I have officially been using Brightspace for three weeks.
And like a blind date, we’ve had our ups and downs.
Upon first meeting, Brightspace and I weren’t really too attracted to each other. Brighty thought one way; I worked in another. But as we spent more time with each other and got to know each other a bit better, a bond of sorts started to form.
Now this was not without some interference from friends… namely the Brightspace support team, “Team David”, I call them… David Biggins, Academic Learning Designer and Brightspace guru, and David Hunt, learning technologist extraordinaire!
Between the two, they’ve kept my relationship with Brightspace blossoming. But this is not a tale of love between an academic and her VLE, no, what I want to share today is the number one thing that I absolutely love about Brightspace!
I was never one to record a video for MyBU. Let’s face it, it was clunky. You needed to have a YouTube account, and then needed to upload there and embed links… it was just way too many steps for a busy academic like myself! But Brightspace? The video can be created within the VLE and it’s automatically there with the press of a record, stop and upload!
And my students LOVE them!
I’ve been leaving the students what I call, “thoughts to ponder”, instructions for what I want them to do that week, questions to answer while reading journal articles, and I may have put a congratulatory video in there on making it to reading week and surviving my class!
It’s brightened up my unit, added a bit of pizazz and I’d encourage you to do the same.
I’ve created a video to show you how to do it. Please don’t judge my filming skills.
If you want to try this or find other hidden gems that Brightspace has to offer, there are Brightspace drop-in sessions on the following dates and times:
Tuesday 10th October 9am-12pm
Friday 20th October 9am-12pm
Thursday 26th October 9am-12pm
Talbot Campus DL115
Tuesday 17th October 1pm-5pm
Monday 23rd October 1pm-5pm