Things to do this month with ALDinHE – April 2024

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Nominate your colleague / team for the ALDinHE Awards

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The ALDinHE Annual Awards were launched in 2020 to celebrate great practice and dedicated practitioners in the learning development community. The awards are open to everyone working in learning development.

Nominations are invited from colleagues by submitting a brief (300 words) account.

The call for applications is now open at the ALDinHE website. Applications close on Friday 19th April 2024. The winner will be announced at the conference dinner.

Do take a look at our previous winners and nominees

Registration is now open for #ALDcon24

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Join us for three days of stimulating discussion and inspiring sessions – both online and in-person, in the wonderful, vibrant city of Glasgow.

Every ALDinHE Conference is a special occasion, but this year we are particularly excited to announce our first collaboratively hosted event!

Our online day will be Friday, 7 June, and our in-person days will be Tuesday and Wednesday, 11-12 June, hosted jointly by Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Strathclyde. We have a super social programme running across the conference, starting with the online AGM and virtual pub crawl on Thursday, 6 June.

Early bird ticket prices are available until 26 April 2024.

Upcoming free events

Upcoming online events (free) available to book now from ALDinHE’s Event Calendar:

16 April 2024 15.00 – 16.00 LD@3 Preparing 6th Form Students for the transition to learning in HE

23 – 24 April 2024 The 2024 ICALLD Symposium

ICALLD is delighted to announce the 8th international Symposium over Time! Over two days, rolling around the clock, participants from the member associations will take turns in presenting some of their current work. The presentations are arranged to allow members of every association to listen to all presentations from other time zones without staying up through the night, so we hope members will welcome the opportunity to be inspired by colleagues across the globe.

The papers align with one or more of the following themes:

Ways of knowing: which knowledge is valued and how do we value it? Who gets to decide? How do we ensure we draw on an array of perspectives from across the university community?

Transformative learning spaces: how do we ensure inclusivity in the spaces in which we teach and support learning? What can transformation mean in our context? Are there degrees of transformation, and how can we ensure that its potential reaches all our students?

Building effective connections: how do we create a sense of community with students, both in classrooms and online? What are the foundations of effective collaborations between colleagues, whether that is other learning advisors or academics, or others? What have connections enabled that we would not have achieved alone?

With the exception of 2 AALL talks, all sessions are delivered twice to be accessible to all time zones – enabling all delegates, regardless of time zone, to attend all sessions.

7 May 2024 12.30 – 13.30 Learning Development Online Open Lunchtime Discussion

8 May 2024 17.30 – 18.30: JLDHE reading club 

16 May 2024 15.00 – 16.00: LD@3 Developing student writing: write to learn

10 July 2024 17.30 – 18.30: JLDHE reading club

17 July 2024 10.00 – 12.00: Professional recognition writing retreat

11 September 2024 17.30 – 18.30: JLDHE reading club

13 November 2024 17.30 – 18.30: JLDHE reading club

21 November 2024 11.00 – 13.00: Professional recognition writing retreat

The Events Working Group want to hear from you on the future of webinar events.

In response to community feedback, the LD@3 sessions will no longer be hosted solely at 3pm but throughout the working day, taking into account colleagues’ different working patterns. We would really appreciate ideas from the community about the future of webinars and see how we can develop and run the scheme. Please share any ideas you have by using the button below.

The Events Working Group is recruiting!

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The Events Working Group is inviting members of the community to be a part of the group. We have a number of voluntary roles available. The closing date for expressions of interest is 15 April 2024. We welcome applicants from anyone employed at an institutional member, and would particularly welcome applicants from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the north or midlands of England. Click the banner above for information and to apply.

No 30 of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education is out now!

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There is lots to read in the latest JLDHE with 9 papers, 1 case study, 5 opinion pieces and 3 book reviews.

The Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education is recruiting for a Copyeditor.


The Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education is recruiting for the role of Copyeditor. Visit the ALDinHE blog for more details.

Reflect on your day

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Contribute to ALDinHE’s collective diary on the 15th of the month (or your nearest working day)

Read the latest issue 4 of LoveLD magazine

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A big thank you to all the contributors who have made our latest LoveLD magazine a bumper issue 4.

Gain professional recognition as a Certified Practitioner in Learning Development

Our LoveLD magazine cover feature is an invitation for you to apply for professional recognition and be recognised as a Certified Practitioner in Learning Development (CeP) or a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development (CeLP). In the issue, Helen Briscoe (Edge Hill University) shares useful reflections on achieving CeP. Daisy Abbott (The Glasgow School of Art) and Claire Olson (Edge Hill University) share their experiences of being awarded CeLP. Victoria Yuskaitis and Alison Daniell share how the Enhancement team at the University of Southampton approach professional development through accreditation with ALDinHE. See pages 22-30 in issue 4.

#Take5 #101 Collaborating to embed academic literacies: Enhancing our best practice model

#Take5 #101 blog is brought to you by Sue Raleigh, Robyn McWilliams and Dr Quentin Allan at Auckland University of Technology in Aotearoa New Zealand. The background to this blog involved a collaboration between learning advisors [Robyn & Quentin] and a faculty lecturer [Sue] who coordinates a course teaching human anatomy and physiology. With a shared objective to enhance students’ academic literacies, they told their story in a case study (Allan, McWilliams,  & Raleigh, 2023). In this blog, they start by revisiting some ideas from that case and further elaborate their best practice model. Click the image below to read the blog.

Revised best practice model

Check out the LD Project podcast

In episode 21, the LD Project podcast hosts, Dr Carina Buckley and Dr Alicja Syska chat to Emily McIntosh and Diane Nutt exploring integrated and integrating practitioners in the third space.


Podcast hosts, Alicja and Carina are also co-editors of “How to Be a Learning Developer in Higher Education”. You can read more about their publishing journey on pages 64 – 70 of the latest LoveLD magazine.

Alicja Syska and Carina Buckley hold a copy of the book "How to Be a Learning Developer in Higher Education

LearnHigher resources

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The ALDinHE website receives 10,000 visitors every month. If you have a resource to share, please submit it to the LearnHigher website for wider impact.

If you have downloaded a resource from LearnHigher, please use the review tab shown on each resource, to share with the LD community how you adapted and used the resource and share best practice.


ALDinHE membership benefits all staff, not just those working in Learning Development. Please forward this to any other colleagues who would be interested in getting involved in the activities listed. Encourage staff as part of the institutional membership, to join ALDinHE for free as an institutional staff member.

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