Online communities led by students: Learning Development in an online world

  • Sam Thomas (Speaker)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsConference Presentation


This presentation explores the impact of new online communities which evolved as a result of a learning development (LD) student peer mentor scheme. In September 2021 eight student peer mentors were recruited, with the intention that they would engage with students in a way that complemented our existing learning development offer. The students generated ideas about projects they wanted to work on; a recurring theme was increasing the LD presence on the social media platforms that they used, as a way of promoting inclusion. The LD mentors developed content and strategies for engaging students using Discord and TikTok (among others) and developed an online engagement plan. This presentation will provide a summary of the outcomes, and will include the LD mentor perspective on what they value in online communities, as well as assessing the benefit for students of this additional source of support.
Period15 Mar 2022
Event titleTechnology Enhanced Active Learning Festival 2022
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • community building
  • community engagement
  • student collaboration
  • online community