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Collaborative writing communities for Learning Development research and practice

Johnson, Ian, Welton, Karen, Sum, Kiu, Rafferty, Victoria, Kantcheva, Ralitsa, Hodder, Jane, Chin, Paul, Canton, Ursula, Bishopp-Martin, Silvina and Bickle, Ed (2022) Collaborative writing communities for Learning Development research and practice. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (25). ISSN 1759-667X

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This workshop discussed how collaborative reflection and writing provides us, as a group of Learning Developers, with insights into our role and sense of identity. The wider potential for using collaborative writing to develop topics of mutual interest was also explored. Our reflections on the collaborative writing process arose from our first-hand experience of collaborative writing (Bickle et al., 2021). Therefore, we aimed to introduce participants to the tools we used for our writing and encourage them to experience the tools themselves to stimulate a discussion on the potential and challenges of collaborative writing for LD research and practice. We hoped to increase participants’ understanding of collaborative writing through practice and reflection and provide ideas on how others can initiate a collaborative writing community. The introduction briefly outlined the insights we gained from our study, focussing particularly on the way collaborative writing served as a tool to examine and broaden our identities as Learning Developers. It also introduced the methodologies for creating (collaborative writing) and analysing (collaborative autoethnography) data. Next, participants were invited to try out collaborative writing activities and reflect on their potential use as part of their own practice. We used a Google document (Figure 1) to collect their spontaneous responses to short writing prompts related to the challenges and potential of collaborative writing. Finally, at the end of the session, participants left with tips and techniques on how to develop a collaborative writing group of their own.

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Depositing User: Victoria Rafferty


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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2023 10:19
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Author: Victoria Rafferty ORCID iD
Author: Ian Johnson
Author: Karen Welton
Author: Kiu Sum
Author: Ralitsa Kantcheva
Author: Jane Hodder
Author: Paul Chin
Author: Ursula Canton
Author: Silvina Bishopp-Martin
Author: Ed Bickle

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