Monthly Archives: September 2018

Autumn of 6C: Essential Workshops

6C Essentials: This interactive session will identify what you currently know about 6C, what you need to know and what the next steps are. It will incorporate good practice, the principles and processes of high quality student-centred assessment, learning, and feedback specifically focusing on the move from assessment of learning to assessment for learning (Sambell… Read more »

Origami for Science Maths and Education International Meeting

The Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (7OSME) 7th International Meeting occurred recently in Oxford. The conference started with a visit to The Satellite Applications Catapult at Harwell. They work with organisations to make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies. Michael Loweth from ‘Oxford Space systems’ are one of the companies there. They develop… Read more »

Brightspace start of semester staff support

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As we gear up for the new academic year, there are lots of support opportunities for staff learning about our wonderful new Brightspace VLE. All training information and the booking schedule is available here. There are three routes for help and support once you have completed your initial training. Self-help Browse the Brightspace staff resources… Read more »

Brightspace: Video Notes

VIDEO NOTES! 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… Read more »

Summer of 6C: “Am I ready to receive Feedback?”

This blog was posted in 2017, but still raises some interesting questions for how we engage with students around feedback… Have YOU thought about how you will prepare YOUR students for feedback in 2018-2019?  Receiving feedback is an emotive process for students. Guiding them to consider their emotional readiness to assimilate comments may improve the… Read more »

The Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) and Momentum Novum are organizing the Sustainable Development in Action (SDiA) Conference in the historical city of Heidelberg from November 1 to 3, 2018.

Designed as a forum through which both individuals and organisations (incl. HEIs) will engage with turning sustainability into concrete actions, participants will learn more about key areas of sustainable development from national and international experts. Additionally, they will directly put what they learned into practice in specially designed “Action Labs”, which include a start-up lab,… Read more »

The new way to mark with Turnitin in Brightspace

You may have seen a news article on the staff intranet over the summer about enhancements to the way Turnitin and Brightspace work with each other. These enchantments are the result of ongoing work between D2L, ourselves, and several other EU universities over the last year. The article summarised the headline improvements, so please do… Read more »

Summer of 6C: Principles of Assessment Design (6c) Policy and Procedure

The principles and drivers for change. The Assessment and Feedback dimension of the National Student Survey (NSS) is low scoring across the sector, and is an area BU aims to improve.  The data collected by the Students Union at BU through the SimOn survey indicates that assessment and feedback are priority concerns of students.  In… Read more »

Academic Career Development session

Organisational Development are offering an interactive session for academic colleagues to explore their next steps in their career pathway. The session will use some of the Academic Career Development: A Portfolio of Resources developed by Dr Joan Reid to either explore your next steps in achieving you career goals or maybe to help you to… Read more »

Short courses – MA Education Practice provision

The new year is full of options! Here are four of them – Come and join us! These 20-credit bearing units are linked to the MA Education Practice Successful completion of three assessments contributes credits to the second year of the Masters if you already have a PGCert (which is year 1 of the MA). You can… Read more »