Monthly Archives: November 2015

Standing room only in today’s CEL seminar

Susanne Clarke and Lois Farquharson played to a packed PG30a today when they presented their engaging and thought-provoking CEL seminar on appreciative enquiry. If you missed the session and would like to know more, please click on this link to open the appreciative inquiry page. Have a look at the Seminar timetable for information on… Read more »

Vision4Learning drop-in sessions next week

The next round of Vision4Learning drop-in sessions are scheduled for next week. The purpose of these sessions is to review the TEL Toolkit and we welcome as much feedback as possible to suggest enhancements before the site is built. The next drop in sessions are between 8am and 11am on: Wednesday 2nd December in CEL… Read more »

CEL’s visit to Colombia: What’s in there for me?

As outlined in a previous blog post, CEL’s Jacqueline Priego was in Medellin, Colombia during the week commencing 9 November, to present at the VII Latin American and Caribbean Conference of Social Sciences. While in Colombia, Jacqueline visited Universidad EAFIT, a BU Global partner since 2013. The engagement with EAFIT started with an international task… Read more »

Reflections on the PAL Leader Conference – November 2015

Having had a very stressful, tiring and trying summer/semester 1, this was the perfect antidote. For me, spending time with other staff members who understand the struggles of PAL regardless of size of the scheme or institution was so refreshing and made me feel optimistic about returning to work on Monday! Whilst overly a Leader… Read more »

What to do about Bloom’s 2 sigma problem?

Benjamin Bloom reported a research result about educational effectiveness in the journal ‘Education researcher’ (1984). Bloom was looking at the performance of students and comparing conventional group tuition with mastery learning tuition and also with one to one tuition. The results broadly showed how mastery learning techniques improved the average performance by 1 standard deviation… Read more »

CEL Fusion Investment Funding Bids – the results!

We were delighted to receive so many high quality bids, congratulations to successful individuals/teams: Milena Bobeva (FoM) International students guide to assessment and feedback methods, procedures and practice Erika Borkoles (FoM) The development of a co-creational vodcast toolkit to explain psychological theories and their application to real life problems Philip Mathews (FMC) Peer Assisted Scriptwriting… Read more »

Call for proposals OER 2016 – extended until 30th November

The Call for Proposals for OER16 has been extended to midday GMT on Monday 30 November 2015. The call is available to view as a Google Document  or download as PDF from The vision for the conference is to focus on the value proposition of embedding open culture in the context of institutional strategies… Read more »

Putting something in the middle: an image mediated dialogue approach

I am writing this blog ahead of an event I am facilitating this week to explore methods of encouraging dialogue and getting feedback. Members of the CEL steering group will recall that I have used this method before and will be familiar with my set of postcards and being asked to select an image and… Read more »