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ATLAANZ Conference an Undoubted Success
Members of the Association of Teaching and Learning Advisors of Aotearoa New Zealand (ATLAANZ) were excited to launch their inaugural online biennial national conference held 30 November – 1 December 2022, despite going through one of the most challenging years yet in tertiary education. Participants from tertiary education organisations (TEOs) across Aotearoa and Australia, attended…Keep reading
The Life Pursuit: From student to teaching assistant to learning developer
A blog with an optional soundtrack (hyperlinks to the music are in bold) Dr Mona O’Brien, LEADS, University of Glasgow Every so often I remember snippets of my undergraduate essays, when my glasses are a little rose-tinted, I call them passionate; other days, I think they sounded a bit angry, especially where I tried ‘critiquing’…Keep reading
Designing accessible online learning resources
By Siri Barrett-Lennard, The University of Western Australia – As Academic Language and Learning Developers, we know that for learning to be inclusive it needs to be accessible. We also know that Universal Design for Learning (UDL) benefits all students. But when it comes to making our online learning resources accessible, do we know how…Keep reading
“Why can’t they write like we want them to?!” Developing Students’ Writing Across an Institution
by Andrew Struan, University of Glasgow ‘Our students can’t write.’ ‘What are they taught at school, anyway?’ ‘Why can’t they write properly?’ ‘It’s a comma and not a piece of decoration for the page!’ We’ll all have heard complaints about students’ writing. These complaints can range from a focus on the mechanical element of writing – let’s talk…Keep reading
We don’t do it alone: Fostering resilience in difficult times
by Lindsay HeggieAcademic Skills and Writing Specialist (Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada) and International Relations Director, LSAC Board of Directors Every time I see an advertisement for a workshop on resilience, I think, “oh fantastic, just what I need to better support my students!” And a little voice in my head says, “I hope there’s…Keep reading
Leadership in Learning Development
By Carina Buckley and Kate Coulson, ALDinHE Sound and vision: introducing leadership As a Learning Developer, how do you influence University policy and practice? “Influencing”, “Visions” and “Strategy” – all seemingly ethereal concepts when you are fresh out of school or university. We wish we had been offered a module as undergraduates which had equipped…Keep reading
Three things I’ve learned in the office move
Dr Alexander Cuthbert, University of Strathclyde. External Liaison and Committee Member for ScotHELD email@example.com During the summer of 2021, as part of the redevelopment of our Study Skills provision into a Learner Development Services centre, I started building a new VLE to house our learning and research resources. As part of this project, I wanted…Keep reading
ChatLAANZ connects during Covid
Maintaining lines of communication and relationships have become increasingly important over the past year. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen many of us locked down, working from home and isolated from our day-to-day interaction with colleagues. Ironically, though, the shift to a largely online environment has also provided unexpected opportunities to broaden connections.…Keep reading
Capturing academic language and learning structures, contexts and practices
On 21 May the ICALLD Symposium-Over-Time featured Dr Sally Ashton-Hay, Alex Barthel and Dr Amanda Müller speaking about updating the Australian University Register of Academic Language and Learning (ALL) Centres/Units. The table of ALL centres and units captures the structures in which we work, the contexts in which ALL happens and the practices that we…Keep reading
Even Covid has a silver lining
This week, ScotHELD opened its Summer Conference and plenary session to learning advisors throughout the ICALLD network, and many of us took up the opportunity to attend (albeit some of us in our pyjamas). During my “visit to Scotland”, as I have affectionately come to refer to these sessions, I was particularly struck by Andrew…Keep reading
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