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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

What’s on this month in ALDinHE – November 2023

Published: 01/11/2023 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: ALDinHE communications | CPD | Events |

Join our Professional Recognition Writing Retreat 15th November 2023 1pm – 3pm (online) Book a free place.  Booking closes: 14th November at 5pm Make this the month you start on your CeP / CeLP application Applications for CeP and CeLP are open all year round.  Read more about professional accreditation on our website.  Reflect on your day.  Contribute to ALDinHE’s collective diary on the 15th of the month (or your nearest working day) Transition Skills for University  29th November 2023 10am – 12.30pm (online) Regional event hosted by Queen’s University Belfast Book a ticket: Free to members and £25 for non-members Booking closes: 22nd November at 5pm …

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Transition Skills for University, Regional Event (online)

Published: 30/10/2023 - Reading Time: 1 min

Categories: Events |

The Learning Development Service at Queen’s invites you to join an online event on Wednesday 29 November from 10am – 1pm. The theme is Transition Skills for University and the event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. Location: Online event and practice share hosted by Queen’s University Belfast – Transition Skills for University. You will receive a Teams invitation from the Learning Development Service at Queen’s University Belfast, prior to the event. Participants need to accept the invitation, as you will be pre-assigned to participate in online breakout rooms. For more information and to book a ticket, visit the Events Calendar. Booking closes: Wednesday …

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#Take5 #96 Fellowship Dialogues: a space for networking, dialogues and getting advice

Published: 26/10/2023 - Reading Time: 13 min

Categories: Communities | Take5 |

This #Take5 is brought to you from Dustin Hosseini who works at The University of Glasgow as an Learning Innovation Officer in the Learning Innovation Support Unit where he teaches academics how to create online courses such as MOOCs and microcredentials. He also is one of the co-leads of the University of Glasgow Decolonising the Curriculum Community of Practice. In this post, Dustin shares the impetus for setting up a cross-institutional, transnational community of practice, called Fellowship Dialogues, for those interested in pursuing an AdvanceHE fellowship accreditation – especially if based in a PSD (professional services department). This piece is …

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ALDinHE Project: Training and Development for Learning Developers

Published: 23/10/2023 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: CPD |

Hello LDHEN, The ALDinHE Steering Group are launching a new project related to training and development for Learning Developers. To inform the direction and outcomes of the project we would really like to hear from all Learning Developers about their experiences of training and development and their future needs. We use the term “Learning Developers” to include all colleagues who work within the realm of learning development and are likely to have a myriad of job titles (you know who you are!) To this end, we have created an online survey where you can share your experiences and thoughts. The survey is …

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Collective Diary 15 October 2023

Published: 16/10/2023 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Collective Diary |

On the 15th of each month, we are inviting those working in the field of learning development to share their day. Write up what you have done on the 15th of the month (or your nearest working day to this date) (plus reflections) and share it with us via this short submission form. The entries will be shared here on the ALDinHE blog. In 2010-11 and 2014-15, the ALDinHE website was previously used for a collective online journal by members of the LD community. The collective journal re-launched on the 15 May 2023. You can read the journal entries for each month. The shared experiences …

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Professional Recognition Writing Retreat – 15 November 2023 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Published: 04/10/2023 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: CPD | ALDinHE communications | CeLP | CeP | Events |

The writing retreat can offer you the opportunity to ask questions regarding your application and offer you time to write and reflect on your application. The writing retreat can also offer the opportunity to peer mark colleagues’ applications gaining useful feedback. The recognition scheme is open for applications all year round. Join us on a writing retreat to progress your Certified Practitioner (CeP) and Certified Leading Practitioner (CeLP) award. The CeP and CeLP awards promote Learning Development as a profession in its own right. Successful applicants receive formal recognition of their specialist knowledge and practice. This demonstrates expertise to both …

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JLDHE Reading Club – 8 November 2023 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Published: 03/10/2023 - Reading Time: 3 min

Categories: Events | JLDHE |

The paper being discussed at November’s reading club is discuss Debbie Holley and David Biggin’s paper on Designing for student wellbeing: challenging assumptions about where our students learn. JLDHE Reading Club – Book to attend via the Events Calendar. The Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (JLDHE) Reading Club meets on the second Wednesday of each other month between 17.30 and 18.30pm GMT for a stimulating and thought-provoking hour together discussing the latest research in Learning Development. The group’s goal is to create a space for collaborative discussion of shared reading that is open to everyone no matter their role …

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Enhancing the academic journey: Attainment and retention

Published: 02/10/2023 - Reading Time: 3 min

Categories: Events | CPD |

Presented by Kate Swinton, Lorraine-Marie James and Gillian Siddall (University of Northampton) at 3pm (UK time) today – Tues 24th October 2023.   Kate, Lorraine-Marie and Gillian will reflect on how the Academic Librarian and Learning Development teams working together enhances the student experience and quality of delivery, as well as the collaboration between and across teams.  Tues 24th October 2023 15:00 – 16:00 Title: Enhancing the Academic Journey: Attainment and retention  Presenters: Kate Swinton, Lorraine-Marie James, Gillian Siddall – Library & Learning Services, University of Northampton  Book your place via the ALDinHE Events Calendar. Meeting the academic needs of the ever-changing study body is key to a student’s attainment and …

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#Take5 #95 DUNCE! A Mature Student’s Journey to Learning Development and Support by Luke Basford

Published: 28/09/2023 - Reading Time: 7 min

Categories: Equality, Diversity, Inclusion | Induction and Transition | Student Voice | Take5 |

This #Take5 is brought to you from Luke Basford a student at Portsmouth University who delivered a riveting keynote at #ALDcone23 online in June last year. We were so impressed with Luke that we asked him for this blog also. In this #Take5 Luke shares his journey to Learning Development and support as a mature student. Who, me? At first, I never believed that I would be able to attend university. It seemed like something that was expected of me by those around me, rather than a personal aspiration. I vividly remember the eulogy at my grandad’s funeral, where each …

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Visit the new, improved LearnHigher website!

Published: 18/09/2023 - Reading Time: 2 min

Categories: ALDinHE communications |

LearnHigher is the UK’s library of Learning Development resources for HE. Improvements to the website Over the summer, following feedback received at the ALDinHE conference in June, the site has had a revamp and now boasts a range of new features. These include easier access to the newest and most popular resources, video case studies you can view about LearnHigher, and the option to leave reviews for resources you have downloaded and used. It’s also now easier than ever for you to submit your resources to LearnHigher thanks to the new information boxes on the home page. Simply click on ‘Submit …

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