Things to do this month with ALDinHE – May 2024

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ALDinHE CPD Framework

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Dr Matt Crofts, Sam Thomas and Kate Coulson are leading a CPD project for ALDinHE to ensure that members have access to high quality CPD resources, events and opportunities to develop the community’s expertise. Please review the proposed ALDinHE CPD framework and provide feedback by Friday 24 May 2024.

#Take5 #102 Developing and creating a professional development framework for Learning Developers


#Take5 #102 blog is brought to you by Dr Matt Crofts and Kate Coulson. As Learning Developers with a passion for learning and teaching, they are leading a CPD project for ALDinHE to ensure that members have access to high quality CPD resources, events and opportunities to develop the community’s expertise.

Notification of ALDinHE AGM Thursday 6th June 2024 and call for nominations for ALDinHE Steering Group


This year, we are trialling a new format for the AGM to better showcase the work of ALDinHE, share new initiatives and community voices. We will also introduce new Steering Group members. In the lead up to the AGM and annual conference, we invite you to share your experiences and good news stories on our “ALDinHE and Me Wall”  which offers you the space to share how you have benefited from your ALDinHE membership and to share what you love about ALDinHE. 

Self-nominations are also invited from members of ALDinHE who have the enthusiasm and experience to enable the Association to flourish, working with friendly and supportive colleagues on the Steering Group. For more details of the AGM and how to apply to join the Steering Group, visit the ALDinHE blog.



Thank you to everyone who is joining us at this year’s annual conference. We are delighted to be welcoming a record number of delegates to #ALDcon24, over 220 delegates, so far. If you have not yet had a chance to purchase a ticket, registration closes on the 24 May 2024. 

If you have registered and not yet booked sessions, you may wish to do so, as we have already had to close one workshop for bookings, as it has reached capacity. 

In the lead up to the conference, please take some time to explore the conference website

We hope those of you who are attending the conference dinner, will pack their dancing shoes, for the ALDcon24 Ceilidh. You can try out the interactive Ceilidh on the conference website.

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.

Check out the LD Project podcast

In episode 22, the LD Project podcast hosts, Dr Carina Buckley and Dr Alicja Syska chat to Dr Georgia Koromila and Dr Ed Powell from University of Reading, on decolonising learning development.


Free Events

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

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

29 May 2024 16.30 – 17.30: AI Community of Practice Topic discussion: How is AI transforming your LD practice? Find out more about the AI CoP on the ALDinHE website.

6 June 2024 16.00 – 17.00: ALDinHE Annual General Meeting – this year, we have a new format for the AGM involving our community, including our communities of practice. Please join us for an interesting agenda recapping on the work of the association this year and looking forward to next year’s priorities. Everyone in the ALDinHE community are welcome. You do not need to be attending the conference to attend the AGM. For more details of the AGM and applying to join the Steering Group, visit the ALDinHE blog.

6 June 2024 19.30 – 23.00: There’s a virtual pub crawl starting at 7.30pm on Thursday evening 6th June with themed pubs and discussion topics. All online and face-to-face #ALDcon24 delegates are invited to join the virtual pub crawl. Zoom links to access the virtual pub rooms will be made available on the day.

7 (online) 11 – 12 June (in-person) 2024: ALDinHE Annual Conference – a paid ticket is required for this event.

27 June 2024 15.00 – 16.00: LD@3 The art of storytelling for Learning Developers: how to transform complex ideas into compelling narratives

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.

Latest LearnHigher resources

Here are six of the most recently added resources to LearnHigher. Click the images to view the resource.

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Checklist for deaf or hard of hearing students at the start of studying a new course.
People at Black Lives Matter Protest
Generative AI: a problematic illustration of the intersections of racialized gender, race and ethnicity
The I.D.E.As framework: a resource to help structure thinking about the use of (Gen)AI in learning & teaching
The I.D.E.As framework: a resource to help structure thinking about the use of (Gen)AI in learning & teaching
Inclusive Teaching: A Quick Guide for Module Leads and Lecturers
Inclusive Teaching: A Quick Guide for Module Leads and Lecturers
Collaborative matching card game
Collaborative Matching Card Game for Critical Thinking and Visual Learning
Evaluating academic sources using S.P.E.A.R.

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.

Read the latest issue 4 of LoveLD magazine

The cover of issue 4 of LoveLD magazine on a tablet device.

A big thank you to all the contributors who have made our latest LoveLD magazine a bumper issue 4. If you would like to feature in a future issue, please email

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.

Discover ALDinHE’s Mentoring Scheme

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The ALDinHE Mentoring Scheme aims to provide learning developers with an opportunity to draw on the knowledge and experience of other colleagues to find their voice within learning development through being mentored. Our ambition is to support mutually beneficial professional relationships and bring compassion and generosity into our working environments. 

Reflect on your day


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

ALDinHE Communities of Practice

ALDinHE members have set up community of practice groups which provides an informal, supportive environment within which professionals working in and around ‘Learning Development’ can interact and share experiences.

Spread the word

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.

And, if you’re reading this and not a member, please take a look at the many benefits of membership.

Discover more ways to be involved in ALDinHE at our website.

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