Posts By: David Biggins

Do you use R in your teaching practice?

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.  More information on R is available here. I started using R recently as an alternative to both SPSS and Excel.  I am finding that the tasks for which I used SPSS can be carried out in R and the presentation of information is superior… Read more »

LEAP at 100

BU’s unit and programme visualisation process, LEAP, passed a recent milestone with the 100th member of staff attending one of CEL’s sessions. The response from staff has been very positive.  You can read about the previous sessions and peruse the feedback here. If you would like to find out more or discuss how the LEAP… Read more »

CELebrate 2018: Pushing the boundaries on large group teaching

I was able to lead part of a session at yesterday’s CELebrate Conference on the topic of large group teaching. The source of my material on how staff are pushing their boundaries was the data collected by staff who participated in this year’s PREP activity, iVLE. From this rich source of information on how staff… Read more »

LEAP session with JEC

This afternoon we held a LEAP session with 30 colleagues in Journalism, English & Communication (JEC).  The session commenced with an introduction to the LEAP process, explaining the layered approach to building up the unit visualisation and how the process can help in blending, unit re-design and vertical and lateral integration to create balanced and… Read more »

LEAP taster session on Friday 8 June, 1-5 in F306

LEAP is BU’s unit visualisation process which is very useful for developing existing or new units, seeking ways to blend student learning, modifying assessment and, overall, developing great  units and programmes that engage students and enhance their learning. Past blog posts have recorded the sessions held across BU.  Read these posts to see what the… Read more »

Key points from today’s Assessment Fiesta in HSS

This afternoon, the Assessment Fiesta for the department of Human Sciences and Public within HSS took place.  Professor Debbie Holley opened the Fiesta and gave a short presentation on the wider context of education and the changing student demands over time, emphasising the role of assessment for education and inviting the attendees to make use of… Read more »

Come along to the next LEAP workshop on Friday 8 June

LEAP is BU’s unit visualisation process which is very useful for developing existing or new units, seeking ways to blend student learning, modifying assessment and, overall, developing great  units and programmes that engage students and enhance their learning. Past blog posts have recorded the sessions held across BU.  Read these posts to see what the… Read more »

LEAPing into Midwifery

Today we held a LEAP session for the Midwifery team comprising 16 members of staff.  The session was well-timed because the team is preparing new units so we were able to map out the ‘to be’ unit structure, content and assessment.  It was so useful to have all the team in one room because there… Read more »

What can we do to combat the essay mills?

There was a very interesting article on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning.  The topic was the BBC investigation on the Ukranian company, Edubirdie, that writes essays for students. The BBC reported yesterday how EduBirdie was paying YouTube stars to advertise their services, noted how YouTube stars are very strong influencers (more so… Read more »