

Embracing the new: women leading and influencing in VUCA times Sponsored by: The Women’s Academic Network (Bournemouth University) and the Association for Learning Developers in HE (ALDinHE) Facilitated by: Debbie Holley (Bournemouth University) Carina Buckley (Solent University) Kate Coulson (University of Northampton) and Erika Corradini (University of Southampton) How do we move from volatile, complex, uncertain, ambiguous (VUCA) environments to the definition of a vision, to creating understanding to establishing trust and transparent processes, to building up resilience? A group of women in leadership met to discuss these themes and joined together to lead a workshop celebrating International Womens Day …

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#Take5 #58 From ‘Text’ to ‘Teapot’ to ‘Tinkerbell’ – Supporting Students in their Subjects

Published: 25/03/2021 - Reading Time: 11 min

Categories: Study Skills | Take5 |

This #Take5 post is brought to you from Kendall Richards and Nick Pilcher of Edinburgh Napier University – who presented on this topic at the fabulous ScotHELD Winter 2021 Conference. Who we are – and why we wrote this blog We are Kendall Richards and Nick Pilcher. We are lecturers at Edinburgh Napier University. Kendall is in the School of Computing and Nick is in the Business School. Kendall has worked in Australia and the UK in Academic Advice roles, Nick has worked in Scotland in EAP and support roles. We have a recent paper entitled ‘Study Skills: neoliberalism’s perfect Tinkerbell’ which …

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Notice of AGM and Steering Group Committee Nominations

Published: 18/03/2021 - Reading Time: 1 min

Categories: Events |

Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, to be held online at 15:40 on Thursday 8th April 2021. Further details about the AGM are available here. A key matter for the AGM is the election of new members to the Steering Group of the Association. Self-nominations are now invited from members of ALDinHE who have the enthusiasm and experience to enable the Association to flourish, working with friendly and supportive colleagues on the Steering Group. Further details about the Steering Group and a self-nomination form can be found on our AGM website. …

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What’s on this month in ALDinHE – March and April 2021

Published: 16/03/2021 - Reading Time: 4 min

Categories: Events |

Attend #ALDcon21 7th – 9th April 2021 There’s a lot going on this month in ALDinHE with our annual conference taking place fully online this year, 7 – 9th April 2021. If you haven’t yet booked, you can do so from our dedicated conference website. This 19th edition of our well-established and expanding annual conference is focused around four broad strands: 1. Advocacy for Learning Development 2. Creativity for change 3. Embracing diversity 4. Digital equality We have an exciting programme at this conference that will allow members to reflect upon and celebrate our past accomplishments, renew friendships and extend …

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#Take5 #57 Using the jigsaw technique for collaborative online learning

Published: 12/03/2021 - Reading Time: 5 min

Categories: Playful and Creative Learning | Study Skills | Take5 | Technology Enhanced Learning |

Puzzling the pieces This #Take5 is brought to you from Katharine Stapleford who has solved this year’s Covid-19 problem – how to get students working (and reading) collaboratively when studying online and at a distance. Here’s Katharine: Background I teach on the MA Digital Education programme at Leeds University. The programme is 100% online distance learning and recruits students from all over the world. The programme adopts a flipped learning* design, whereby each weekly unit centres around an interactive student-led synchronous seminar with some asynchronous pre- and post-seminar tasks. Why the jigsaw technique? The underlying principle of the jigsaw technique, …

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ALDinHE awards 2021

Published: 12/03/2021 - Reading Time: 1 min

Categories: Events |

Nominations are invited from colleagues by sending a brief (300 words) account of a practitioner’s contribution to learning development to Tell us how they have made a difference to students and we will celebrate their achievements. The call for applications is now open. Applications close on Monday 22nd March 2021. Our previous winner and nominees can be found here for: 2020 Some guidelines: You can nominate a colleague at your own institution or a different one. You can nominate yourself! The nominations will be reviewed by a committee of our Emeritus members The committee will be looking for a link to …

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LD@3 – Using Google cardboard to engage students

Published: 27/02/2021 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events | Playful and Creative Learning | Technology Enhanced Learning |

Date / Time: Tuesday 2nd March – 3pm  Location: Online via Zoom – Meeting ID:  872 3622 6036 – Passcode: ncb97=TS Presenters: Debbie Holley and Heidi Singleton, Department of Nursing Sciences, Bournemouth University  Description:  The JISC ‘Student digital experience insights survey’ was recently released, summarising the experiences of over 20,000 HE students at a range of 28 HE institutions. One surprising finding was that only 20% of students gain any ‘real life’ simulation experiences as part of their degree, and these tend to be in engineering design and healthcare. However, our experiences show that with very basic equipment (a SMART phone with internet …

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LD@3 – Create a meme to build digital skills

Published: 27/02/2021 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events | Playful and Creative Learning | Study Skills | Technology Enhanced Learning |

Date / Time: Thursday 18th February – 3pm Location: Online via Collaborate Presenters: Arielle Redman, University of York Description:  Processing, understanding, and remembering information is often aided by combining images with text or keywords. These are the two essential ingredients of the majority of memes, which are, by definition, widely shared and enjoyed. Come prepared with a piece of research or key idea you have heard, read, or written. Enjoy a whistle-stop tour through the history and purpose(s) of memes, what makes one successful for your chosen audience, where memes have been used malevolently, and how you can positively contribute to making the internet …

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