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Join members of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education daily at 3pm! Our wonderful conference go cancelled, and we wanted to share some of the sessions

Here is the schedule up to Easter , all links available via the ALDinHE website

ALDinHE is committed to representing and supporting all those working in the field of Learning Development in the UK.

We aim to cultivate a community of practice, promote discussion and ideas exchange, and further the professional development of our members by offering training opportunities and quality assurance.

We have two aims:

  • To represent professionals employed in the field of Learning Development in Higher Education, primarily in the UK and Ireland, and those with an active interest in the field;  
  • To promote discussion about effective models for Learning Development (LD), cultivate a community of practice and act as a support network for the general professional development of staff involved with LD.  

 And we are guided by five values:

  • Working alongside students to make sense of and get the most out of HE learning
  • Making HE inclusive through emancipatory practice, partnership working and collaboration
  • Adopting and sharing effective Learning Development practice with (and external to) our own institutions
  • Critical self-reflection, on-going learning and a commitment to professional development
  • Commitment to a scholarly approach and research related to Learning Development.

These emerged from our Learning Development Manifesto.

The Association for Learning Technology are sharing a huge range of resources with the wider community. The link below has sections on:

Online Pivot, Courses, Remote conferences, links from partners, playful and creative resource, organisational perspectives and the ‘ALT ‘Know How’ on leading virtual teams

Moving Online – where to go, how to start?

Online learning has been thrust upon many of us with the COVID-19 virus causing issues on campus. I have been taking a trawl around the National Teaching Fellows twitter list (@NTF_Tweet)Tweet, and will post ideas/ summaries, activities regularly. All sources will be acknowledged, and any errors or omissions are mine.

Getting started – where better than the Open University?  

Open University resources on online teaching can be found here

And the fabulous OU  Innovating Pedagogy report 2020 is available now should you want to think about future trends:

An infographic setting out the do and do not got online teaching
shared through creative commons

Online at BU (Brightspace)

You need to be logged into BU systems , and this link has the quick guides to everything you need to know..

extract from resources

These videos, hosted on youtube are available if you prefer to ‘see’ – with thanks to Dr Ann Luce, former CEL TEL theme leader for creating

1. How to use video chat in Brightspace:

2. Discussion Boards in Brightspace:

3. Using Canvas (Dr. Andy Callaway, FOM):

4. Video as Feedback using Panopto and Brightspace (Dr. Suzy Attfield-Cutts, SciTech):

5. Using Panopto for Formative Presentation Feedback (can be adapted for online, Dr. Andy Callaway):

6. Social Media and Mobile Journalism Webinar:

7. Blended Learning using Brightspace (will work for online teaching):

Webinar on impact of Open Education – Findings from the OER Research Hub, 30 September 2015, 12.30 – 13.15 BST

Presentation by Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology, Institute of Educational Technology Open University. Introduced by Ella Mitchell and Sarah Bridgman.

The OER Research Hub has been investigating the impact of OERs, using eleven hypotheses, and a mixed methods approach to establish an evidence base. This talk explores the findings relating to teaching and learning. The findings reveal a set of direct impacts, including an increase in factors relating to student performance, increased reflection on the part of educators, and the use of OER to trial and supplement formal study. There are also indirect impacts, whose benefits will be seen after several iterations. These include the wide scale reporting of adaptation, and the increase in sharing and open practice that results from OER usage.

This webinar is being run via Blackboard Collaborate. The link to the session is:…

And Futurelearn are launching a free online course in November,:

‘Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started’
If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, this free online course is designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
• use a range of effective blended learning practices and pedagogies to improve your learners’ experience and attainment
• understand how the many free and affordable technologies now available can enhance teaching and learning, and
• approach new technologies with confidence, designing a pedagogical approach to make the best use of these tools


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