Monthly Archives: March 2022

Top Ten Learning Myths

Over the years there have been many theories about how we learn and therefore can improve the effectiveness of our teaching. However, there are many educational theories that are just that, theories, that frequently have little or no supporting evidence yet have gained popularity and become almost enshrined into educational folklore as unassailable ‘fact’. This… Read more »

Updated Groups tool guidance

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We’ve recently updated our online guidance on how to create groups in Brightspace to provide clearer instructions on the types of groups available, and the process of creating groups and allocating students to them. There are several options when setting up groups: manual allocation, random allocation, or allowing students to self-enrol. If you have a… Read more »

Spotlight on the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit (4)

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The spotlight this week is on the Peer Assessment section of the toolkit. This resource was developed by Dai Hounsell, Visiting Professor, and and is built around 10 commonly asked questions about peer feedback. The answers to each of these questions are supported by published literature. Peer Feedback will be the theme of the first… Read more »

TeachBU Update – Faculty 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 Fellow: Aniebiet Ekong (FHSS) Rajib Shome (BUBS) Fellow: Aravind Reghunathan (BUBS) Rose Walford (FHSS) Sally Brown (FST) Senior Fellow: Roya Haratian (FST) Tilia Lenz (FHSS) Congratulations!!! Dr Martyn Polkinghorne Chair of the TeachBU Assessment… Read more »

Spotlight on the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit (3)

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In this blog the spotlight is on the 50 ways of assessing section of the toolkit. Assessment is an important aspect of teaching and learning. It provides a measure of student performance (assessment of learning), but perhaps more importantly is also an import part of the learning process (assessment for learning). However, choosing appropriate assessments… Read more »

Getting Creative with Release Conditions in Brightspace

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In Brightspace,  Release Conditions can be used to trigger an event when a pre-set condition, or conditions, have been met. For example, an announcement could be released conditionally to students achieving a certain score in a formative quiz, offering generic feedback/feedforward suggestions to students within specified grade ranges. Release conditions are very flexible and can… Read more »

Mentimeter for students

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You’re probably aware that we have an institutional licence for Mentimeter at BU, the audience response system that helps add those interactive elements to teaching sessions. But did you know that all BU students also have access to the BU Mentimeter account, meaning they can utilise the full functionality of Mentimeter? How might students use… Read more »

Spotlight on the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit (2)

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In this week’s blog the spotlight is on the Formative Assessment section of the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit.   Formative assessment that is aligned with summative assessment tasks can support learning, in line with the BU commitment to assessment for learning,  and provides opportunities for students to: make sense of assessment criteria develop their… Read more »

The context of the inclusivity health check at BU

Last week the FLIE education enhancement workshops reached a milestone session as the third and final in the series on Inclusion Equity and Social Justice. It was taken as an opportunity to step back to review the context(s) of inclusivity in HE and at BU. In our globalised, internationalised, and interlinked world, we regularly encounter… Read more »

LinkedIn Learning academic webinar

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Say hello to hybrid! Wednesday 16 March 13:00-14:00 This webinar from LinkedIn Learning looks at how institutions across Europe, Middle East and Africa are leveraging LinkedIn Learning to adapt to new hybrid models of delivery or shift from remote back to in-person learning, for both students and staff. It will discuss strategy, promotion and best… Read more »