Monthly Archives: April 2019

Advancing the sustainability agenda in corporate communications education

I was very pleased to be among the recipients of the 2019 Educational of Sustainability Awards this year and felt that it was a great way to recognise the efforts being made to advance the sustainability agenda in our course curriculum. Yesterday’s prize-giving ceremony during the Service Excellence Conference also showed how much the university… Read more »

Final chance to attend a ‘Research Impact and the Research Excellence Framework’ session for this REF cycle

Impact became an integral part of the REF submission in 2014, and is likely to play an increasingly significant part of the exercise in future years. This session will provide a brief introduction to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and explore the impact element of the submission. We will consider how impact is defined for… Read more »

The BU Assessment and Feedback Toolkit: leading the way at ALDinHE

Image of Prof Holley presenting

Anne Quinney, Ann Luce and Debbie Holley presented the BU Assessment and Feedback Toolkit to a national audience in a workshop at the ALDinHE conference last week. Alongside their work, two keynotes set the tone for different aspects of life in Higher Education today. The link to the programme is here, and all slides, presentations… Read more »

Workshop: Unit Delivery and Assessment Landscaping

This workshop will look at different delivery patterns, including multi-modal delivery, eg. Blended Learning, Flipped classroom, online and face-to-face. We will also look at the timetable, ILOs and the design of your unit. This workshop will explore Panopto, Audience response systems, eg. Mentimeter, Turning Point, Kahoot; social media, Padlet, Trello, WordPress and Slack Key Information… Read more »

Research needed to advance automated marking and feedback.

Back in 2016 the BBC asked “could robots be marking your homework?” Here is the article:   But in 2019 educators’s well being continues to be impacted by the pressure of marking 200 papers with a three week turn around plus second marking.  If automation or semi automation was used, educators could spend more… Read more »

Remote open days via AR app at Arts University Bournemouth

The app, developed by Bond & Coyne design, can be used by prospective students alongside the printed prospectus to experience the campus more fully. Using the latest technology, it will form an essential part of the university’s recruitment process, giving prospective students an immersive insight into campus life and showcasing current student creative work, confirming… Read more »


Workshop: Enhancing Feedback and Strategies for Future Engagement

This workshop will look at the benefits of online assessment handling and how marking online can save you time and provide a better student experience to your students. You will also learn about Intelligent Agents, Discussion Boards and Video Notes in Brightspace Key Information Aimed at: Academic Staff Indicative Frequency: Weekly Facilitated by: Ann Luce… Read more »

Come and Join the PGCert in Sept 2019

Here are a few of the wonderful PGCert cohort from 2017-18 on BU’s staff celebration event. The PG Cert enables those teaching and supporting learning in a post-compulsory education environment to develop their knowledge and skills as educators. It is particularly helpful if you are new to teaching and wanting to learn about pedagogical approaches…. Read more »

The first AI-generated textbook has been published – but is it useful?

Academic publisher Springer Nature has unveiled what it claims is the first research book generated using machine learning. Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research is a summary of peer-reviewed papers includes quotations, hyperlinks to the work cited, and automatically generated references contents. Does this herald a new era in scientific publishing? Read the full… Read more »