What an interesting and provocative set of questions! Herewith some
attempts at answers from a relatively new LDer. My job is somewhat
atypical in that I'm supposed to work with those involved in teaching in
the broadest sense (academics, librarians, heads of faculty, etc.) and
advise them on helping their students develop as learners, rather than
working directly with students -- hence the job title.
>1) What is your current role/job title?
Learning Development Adviser. (Don't ask me why Adviser had to have an e.
I would have preferred Advisor, but there you are...)
>2) How did you become a 'learning developer'?
A long interest in teaching and learning that was carried with me through
incarnations as a university teacher and as a writer/editor of educational
books. My subject background is genetics; I have the impression that LDers
who arrive from academic disciplines are more commonly from the humanities.
>3) What relevant qualifications do you have?
A PGDip in Learning and Teaching in HE, plus lots of experience of
learning and teaching in HE myself.
>4) Would you be interested in a specific Learning Development CPD
In principle very much so.
>5) Does the SEDA named award
http://www.seda.ac.uk/pdf/index.htm 'Student Support and Guidance' suit
My own work is closer to the SEDA award 'Leading and Developing Academic
Practice'. I tend to work with the kinds of people who might take
the 'Student Support and Guidance' or the 'Supporting Learning' awards.
>6) How can newcomers enter the Learning Development field if they do
not already have employment in HE?
>7) Should ALDinHE work towards the development of new courses for
initial training and/or CPD in Learning Development?
I think that would be a really interesting development. I agree with Alan
that there are advantages to having worked in another area previously --
though as he said, this is more of an issue for initial training than for
CPD. Even in the case of initial training, I don't see that there need be
a problem: one could expect trainees to arrive with a specialism (as
opposed to training, say, new graduates) and/or one could train people in
a specialist aspect of LD. So a trainee could arrive as, say, an
experienced TEFL teacher, and graduate as a specialist in developing
student writing. Not sure how realistic that would be on a small scale,