Welcome back to a new academic year! Students will have access to units for Semester 1/2/3 one week prior to the start of Semester 1, and for the majority of programmes that will be this week (w/c 11th September).
Here is a summary of some of the key changes you’ll find on Brightspace units this year, to support you with providing a consistent experience for students across their units:
|Lessons Content experience
|Adoption of a single, consistent structure across all units for students, which helps make Brightspace easier to navigate and find and revisit content.|
|Student contact points
|Key Announcements can now be pinned to the top of the Announcements display.
Email Notifications are now turned off. Encourage students to check notifications via their units and use the Pulse app.
|Unit Information and
|Each content module now includes a staff guide with integrated step by step guidance on unit design and structuring content.|
|Video Notes||Recommendation to use short Video Notes in each of the main module
areas to introduce the content within that section.
|Teaching Team Widget||Coming soon! Automatically pulls teaching team information from the Classlist.|
|Assignment Brief||New HTML templates have been created for Faculty Assignment briefs.|
|Default Discussion Board||Make use of the default Discussion forums which include detailed instructions for students on their use.|
|Weekly topics and Learning Materials
|To retain consistency follow the naming format as laid out on the default modules i.e. ’1. Topic—w/c dd/mm/yy’ .|
Summary of key Brightspace changes – pdf version.
Check out our Example unit on Brightspace, available to all staff, which uses real content examples to help you envisage how your updated unit might look.
Further support and guidance
The Brightspace Staff Resources area (under the Help tab anywhere on Brightspace) has all the guidance you need to support you with using Brightspace and other digital tools. We’ve pulled together some of the key activities for this time of the academic year, including how to copy content across units and how to copy across Panopto recordings, under our Unit Preparation guidance.
As well as our online guidance, your Faculty Learning Technologist will run a weekly drop-in session to answer any queries and questions you might have in relation to Brightspace and other digital tools. PLEASE NOTE we have temporarily moved our office space – you can now find us in the Branksome Room, just in front of the Allsebrook Lecture theatre and opposite Dorset House:
|BUBS||Tuesdays DG68 opp Dorset House||14:00-16:00|
|FHSS||Wednesdays BG602, Staff Centre BGB||11:00-12:00|
|FMC||Wednesdays DG68 opp Dorset House||13:00-15:00|
|FST||Thursdays DG68 opp Dorset House||10:00-12:00|
For help outside of these times, contact your Faculty LT via the relevant faculty mailbox:
Doctoral College: email@example.com
Professional Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date
Look out for upcoming sessions from FLIE on Generative AI (artificial intelligence) literacy and assessment this October and November. More details to follow!
|SESSION||DATE||TIME||WHAT TO EXPECT|
|Hacking GenAI||11/10/23||12:00-13:00||The session will include practical activities introducing the relevant AI platforms|
|Understanding Different GenAI Models||11/10/23||13:00-14:00||Familiarise with various generative AI models in educational|
|Hacking GenAI||25/10/23||12:00-13:00||The session will include practical activities introducing the relevant AI platforms|
|Assessment approaches||25/10/23||13:00-14:00||Explore creative concepts to address the potential for generative AI-facilitated misconduct and increase student involvement in assessment design|
|Hacking GenAI||1/11/23||12:00-13:00||The session will include practical activities introducing the relevant AI platforms|
|Academic Integrity||1/11/23||13:00-14:00||Examine regulatory and institutional policies aimed at preventing inappropriate use of gen AI tools that could lead to academic misconduct|
|GenAI in Teaching||8/11/23||13:00-14:00||Guidance on practical ways to integrate generative AI tools and techniques into their teaching practices|
|Hacking GenAI||15/11/23||12:00-13:00||The session will include practical activities introducing the relevant AI platforms|
|Ethics in using GenAI||15/11/23||13:00-14:00||Ethical dimensions of incorporating generative AI in academic settings|
|Evaluating GenAI effectiveness||22/11/23||13:00-14:00||Strategies for assessing the impact and effectiveness of generative AI in higher education|
|Hacking GenAI||29/11/23||12:00-13:00||The session will include practical activities introducing the relevant AI platforms|
|Collaboration projects||29/11/23||13:00-14:00||Discussions about potential research projects or interdisciplinary collaborations involving Gen AI|