LD@3: Does Learning Development have a Signature Pedagogy?

13 May 2020 - 13 May 2020

Presenter(s): Helen Webster

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An emergent profession, a discipline in its own right, a distinct pedagogical approach, or just a fancy word for teaching? This discussion tackles the question of what Learning Development is, from the perspective of what we do, why, and how we go about it when we’re developing learning.

We will look at various ways to approach an understanding of Learning Development, from how we and our work is positioned in institutions and the professions it draws on in recruitment, to our shared theoretical frameworks, ethos and values and the specific nature of what we are teaching. From this theoretical starting point, we’ll also consider the very practical implications for our practice, whether this constitutes a signature pedagogy particular to Learning Development, and what exactly that characteristic approach to teaching is. Can it  – should it – be articulated and codified? All of this has implications for our future too – can we make the case for Learning Development as a distinct ‘thing’ in its own right, with a claim to a place in the ecosystem of Higher Education, or is learning development just the teaching of study skills which can be done by anyone?


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