Monthly Archives: December 2016

Accelerated degrees and switching courses – responses to government consultation

The Department for Education published findings from the Call for Evidence on Accelerated Courses and Switching Degrees on 20th December. This consultation closed in July 2016 – read BU’s response here. The high number of responses had been noted earlier, the report gives evidence of an interesting campaign: “we received responses from 44 higher education… Read more »

Try something different in 2017

Over the last semester, CEL has been supporting staff across the university to ‘try something different‘ to enhance their teaching and professional practice. One of the initiatives within this campaign is a BU-wide scheme called ‘iInnovate‘ where academic staff are encouraged to adopt one new innovation in their teaching.  With the agreement of all Faculties,… Read more »

Report from the Social Media in HE Conference in Sheffield on 16 Dec 16

On behalf of CEL, I attended a one day conference on Social Media in Higher Education (#socmedhe16) last week.  Some 150 delegates attended from institutions mainly across the UK, including someone from the LSE who we had met two days previously on the CEL/LLS visit there. This is the first conference I have attended that… Read more »

New VLE announced

Bournemouth University is pleased to announce the winning supplier of its brand new virtual learning environment (VLE) is Desire2Learn (D2L) with their award-winning platform Brightspace. Selected by the BU community, this will replace the system currently known to us as myBU. D2L’s Brightspace offers a responsive and personalised learning experience with powerful learning analytics capabilities,… Read more »

Higher Education Policy update

Higher Education and Research Bill: The Committee stage of the Bill in the House of Lords will start on 9th January.  Amendments are added daily.  As of today, the list is 15 pages long and includes proposals for changes: To ensure students are on the electoral register To require providers to provide mental health services to students To… Read more »

Visit to the LSE

Yesterday, members of Library and Learning Support and CEL visited the multi-award winning Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI) department of the London School of Economics (LSE). The visit was arranged by Chris Fowler, Head of Library and Learning Support (LLS) and Professor Debbie Holley and builds on a close working relationship between BU and the… Read more »

Download this game from the App Store to help with Dementia research

Yes I know this is a bit more BUDI than CEL!  However this research has received a much greater response than expected.  Conversely this game measures depletion in what has previously been learnt rather than excellence in learning.  But could this inspire your thinking about augmented reality? What do you think? Here’s the link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sea-hero-quest/id1034383306?mt=8… Read more »

SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education – quick write up

Maggie Hutchings and myself went to the SRHE’s international conference in Wales to present our research exploring ideas of organisational learning and widening participation. Jacqueline Priego presented her research on participatory learning and undergraduate research assistants. The theme of the conference was Exploring Freedom and Control in global higher education. The thread running through the whole event was… Read more »