Monthly Archives: October 2021

Virtual Reality & Higher Education: suggestions, benefits and value

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You might have seen some of Bournemouth University’s Virtual Reality (VR) kit in action last week during the Restart a Heart Day. The university’s Learning Technologists were out in force with Oculus VR equipment to show you how the heart works, and what it looks like from the inside.   So, if you saw someone… Read more »

Understanding Research Methods unit available in Brightspace

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As part of the varied elements of the Fusion Learning activity which are being progressed as one of the key deliverables of BU2025, we are pleased to announce the new Understanding Research Methods unit available through Brightspace. Why was the unit developed? The Understanding Research Methods unit has been developed as a result of feedback… Read more »

Restart a Heart Day at BU

Last week colleagues from FLIE took part in the #Restart a Heart Day. Which is part of an international campaign to raise awareness of cardiac arrest and teach people how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The event took place last week in the main Talbot campus courtyard. It was open to the whole BU community and aimed at engaging… Read more »

Marking Excel and HTML files in Turnitin

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During the 20/21 academic year, we saw an increase in different file types being submitted to Turnitin, specifically Excel and HTML files. Although these file types are accepted by Turnitin, the marking experience isn’t always straightforward. When Turnitin states it can accept a certain file type, what this means is that it can process the… Read more »

New assessment report from the Office for Students

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A publication this month from the Office for Students (OfS) reports on assessment practices in relation to spelling, punctuation and grammar. This was partly informed by reports from employers that graduates were not meeting their expectations of proficiency in literacy skills. https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/media/7c292a54-015d-4638-8c30-18e0eba00bf3/assessment-practices-in-english-higher-education-providers-ofs.pdf According to the report (paragraph 7b),  “Accurate and effective spelling, punctuation and grammar… Read more »

Introducing the BU Skills Development Programme

Employers are increasingly looking for graduates that are proficient in ‘softer’ transferable skills in addition to specialised knowledge from a degree to prepare them for today’s world of work. BU’s new Skills Development Programme is free and available to all current BU students. It provides a structured approach to career development and helps students build… Read more »

BU Staff Employability Conference – 26 October 2021

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Have you registered for the BU Staff Employability conference yet? Universities are key to ensuring their graduates are equipped with the experiences, skills, and attributes to allow them to obtain employment in their chosen fields, and indeed, to adapt and change with the labour market in the future. The BU Staff Employability Conference 2021, part… Read more »

MUSE is on the way

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What is MUSE? The Mid-Unit Student Evaluation (MUSE) is a survey designed to encourage students to reflect on their progress to date and feed back on their learning experience, including views on any summative or formative feedback received during their current unit. This information enables tutors to incorporate any necessary enhancements moving forward, therefore adding… Read more »

TeachBU Update – Colleagues Achieving HEA Fellowship

I’m delighted to confirm that the following colleagues have recently achieved HEA Fellowship from Advance HE after applying through TeachBU: Associate Fellows: Marta Paglioni (FHSS) & Shayan Bahadori (FHSS) Fellows: Heather Tamminen (FST) & Tracey Webb (FLIE) Senior Fellow: Hyun-Joo Lim (FHSS) Congratulations!!! Dr Martyn Polkinghorne Chair of the TeachBU Assessment Panel for HEA Applications