Student Connections: Livestreaming and Creating Community via an Annual Student Conference



Student Connections is an initiative to facilitate an academic community. Using technologies such as podcasting and livestream, The Student Connections conference and the PodMag have been created to establish a community of OU students and staff. The conference is a 2 day event, set in a studio in Milton Keynes with the audience participating online. Participants watch the livestream discussion from the studio and participate in these using the chat. The events are non-modular and exist outside the formal curriculum as part of the Teaching and Learning plan. The chapter examines how content from the conference is then used on various websites and how the PodMag, a monthly podcast with news from the faculty, can be used to facilitate and enhance an academic learning community.


Livestreaming Social learning Learning communities Digital teaching Online learning Online engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social ScienceOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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