Developing online student and academic communities

Student Life

"Student engagement will be central to the on-going development of our whole set of offerings and learning practices"

Thinking Ahead 2016-21

A new magazine-style student community hub with content written by students for students

Draft Student Life blog
Sample post written by a student

Video content created by students for students

Social media

Capturing student initiatives and events on campus and across the city

Promoting facilities and initiatives to students

Digital Education

"We aim to create a flexible and open university that encourages and supports collaborative working across boundaries and disciplines"

Thinking Ahead 2016-21

A new academic hub for sharing pedagogical best practice

Built within a relaunched blogs platform

Aims and objectives

  • To foster more engagement with students through the use of student-generated content
  • To give students valuable experience of content creation and management whilst also improving their online profiles
  • To build links with the curriculum via the use of assessed student content
  • To support the Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching by providing an online community of practice for academics to share and disseminate best practice
  • To enable Schools to better communicate their work to key audiences
  • To help promote University initiatives to the student community
  • To ensure that content is developed for the full range of the student community
  • To replace the current blogs platform which has a number of major problems with an improved and better-structured alternative
  • To encourage blog owners to take a more consistent approach to layout and design and to make it easier for users to find content


  • Dec 2016/Jan 2017 – Platform set up and configuration
  • Feb/Mar 2017 – launch of new student community hub and soft launch of academic hub
  • Feb/Mar 2017 onwards – migration of content from old blogs platform to new and creation of new subject area blogs to bring content together in a more managed way.
  • Easter 2017 – launch of academic hub as part of LALT launch.
  • September 2017 – review and plan further development in 2017/18.
  • December 2017 – aim to shut down old blogging platform.

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