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Welcome to the ALDinHE blog aimed at all those working in the field of learning development. If you would like to write a blog, please email admin@aldinhe.ac.uk

#Take5 #51 The best way to develop a compassionate pedagogy?

Published: 22/10/2020 - Reading Time: 11 min

Categories: Study Skills | Take5 |

“I was asked to deliver a ‘skills’ session to a group of second years. I went into the room – the students were dotted about in ones, occasionally twos. They all had their coats on. They did not know each other’s names. These students had not arrived in that classroom. Arguably, they had not arrived on the course.” (Member of staff) Why is this an important area to cover? Not only is it important ethically to develop humane and compassionate teaching spaces, it is vital to the notion of facilitating the dialogic co-construction of knowledge; for active, deep and meaningful […]

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#Take5 #50 The best way to bring the human into virtual space?

Published: 14/10/2020 - Reading Time: 12 min

Categories: Inclusivity and Differentiation | Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5 |

This #Take5 post is brought to you from Sandra Abegglen (University of Calgary), Emma Gillaspy (University of Central Lancashire), and Tom Burns and Sandra Sinfield (London Metropolitan University) – all are members of ALDinHE and are involved in the #creativeHE community. There will be a follow up to this blog in November, where we will run the first #creativeHE event of this academic year: Game on: playful practice for online environments – 18th November 14.00-16.00 – and where we will also call for the community to say what sort of creative activities they want support with across this challenging year. […]

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#Take 5 #49: The best way to … engage online?

Published: 08/10/2020 - Reading Time: 5 min

Categories: Inclusivity and Differentiation | Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5 |

The week’s #Take5 blog is brought to you from Dr Carina Buckley Instructional Design Manager at Solent University and ALDinHE Co-chair. Recently Carina spoke in a webinar about how her institution, Solent, has approached online delivery whilst keeping students at the heart of their learning. It went very well – but for those who couldn’t make it, a written case study and the recording of the whole webinar is available here: https://www.solent.ac.uk/news/transforming-solents-learning-delivery-during-covid-19 Photo: Dr Carina Buckley Instructional Design Manager at Solent University and ALDinHE Co-chair Students these days… don’t turn their cameras on Where once a common question from lecturers […]

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#Take5 #48 The best way to deliver Learning Development in a time of COVID?

Published: 01/10/2020 - Reading Time: 6 min

Categories: Inclusivity and Differentiation | Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5 |

This #Take5 post is brought to you from Kate Coulson who is Head of Learning Development at the University of Northampton and the Secretary of the Association of Learning Developers in Higher Education (ALDinHE). Here she tries to summarise the current face-to-face  and hybrid teaching situation for Learning Developers from September 2020. Photo: Kate Coulson face in full visor/mask mode! Does anyone care how Learning Developers are engaging with their students? I do! I absolutely care about what my peers are doing within UK HEIs and beyond. Maybe I am just nosey but gaining an understanding around what others are […]

Kate Coulson face in full visor/mask mode!

#Take5 #47 The Best Way of Promoting Digital Wellbeing in HE?

Published: 24/09/2020 - Reading Time: 8 min

Categories: Inclusivity and Differentiation | Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5 |

Happy new academic year! As many of us return to a COVID-HE, where we are still working from home – and wrangling our face to face courses into some form of active and creative online learning experience, we at #Take5 are pleased to bring you this blog post from Ben, Debbie and Anne of Bournemouth University exploring digital wellbeing. Please have a read – leave a Comment – and think about offering a #Take5 blogpost of your own. Beyond Google Garage Ben Goldsmith, Debbie Holley and Anne Quinney, Bournemouth University, UK Reflections: Image credit: Anne Quinney Digital wellbeing is one […]

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#Take5 #46 The Best Way to Shake Up Academic Publishing?

Published: 30/07/2020 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Study Skills |

This #Take5 is brought to you from Dr Chris Little. Chris is a Learning Developer and Teaching Fellow in Keele University’s Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence and serves on the editorial board of Innovative Practice in Higher Education. Chris writes about the journal – with a special focus on their new poster section. Publish Your Poster Presentations with Innovative Practice in Higher Education Innovative Practice in Higher Education (IPIHE) is an independent online journal currently, and very kindly, hosted at Staffordshire University. The journal is an opportunity for any colleagues in HE to share their innovations in delivering teaching […]

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Take5 #46 The Best Way to Shake Up Academic Publishing?

Published: 30/07/2020 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Take5 |

This #Take5 is brought to you from Dr Chris Little. Chris is a Learning Developer and Teaching Fellow in Keele University’s Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence and serves on the editorial board of Innovative Practice in Higher Education. Chris writes about the journal – with a special focus on their new poster section. Publish Your Poster Presentations with Innovative Practice in Higher Education Innovative Practice in Higher Education (IPIHE) is an independent online journal currently, and very kindly, hosted at Staffordshire University. The journal is an opportunity for any colleagues in HE to share their innovations in delivering teaching and learning, with […]

#Take5 #45: The Best Way of Teaching Academic Literacies Online?

Published: 25/06/2020 - Reading Time: 10 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Take5 |

This #Take5 post if brought to you by Carina Buckley, Debbie Holley and Sandra Sinfield. It is their take on a conversation held at Solent – and digitally across the nation – focussing on the possibilities of teaching academic literacies online. The authors have re-visited their initial recollections, to bring the discussion more up to date in a world of Covid. Teaching academic literacies online: revisiting our webinar in light of Covid-19 The Webinar took the form of a ‘blended’ Panel discussion, with three panel members sitting with Carina at Solent and two joining online – and with ALDinHE colleagues […]

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#Take5 #44 The best way to run our Journal?

Published: 28/05/2020 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Academic Literacy | Take5 |

Reflections of a journal editor.   The Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (JLDHE) is  ALDinHE’s flagship publication – and as we near the end of the brilliant LD@3 which has replaced #aldcon this year we wanted to bring you news of JLDHE and the way it is changing. This blog post is brought to you by Alicja Syska, the Co-Lead Editor at the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, based at the University of Plymouth. After taking over the Journal and overseeing the revamping of its online platform, she wanted to share her reflections on the journey […]

John Hilsdon, JLDHE founder and Alicja

#Take5 # 43 The best way to game-ify Learning Development?

Published: 30/04/2020 - Reading Time: 8 min

Categories: Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Playful and Creative Learning | Take5 |

This blog post is brought to you by Craig Morley, a Learning Developer at the University of Manchester Library, whose Source Top Trumps resource won the LearnHigher prize draw at the ALDinHE 2019 Annual Conference – and which we are really happy to celebrate during this alternative version of the ALDinHE Conference: LD@3! We open with a brief overview of LearnHigher, indicating how you might offer your own resources for consideration. That LearnHigher experience Learn Higher supports learning developers by promoting and facilitating the development and dissemination of high quality, peer-reviewed resources for learning development. To further support our successful […]

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