Researching Learning Development and/or a Learning Developer doing research? ALDinHE’s Research Community of Practice could be for you. We established in Spring 2020 and currently have around 15 active members, meeting monthly to encourage ideas and foster collaboration. The CoP offers:
- A sounding board or support – especially useful for those new to research, or for more experienced researchers wanting to support others.
- ‘Critical friends’ to help with publications or conference presentations.
- Opportunities to develop collaborative projects around shared interests.
- A conduit to more formal mentoring through ALDinHE’s working groups.
The ALDinHE Research Community of Practice was founded in April 2020 as a small virtual group of research active Learning Developers. We meet monthly as a supportive space to discuss and develop our research ideas with like-minded others. We have engaged in collaborative research, such as the 2021 paper co-written by 10 of us for the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice. There, we wrote about our formation across institutional and geographical boundaries, and suggested ways in which interest groups within the wider LD community can co-work to foster common interests and increase their own and the profession’s profiles.
Above all, our mission is to cultivate interest in researching and disseminating the praxis of learning development. We welcome enquiries from potential new members. If you are interested, please contact Ian Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).