Keep Learning in a pandemic: podcasts for learning development conversations and informal learning




podcasts, asynchronous learning, informal learning, conversation, Covid-19

Author Biography

Alicja Syska, University of Plymouth

Alicja holds a PhD in American Studies from Saint Louis University, USA (2008), and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology of Human Behaviour from the University of Szczecin, Poland. She is based at the University of Plymouth where she works a Learning Developer while also lecturing in History. Alicja is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and serves as Co-Lead Editor at the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.  


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How to Cite

Syska, A. and Mesley, M. (2021) “Keep Learning in a pandemic: podcasts for learning development conversations and informal learning”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (22). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi22.797.

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