From the conference and beyond: collaborative writing with the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education and the learning development community




community, reflection, collaborative writing


This workshop set out the process of collaborative writing explored by the JLDHE editorial teams in partnership with the ALDinHE community at and following ALDCon’22 through The Collaborative Conference Proceedings and Reflections. We discussed how the collaborative writing venture gave presenters an opportunity to open up their work to community responses and to document their experience of this dialogue with the LD community. We described how, using their conference abstract and Google docs, presenters engaged with their audiences to record live responses to their work, to reflect and respond to these responses, and to generate ideas in respect to taking their research forward or enhancing their practice. We examined how working with the JLDHE on this collaborative writing venture gave presenters an innovative way to open up a dialogue with our community of readers, providing a unique opportunity to extend their conference conversations in a way that shapes LD practice for the future.


In the session, we shared the steps involved in the collaborative writing process and invited questions and reflections. Using testimonials from writers who participated last year, we opened up discussion and sought to reassure and address any concerns in community with editors and writers who have previously negotiated some of these challenges. We welcomed community input into how to make the Collaborative Proceedings more inclusive and open, to benefit all those who wish to be involved in the future.


Attendees participated in shaping the collaborative partnership going forwards; they left with an understanding of what it means to be involved, a sense of how this innovative work enriched their conference experience, and how it is being received across the sector.

Author Biographies

Carina Buckley, Solent University

Carina Buckley is currently Instructional Design Manager at Solent University and a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE. An active advocate for LD institutionally, regionally, nationally and internationally, Carina has held posts as Co-Chair and Treasurer for the Association for Learning Development in HE (ALDinHE) and is a prolific author, editor and collaborator.

Lee Fallin, University of Hull

Lee Fallin is a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Hull, and has more than a decade of previous experience as a Learning Developer. His research focuses on the intersections between education and geography, inclusive of physical and digital spaces. His current research interests include learning spaces and communities, inclusive digital practice, research methodologies and geographies of place. 

Nicola Grayson, University of Salford

Nicola Grayson is an Academic Developer at the University of Salford. She is a senior fellow of the HEA and an editor for the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Her primary areas of expertise include measuring impact, co-creation, researcher support and community building.

Eleanor Loughlin, Nottingham Trent University

Eleanor Loughlin is Researcher Developer Consultant at Nottingham Trent University and an Editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Tom Lowe, University of Portsmouth

Tom Lowe is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Portsmouth where his research includes student engagement, embedding employability into the curriculum, and supporting students' belonging. Tom is an Editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Cathy Malone, University of Leeds

Cathy Malone is an Academic Development Consultant at the University of Leeds, with an interest in learning design and supporting students in learning to write and writing to learn in HE.

Craig Morley, University of Salford

Craig Morley is an Academic Developer at the University of Salford with a background in Ancient History. He is an Editor of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.

Gita Sedghi, University of Liverpool

Gita Sedghi, co-lead editor of JLDHE, is Professor of Chemistry Education at the University of Liverpool, Director of EDI in the School of Physical Sciences, Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE and a National Teaching Fellow. Her university role as Chair of the Culture & Student Experience Subgroup of the Race Equality Charter exemplifies her commitment and scholarly engagement in internationalisation and EDI.

Alicja Syska, University of Plymouth

Alicja Syska is a hybrid academic, combining the roles of Learning Developer and Lecturer in Education and History at the University of Plymouth. She is interested in the processes involved in writing, especially for publication, and its impact on professional identity.


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How to Cite

Buckley, C. . (2023) “From the conference and beyond: collaborative writing with the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education and the learning development community”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (29). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi29.1142.

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