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LD@3 Assessing the impact of study skills sessions

Published: 22/06/2021 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events | Study Skills |

Session abstract:  In an attempt to evaluate the impact of study skills sessions on students’ marks a descriptive statistics approach was developed in 2017. This approach focusses on subject-specific study skills sessions embedded in the curriculum that are related directly to individual assessment tasks. The descriptive statistics analysis is based on establishing mark categories, and exploring chronological changes in the proportion for each category. Over the past three academic years, this approach has been used to analyse data on students’ attainment at all levels of study and across various academic subjects. Colleagues from academic schools welcome the change from discussing […]

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LD@3 Essay Writing Activity Cards for Creative Disciplines

Published: 09/06/2021 - Reading Time: 2 min

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

Session abstract:  The Study Skills team at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) in collaboration with a Graphic Design staff and students have developed a set of activity cards to help scaffold students’ essay writing from planning through to editing. These are evidence-based activities drawn from in-course subject-specific and open, cross-disciplinary workshops undertaken at AUB and are translated into principles-based activities. They are designed to provide frameworks for academic research, writing and style based specifically in creative disciplines. Students work in pairs or small groups by following a set of prompts within a selected stage of the writing process. The activity cards […]

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#Take5 #60 How learning developers can support teaching about climate change

Published: 28/05/2021 - Reading Time: 11 min

Categories: Education | Events | Take5 |

This #Take5 post if brought to you from Dr Iain Cross and Dr Alina Congreve, who look at the increasing importance for learning developers of the climate emergency and the practical implications it has for their work. In an exciting development, this blogpost has been paired with ALDinHE’s LD@3 programme – and there will be an LD@3 on the 8th June to continue the conversations started here (joining details coming soon to ALDinHE events!). Students and sustainability: a symbiosis that benefits their education and society In this blog, we want to share our ideas and thoughts about teaching climate change with the learning […]

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#Take5 #59 Building a Study Community through Podcasts at the University of Glasgow

Published: 21/05/2021 - Reading Time: 9 min

Categories: Technology Enhanced Learning | Take5 |

This month’s #Take5 post is brought to you by Dr Micky Ross and Dr Julia Bohlmann at the University of Glasgow. We asked them to contribute because we were blown away by their ScotHELD session on the way they had used podcasting as part of their repertoire of responses to Covid-19 and the rapid change that we all went through adjusting to online delivery of our provision. Who we are and why we embraced the pod We are Dr Micky Ross and Dr Julia Bohlmann – the International Team at the University of Glasgow’s Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service […]

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What’s on this month in ALDinHE – May 2021

Published: 01/05/2021 - Reading Time: 4 min

Categories: Events |

21st May 2021 Attend the next ICALLD symposium over time Updating the Australian University Register of Academic Language and Learning Centres/Units Hosted on Zoom at: Friday May 21 at 8pm AEST Friday May 21 at 10pm in Auckland, Friday May 21 at 6am in Toronto Friday May 21 at 11am in UK Event Abstract: The Australian University Register of Academic Language and Learning Centres/Units summarises the provision of Academic Language and Learning (ALL) services available across the Australian university sector. Information and data from 39 universities, government sources and ALL educators assisted production of the original AALL Register. This register was […]

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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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