I'm more thrilled than I can say about this news - I got a National Teaching Fellowship! I'm over the moon. It's just brilliant to have your work recognised at this level. The claim I made was built around values-driven, ethical, properly theorised and expert Learning Development practice, which is something I'm passionate and a … Continue reading National Teaching Fellowship
The notion of signature pedagogies was developed by Shulman (2006) when looking at education in the professions. "These are types of teaching that organise the fundamental ways in which future practitioners are educated for their new professions. In these signature pedagogies, the novices are instructed in critical aspects of the three fundamental dimensions of professional … Continue reading Towards a Signature Pedagogy of Learning Development
Another question about the decisions involved in running a Learning Development service, and their implications for the profession - how long should a one to one session be? This one is a more controversial one, as I suspect one to one appointment times have shortened over the history of Learning Development as services have moved … Continue reading How long does it take to develop learning?
Another of the big decisions to be made when running a Learning Development service - will your provision be confidential or not? The notion of confidentiality in Learning Development comes from its more student services origins, as it evolved out of counselling and Specific Learning Difficulties provision to support widening participation students and others perceived … Continue reading Confidentiality in Learning Development
This is another of the big questions in Learning Development practice. Does your one to one service require students to send a sample of work for the Learning Developer to read before the appointment, or do you ask them to bring it with them on the day so you can skim through it in situ? This … Continue reading To Read in Advance, or Not to Read in Advance
I had a bit of a treat this term. I got an email from a lecturer in the German department asking if we could run a workshop for their first years, who are finding essay writing tricky. All the four years I've worked at Newcastle as a Learning Developer, I've been secretly awaiting that call. … Continue reading Subject Aligned Learning Developers?
I was at ALDinHE's annual conference last week, and have been digesting all the rich, fascinating papers and conversations I encountered- material enough for several blog posts! One session in particular jumped out at me as something I wanted to work through more in a blog post. Rosie MacLachlan, from St George's, University of London, … Continue reading My Conceptual Model for Learning Development
Today I heard that I've been successful in claiming ALDinHE's new Certified Leading Practitioner status. I'm absolutely thrilled and very proud to be one of the first ones to go through the scheme - and can't wait to be part of a growing community of LDers who have won professional recognition for their work in … Continue reading Officially more letters after my name than in it!
The Community Keynote at ALDinHE this year looked at gathering views on the professionalization and accreditation of Learning Development work. I found it a very stimulating debate, and one that needs to happen, even if it brings to light some uncomfortable tensions. There was quite a diversity of opinion and some strong feelings, which is … Continue reading The Core of Learning Development
'I'm a Learning Developer'. It's not easy explaining what you do. Friends and acquaintances will gain only a hazy idea from this term, teachers and lecturers may feel that they, too, develop learning, don't they? and colleagues in other student services such as English for Academic Purposes or Librarians may be on the defensive, as … Continue reading What is a Learning Developer?