Monthly Archives: February 2022

Help in our commitment to inclusivity and diversity

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BU’s Race Equality Charter (REC)  Self-Assessment team have launched a survey for all staff and students to understand how they perceive and experience equality, diversity and inclusion. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and the data is imperative to inform our institutional self-evaluation process and forms part of our REC application. You… Read more »

Lively debate in the FLIE Generic Assessment Criteria Workshop

Assessment and Feedback toolkit

This week a FLIE Educational Enhancement workshop, led by Anne Quinney, focussed on using the generic assessment criteria. John Moran, Learning Technologist, contributed to the session and encouraged people to use the electronic rubric and to use the QuickMarks facility. The session covered how to use the Generic Assessment Criteria; where they are located in… Read more »

English Language Support

We are delighted that Kevin Hunt has joined BU as Language Learning Manager & EAP Tutor until the end of June 2022.  All English Language Support services have resumed, and students can register and book via the Languages@BU area in Brightspace: 1-2-1 appointments English Language Support workshops Please encourage your international students to make use of… Read more »

FHSS/HEE Inter-faculty Simulation Research Day Supported by FLIE


The Faculty of Health Sciences and Health Education England ran an inter-faculty Simulation Research Day in January, an exciting event that was rolled out with the support of FLIE staff and had 4 clear goals: To build awareness and showcase Faculty HEE simulation projects To develop external networks with key partners  To run a bespoke… Read more »

Providing meaningful feedback for students

Assessment and Feedback toolkit

Students at BU, when asked recently, have voiced their wishes for clearer expectations about assignments and for clearer feedback. One of the tools that can be used to enhance feedback is the BU Generic Assessment Criteria, revised in 2021. This recent version places more emphasis on skills such as team-working, group work/project work, self-management of… Read more »

FLIE staff present at ‘Pedagogy and Practice when teaching and learning online’ national webinar

Colleagues, The University of Kent run a nationally influential Digital Education Webinar series, and its founder, Dr Phil Anthony of the University’s E-Learning Team was awarded the title of Learning Technologist of the Year 2021 by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). This prestigious international prize, judged by an expert panel including leading scholars in digital education, recognises excellent practice and… Read more »

Updated guidance for uGrade

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uGrade is BU’s name for our online peer and self-assessment system called WebPA, a product of Loughborough University and the University of Hull. uGrade is open source, locally hosted and integrated with Brightspace. It allows groups of students to mark each other’s (and their own) participation in group work against set criteria. uGrade uses an algorithm to… Read more »

What do we have in common? Education research and discipline-based signature pedagogies research.

Long ago and far away (well 1989*) the notion of academic tribes entered the discourse around what universities are for, what academics do and what counts as teaching and learning in Higher Education. There is evidence that some territories (aka disciplines and fields) have a less active pedagogical research tradition and less emphasis on publishing… Read more »

Mindscape Commons virtual reality (VR) resource for teaching mental health

Mindscape Commons virtual reality and interactive video content for supporting mental health teaching is now available to HE institutions via a Jisc agreement. The resources allows future counsellors, social workers, and psychologists to explore a variety of mental health experiences and to help students build empathy and develop critical clinical skills in a safe and… Read more »

New Mentimeter Add-in for PowerPoint

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Mentimeter presentations can be easily shared directly with participants via the browser, by simply sharing the Mentimeter screen as and when you want to run your interactive activity. There are also a few options for integrating Mentimeter presentations with your slides, for example by: creating your presentation entirely in Mentimeter by using the Content slides… Read more »