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Week Zero – And so it begins!!

Published: 17/11/2014 - Reading Time: 4 min

Categories: Learning Spaces and Learning Communities | Take5 |

Welcome to Take5! So – it’s Week Zero (W0): another day another dollar; another Semester and another Year.  Change is all around and we can’t help noticing doing Inductions and Preparation for Study courses how things move on. Buildings, rooms, modules, staff and of course students – all moving – all changing – and all diverse. ‘Diverse’ could be a prefix for London Met – and no matter what sort of student you have taught before – it’s all changing again. Everybody is already exhausted and wondering where the summer went … and here we are – the Take5 project – […]

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Journal November 15th 2014

Published: 15/11/2014 - Reading Time: 19 min

Categories: Collective Diary |

Write a brief summary of any work-related activities undertaken on 15th November 2014 and/or your nearest working day . In posting your reply, you consent to the potential use of anonymised extracts from this material in resources that may in future be published by the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE), for educational and professional development purposes only. My day:I work as a Learning Advisor at Leeds University Library (Skills@Library team). Yesterday was my first almost “clear” day of the semester where I had no teaching and only 1 meeting! In the morning I had a meeting with a […]

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Journal October 15th 2014

Published: 15/10/2014 - Reading Time: 25 min

Categories: Collective Diary |

Write a brief summary of any work-related activities undertaken on 15th October 2014 and/or your nearest working day . In posting your reply, you consent to the potential use of anonymised extracts from this material in resources that may in future be published by the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE), for educational and professional development purposes only. Ella Hi all,It has been really interesting reading some of the other posts on here- thank you!Sorry I have been meaning to do a diary entry since my colleague sent this through to me. As per usual with the winter term- […]

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Regional event University of Bedfordshire September 2014

Published: 03/10/2014 - Reading Time: 1 min

Categories: Events |

On the 8th of September, the University of Bedfordshire hosted a regional group for learning developers based in and around the Eastern region. This report by the organiser Steve Briggs provides an overview of the day. The event was promoted via the LDHEN JISCmail list, and attended by 16 delegates representing 8 Universities: University of Bedfordshire University of East Anglia University Campus Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University Birkbeck, University of London University of the Arts, London University of the Creative Arts Nottingham Trent University The morning included opportunities to network and to compare the  ways in which Learning Development (LD) is […]

Look/Make/Learn Conference London 28 Jan 2014

Published: 28/01/2014 - Reading Time: 1 min

Categories: Events |

This one day conference took place on  28th January 2014 at London Metropolitan University.  Taking inspiration from a number of recent initiatives, some 50 delegates from 14 universities explored how different kinds of visual tasks can be embedded in classrooms, tutorials and online environments across the disciplines. For further information, resources videos and photos from the day please go to the conference page at http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/epacks/look_make_learn/

Three reflections on the first LDHEN ‘VWR’ – Virtual Writing Retreat, that is! held 11 June 2012

Published: 03/07/2012 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Events |

One: John On Monday June 11th we ‘met’ via our computers for a trial run using ‘Flashmeeting’, the online meeting tool we would be using for an ‘experimental online writing retreat’. Martin Sedgley from Bradford University, Tracey White from Middlesex, Joe Allison from Plymouth and me. After introductions we agreed some very basic groundrules (whilst experimenting with the smiley, sad, surprised/shocked etc ‘voting’ options you can use whilst others are speaking!). We then shared our writing goals and did a kind informal contract with each other about what we hoped to achieve and which segments of the three-day retreat period […]

Embedding a success! (Leicester 22 June 2012)

Published: 22/06/2012 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events |

(Report by Michelle Reid)The ALDinHE  ‘Embedding Skills and Integrating Learning Development’ day was definitely embedded as a firm success. Over 40 delegates from as far away as Canterbury and Edinburgh gathered at the University of Leicester on 22nd June for a day of discussion and sharing ideas on what embedding means to us and how we can do it more effectively.The day was opened by Dr Mark Rawlinson (Academic Director of Leicester’s College of Arts, Humanities and Law) who made an engaging speech proposing embedding as a means of facilitating a review of the curricula with a focus on a […]

Digital Literacies

Published: 16/01/2012 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Digital Literacy |

Digital Literacies has been emerging as an important theme in the professional development for the Learning Development community. This importance is recognised in our CPD planning framework and resource, in which the area of professional activity ‘Teaching and Supporting Students’ Learning’ contains e-learning as an important factor, with activities like: However, in order to be able to support the digital literacies of students, it is crucial that we are confident in developing our own digital capacities. The community’s views of what digital literacies mean to us, our training needs, and changes we have noticed in the use of digital technology were sought […]

Journal July 15th 2011

Published: 15/07/2011 - Reading Time: 11 min

Categories: Collective Diary |

Write a brief summary of any work-related activities undertaken on 15th July 2011 and/or your nearest working day . In posting your reply, you consent to the potential use of anonymised extracts from this material in resources that may in future be published by the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE), for educational and professional development purposes only. Lucy Hughes Hi all; I have been teaching fashion in FE for 7 years and after completing a masters 2 years ago I have been desperate to progress to HE (as much as i lve engaging with the 16-19 cohort, I […]

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Report of ALDinHE Specific Learning Difficulties in HE – Professional Development Day University of Aston 20th June

Published: 20/06/2011 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: Events |

A big thank you to Ellen Pope at Aston for organising the venue and delicious lunch and for hosting and supporting the event throughout. Positive comments were made about the central location in Birmingham which was easily accessible from both the north and south of the country. We had a total of 41 attendees including presenters from as far afield as Falmouth and Ulster. Of the 41 attendees, 27 were in Learning Development and Study Advice roles, and 9 were Disability Advisors or Dyslexia Tutors, with the rest being a mixture of Lecturers, Careers Advisors and Mentors. There was a […]

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