Monthly Archives: October 2017

TEF and subject level TEF Policy

Professor Debbie Holley, Head of CEL and Jane Forster, Policy Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor will be hosting HE Policy Briefings throughout the 2017-18 academic year, with dates already confirmed for November and December 2017. Monthly sessions will update staff interested in the rapidly changing UK HE landscape with the latest policy developments and share details… Read more »

Taking back control of your time – 10 minutes at a time.

My timer is set for 10 minutes and I am now sitting comfortably ready to write this update on experiences of using the ‘Pomodoro Technique’. It’s not surprising that colleagues tell me that needing to find more time is a key challenge and I hear this quite regularly in my travels as Head of Service Excellence… Read more »

Why not give Xerte a try this semester?

Although not widely known Xerte Online Toolkits is a suite of browser based learning tools that have been available to all BU academic staff for roughly 3 years. They are currently used by a handful of lecturers. They are not included in BU’s TEL Toolkit but they can be accessed via using your BU… Read more »

Come and learn about TEL with CEL

In two weeks time, the PG Dip unit in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL): Creativity in Design commences.  It is a great opportunity to develop your digital skills, learn more about technology in education and to hear the experiences of other colleagues at BU. The unit covers learning theories and TEL theories, social media, virtual and augmented… Read more »

Brightspace and Me

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… Read more »

*New* TeachBU Faculty Leads

Dr Martyn Polkinghorne (FM) and Dr Hywel Dix (FMC) have recently joined the TeachBU team as Faculty Leads. They will have responsibility for working across BU as Assessment Panel Chairs and working at Faculty level to support staff in applying for HEA Fellowship, in conjunction with the team of TeachBU Mentors, via workshops, writing retreats… Read more »