Learning development in a time of disruption





higher education, learning development, learning spaces, covid-19, adapting to online teaching


The Covid-19 Pandemic had (and continues to have) a significant worldwide impact on Higher Education (Watermeyer et al., 2021; Sharaievska et al., 2022). How Learning Development responded to this challenge varied considerably across the sector.

Many of the challenges and solutions for Learning Development are represented in the Compendium of Innovative Practice: Learning Development in a Time of Disruption, a special issue of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (JLDHE, 2021). The Compendium issue of JLDHE contained 102 peer-reviewed reflections, identifying numerous challenges and responses to teaching in Covid-19.

This conference paper will share the findings of a research project that has systematically analysed all 102 contributions to the compendium. Each reflection was analysed using structural, topic and thematic coding to identify common responses and challenges to pandemic teaching.

The findings of this study have identified a range of individual and shared challenges for both students and third space professionals. One of the core findings relates to the diversity of responses that have been designed to meet these challenges, with over 100 distinct pedagogic and technical solutions to pandemic teaching. From these, five core themes have emerged: emergency remote teaching; reflective practice and evaluation; pedagogy and technology support; collaboration and shared practice; and, course design for the long-term.


This paper will reflect on implications for future practice in times of disruption and provide delegates with the opportunity to consider how it relates to their institutions.

Author Biography

Lee Fallin, University of Hull

Lee Fallin is a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Hull with a specialism in academic and digital literacies. His research interests focus on the intersections between education and geography, inclusive of physical and digital spaces.


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How to Cite

Fallin, L. (2023) “Learning development in a time of disruption”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (29). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi29.1078.

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