Ten Things About The LDC
The Learning Development Centre (LDC) works in partnership with staff and students across the University to enhance the educational experience for all. Reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, we undertake a variety of activities to celebrate learning and teaching innovations, deliver services to support learning and provide evidence informed practice and research.
Over the past year LDC staff have spent over 900 hours working with individual schools. The Educational Technology Committee continues to share good practice and support school activity. The Learning Development Associates (LDA's) between them gave 0.8fte over ten months to explore core educational themes across the University related to Learning and Teaching.
Following on from its launch last year, iTunesU is proving a great success with over 370 City University London episodes now on the website. The LDC supports a range of institution-wide learning technologies which form the Strategic Learning Environment. The MILL collaborates with other City University Departments to produce videos.
The LDC has received 4 years funding from JISC for the PREDICT project on curriculum design and works closely with the 11 other funded institutions. We have also had funding to work in partnership with other external organisations ESRC, LFHE and HEA subject centres.
There were over 100 attendees at both our Showcase and Conference events. Our unique Student Voice Award scheme had over 130 staff nominated by students for 12 prizes. Success was celebrated across the schools by LDC funded School Based prizes awarded to over 50 staff who achieved excellence in teaching or who excelled in their role.
The Media Innovation and Learning Lab (MILL) has expanded following its launch last year and continues to be used by staff and students to create and develop innovations in their practice. The Learning Development Fellows scheme now includes over 70 staff who have made a key contribution to learning and teaching at City. This year the Learning Development Projects took the form of a school focused educational research project run by academic staff with support from student researchers.
Over the past year the team have given 14 conference papers and written 8 publications. The Learning at City Journal is continuing to provide an opportunity for staff to share their developments and good practice in learning and teaching.
Our Masters in Academic Practice has continued to see great success. There are now 123 participants across the programme which is accredited by the HEA. The PhD in Professional Education, now in its second year has 5 staff enrolled.
We deliver our professional development on a bespoke and formal basis. This year we ran 2 Researchers' Days attended by over 200 staff and research students. There was also a Researchers' Symposium at which 32 PhD students had the opportunity to share their research with over 80 of their peers and other staff.
We are playing a key role in implementing the Learning and Teaching Strategy and have led the creation of the SLE Vision from a pedagogic perspective. LDC staff sit on over 13 different University and School committees. We lead the Learning Spaces Group which is improving the educational spaces within the University.
LDC staff contribute to many professional bodies and networks including being founder members of the Heads of E-learning Forum (HeLF) and ESTICT (Engaging Students Through In-Class technology). Our staff are also on the executive or steering groups of such bodies as SEDA, HeLF and SRHE. One of the team is a National Teaching Fellow. Two of the team have gained Senior Fellowship of SEDA for their work.