The many hats of a Learning Developer

#becomingeducational Year of Learning Development: The Many Hats of the Academic Mentor/Learning Developer

We know that for many people this is the start of an amazing year and an amazing journey… These are the people who are either becoming Academic Mentors or Learning Developers for the first time… and/or those who are incorporating more LD into their current university position(s).

Learning Development offers energy, excitement and challenge: no two days are ever the same – sometimes, no two hours are ever the same; we are kept on our toes from moment to moment …

Here we are sharing Helen Webster’s reflections on the many hats of the learning developer.. Helen captures the energy and dynamism of our jobs – and we hope that you find it as interesting and entertaining as did we.

Please add a Comment – pass it on – keep the conversation going.

Best,
Sandra & Tom

rattus scholasticus

Learning Development’s a varied job- we’re never bored! Every hour could bring a different student, studying a different discipline with a different need. And, I’d argue, we too are different each hour in response.

I’ve addressed the question of what is a learning developer from various angles, but this time I’d like to look at how we’re more than just one thing. In our work, we play a number of roles, and wear a number of hats, depending on what suits the circumstances. At the ALDinHE Regional Development day at Newcastle University back in January, and again at a meeting of National Teaching Fellows in LD hosted by Sally Brown and Giskin Day at Imperial College, I encouraged participants to explore this diversity with an activity which looked at their responses to a number of roles. I distributed a number of cards, each with a different hat on. Those hats…

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