Fwd: New Issue of JLDHE!


We are delighted to announce that Issue 21 of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education has now been released and is free to access here: https://journal.aldinhe.ac.uk/index.php/jldhe/index. What a fabulous reading for a rainy Thursday afternoon!


Like many other colleagues, we felt that September 2021 arrived out of nowhere, bringing with it unresolved uncertainties of the new academic year, and with it, we re-entered a 'new normal' in higher education. The 'postpandemic' university did not materialise and conversations around teaching in person versus online, blended or hybrid, in masks or socially distanced, still dominate our planning and delivery design. Our readers might therefore find it comforting that the conversations in this issue of our journal include both pre-Covid and pandemic-centred analyses, with most articles still reporting on the past world some of us long for and which does not rush to come back. Our next issue, the Compendium – a special issue on the impact of Covid-19 on our teaching practices – will reflect on our eventful transitions to the 'new normal'. We are very excited to see it shaping up and cannot wait to see it out in the world soon.


Unsurprisingly, our learning development community remains as strong as ever. Colleagues have been fully engaged in the JLDHE Reading Club, with three stimulating bi-monthly meetings already under our belt. In May, we discussed Sam King's article on metadiscourse; in July, we had the opportunity to find out more about Nathalie Sheridan's Guerrilla Research Tactics; and in July, we exchanged views on collaborating with academic staff when adopting flipped learning to support students, as well as gaining an insight into Sheryl Mansfield's innovative asynchronous materials for flipped teaching. Our next Reading Club will meet on 10 November 2021 and everyone's invited – please contact Jenny Hillman for details on how to join. 


Yet our LD colleagues have not only been reading; they are writing, and writing a lot. As a result, this Issue 21 is the largest we have published since our last 'normal' pre-Covid issue in late 2019. We bring you three new papers, four case studies, and two book reviews, hoping that as our readers you will find thought provoking and stimulating material in this collection.


Finally, we owe a big thank you to our authors, who worked hard to support our field of learning development with their research, and to our reviewers, whose critical reading of submissions and thoughtful feedback and recommendations have made invaluable contributions to the quality of articles we publish.


On behalf of the JLDHE Editorial Board and with best wishes for a favourable autumn term,


Jim Donohue

Nicola Grayson

Andy Hagyard

Jenny Hillman

Eleanor Loughlin

Cathy Malone

Craig Morley

Gita Sedghi

Alicja Syska


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