Facilitating connections and supporting a learning community: together


  • Samantha Aston University of Manchester Library
  • Michael Stevenson University of Manchester
  • Padma Inala University of Manchester




community learning, online community, learning online, Pomodoro technique, Covid-19

Author Biographies

Samantha Aston, University of Manchester Library

Learning Development Librarian

Michael Stevenson, University of Manchester

Teaching and Learning Librarian

Padma Inala, University of Manchester

Teaching and Learning Librarian


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How to Cite

Aston, S., Stevenson, M. and Inala, P. (2021) “Facilitating connections and supporting a learning community: together”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (22). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi22.765.