10th ALDinHE Conference 2013: Celebrating Learning Development
Plymouth University 25th – 27th March 2013
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Keynote speakers | Themes | Programme | Registration | Travel and Accommodation | Social Activities

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The Association for Learning Development in Higher Education celebrated its 10th annual conference in Plymouth in March 2013.

Our 2013 conference provided an opportunity to recognise achievements in the field of learning development. We looked ahead and asked how we are adapting to the ever changing landscape of higher education; responding to strategic changes in government policy and funding and leading innovation in educative practice, particularly through the use of new technologies and supporting creative learning and teaching practices.

Keynote speakers

We were delighted to include three inspiring speakers at the 10th ALDinHE conference in March 2013.

Dave CormierTo launch our conference on Monday 25th March we invited Dave Cormier, who is the Manager of Web Communications and Innovations at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. Dave has published extensively on open education, Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs, Digital Identity and practical classroom uses of virtual worlds. He ran a master class centred around rhizomatic learning, which explored the notion that ‘coming to know’ is a messy imprecise process which is both intensely individual and necessarily embedded in a community.
You can follow Dave on twitter at http://twitter.com/davecormier or follow his thoughts at http://davecormier.com

Les EbdonOn Tuesday 26th March Professor Les Ebdon  delivered our first key note speech addressing the theme of ‘Supporting widening participation students to be successful learners’

Professor Ebdon was appointed Director of OFFA (Office for Fair Access) in September 2012 and was previously Vice-Chancellor of the Universities of Bedfordshire and Luton and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Development at Plymouth University.

Stella CottrellOn Wednesday 27th March Stella Cottrell  delivered our final keynote: Learning Development and the Day of the Cyborgs: Evolution, Revolution or Surrender?
For over twenty years, learning developers have led the way in championing student-centred approaches to higher education. Now, when the sector is being called to put ‘students at the heart of the system’, it is timely to take stock of what has been achieved. How far have we come in changing conceptions of learning and learners? Have the fundamental issues really changed? What would be different if higher education were truly student-focussed? And as the Digital Age and the Digital Student advance upon us, will there still be a role for carbon-based learning developers in the higher education institutions of the future?

Stella is renowned for her contribution to the field of learning development through her impressive range of published material and her innovative work with adult learners and groups of students that are under-represented in higher education. Stella’s presentation goes straight to the core of our conference, by looking at the progress learning development has made in higher education and asking what the future holds.


The themes for our conference this year focused on :-

  • Inclusivity
    • How is learning development ensuring all students will have the opportunity to succeed in higher education post 2012?
    • How are Learning Developers reaching specific groups (e.g. STEM, pgt, distance learners)?
  • Innovation and creativity
    • How LD has progressed over the past 10 years
    • In what creative ways are we ‘being Learning Developers’?
    • How are we working with students as producers of knowledge?
    • How are we addressing issues of sustainability in our work?
  • Digital literacies
    • How are we making use of new technologies to support learning development?
    • How is knowledge being disseminated and sustained?
  • Impact
    • What are our measurements of impact?
    • What research methodologies are being used?
    • What are our reporting mechanisms?
    • How are we drawing on and/or contributing to the scholarship and research of LD?


Click here to view an outline programme for the conference

Click here to view details of parallel sessions

Click here to view the online poster display


Conference Registration

The closing date for conference registration was Monday 11 March.

Please contact events@aldinhe.ac.uk if you have any outstanding queries regarding delegate bookings or payments.

Outstanding conference fees can be paid by cheque, BACS transfer or PayPal (see link below).

Click here to pay your registration fee using PayPal secure online payment (only available to registered delegates)

Travel and Accommodation

Joining instructions were sent out by email to registered delegates, but can also be downloaded here

Delegate joining instructions

Social Activities

In addition to a full programme of workshops, conference social events on Monday evening included a tour of the Plymouth Gin Distillery and visit to the local hostelries in the city and the conference dinner at the Plymouth Aquarium on Tuesday evening

Monday March 25

Tour of Plymouth Gin (6pm TBC)
This tour provided a fascinating 40-minute overview of the history of the Distillery as well as an introduction to how Plymouth Gin is made. At the end of every tour, visitors can buy souvenirs and choose between a free miniature of Plymouth Gin or enjoy a Plymouth Gin & Tonic in the Distillery's bar.

Walking tour round Plymouth and visit to real ale hostelries
A Monday evening pub tour was arranged with a local guide to take you to a number of local establishments, providing you with an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Tuesday March 26

Conference Dinner - National Marine Aquarium(7pm TBC)
The conference dinner was held in the UK’s largest aquarium attraction. Welcome drinks were provided on arrival and there was the opportunity to have a tour of the aquarium as well as enjoy a conference dinner. http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/

ALDinHE Conference and CPD passport

In the current climate colleagues may need to make a strong case to receive support to attend the Conference. The ALDinHE Conference CPD passport is a checklist that helps you consider the personal development and institutional benefits of the conference in order to make a strong case for attendance. It also provides a structure for a post conference report.
Click here to access the CPD passport (DOC - 38 KB).

Please direct any further queries regarding the conference to events@aldinhe.ac.uk

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