Filled with practical guidance for those working in and interested in the emergent field of Learning Development, this must-read book encapsulates what it means to be a Learning Developer and how to thrive in this role.

With carefully constructed contributions which explore different aspects of the role, this edited collection is comprehensive in its approach. Alongside practical advice, it is underpinned by theoretical and epistemological insights to provide a bridge between theory and practice.

Organised into five key parts, it is arranged in a way that reflects the journey that practitioners take into and through Learning Development, from their initiation into the field, through professional development, to becoming an established expert. It covers key topics such as:

  • the basic principles of working in Learning Development
  • the theoretical and practical foundations of the field
  • how to engage more critically with the role
  • how to become an active contributor to the field through research and publication
  • the as-yet unrealised possibilities of Learning Development 

Capturing a diverse array of voices, experiences, and perspectives, this book is an essential guide for both new and established practitioners concerned with student Learning and Development.

Chapters 15 and 21 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

chapter |4 pages


part I|46 pages

Becoming a Learning Developer

chapter 1|8 pages

Theory in LD

We Are All Players

chapter 3|9 pages

The Mess We're In

LD Pedagogies and the Question of Student Agency

chapter 5|8 pages

Hybrid Learning Developers

Between the Discipline and the Third Space

part II|55 pages

Being a Learning Developer

chapter 6|9 pages

A Day in the Life

What the Learning Developer Does

chapter 7|9 pages

Diversity in Our Expertise

Empowering Neurodivergent Students Within Learning Development

chapter 9|9 pages

Empowering and Enabling

Leveraging Technology for a Student-Centred Future

part III|46 pages

Reflecting in and on Learning Development

chapter 13|8 pages

Practice Versus Policy

Learning Development's Role in Supporting, Developing, and Challenging Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Higher Education Sector

chapter 14|9 pages

Closing the Gap

Learning Development and Race

chapter 16|9 pages

Learning Development in, Against, and Beyond the Neoliberal University

Critical Learning Development and Critical Academic Literacies

part IV|40 pages

Knowledge Making

chapter 19|9 pages

Learning Developers as Writers

The Four Tendencies Framework to Get Writing

chapter 20|9 pages

Publishing in Learning Development

A Primer for New(ish) Authors

part V|54 pages

Becoming Established in Learning Development

chapter 21|8 pages

Succeeding at Learning Development

chapter 22|8 pages

The Impact of Learning Development

chapter 23|9 pages

Leadership in Learning Development

A Networked Approach

chapter 25|8 pages

Raising the Profile of Learning Development in Higher Education

Institutional and Sector Perspectives

chapter 26|9 pages

The Future of Learning Development

Two Visions