LD@3 How to organise and deliver a successful student-led online symposium

Tuesday 21st June @ 3pm – 4pm

This webinar is based on the outcome of an ALDinHE funded project, entitled “student led online symposium on culture driven business responses to Covid-19 in Global North and South”. This project was a collaborative effort between students from York Business School (York St John University) and School of Business and Management (Queen Mary University). The main intention of using this student-centred learning approach was to actively involve students in constructing knowledge and engage them more effectively in meaningful understanding through peer collaboration. In addition, the project aimed for helping Business School students develop a wide range of global competences, in particular, those newly emerging digital skills, such as digital literacy, online professionalism, digital problem solving, creative way of using digital tools and online collaboration.

Six students from both universities (e.g., three from each university) formed the organisation panel, and oversaw planning, managing and organising the online symposium. We, the project investigators acted mainly as facilitators, and offered a work based authentic learning environment for these students through overviewing the progress, and providing support and guidance when needed.

The symposium was well received. However, it was a deep learning curve for both the project investigators and the student panel members. We would like to share lessons and experiences learnt from this project, and provide recommendations to colleagues who are considering to organise a similar type of student-led event in future.


  • Dr Xianghan (Christine) O’Dea, senior lecturer, course ceader, School of Business and Management, York Business School, York St John University
  • Dr Xue Zhou, Associate Professor, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University

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