Posts By: dbiggins

LEAP workshop with Social Sciences – 27 Jul 18

During today’s Social Sciences Curriculum Development Day we held a LEAP workshop.  This was prompted by several drivers including the departmental revalidation exercise and new programmes/units scheduled for 2020, the more immediate need to consider how the new assessment policy, 6C, can be embedded ready for 2019 and the impetus for change generated from our… Read more »

Learn more about quizzes in Brightspace

Quizzes are a great way to engage students, find out where students need further support and provide an effective mechanism to provide feedback and feedforward to students.  In addition, with the focus in the new assessment policy, 6C, on more formative assessment for students, quizzes could be a really useful tool. Brightspace has an excellent… Read more »

What staff are saying about the curriculum design process – LEAP

The last week has been a busy time for BU’s Learning Excellence Acceleration Programme, LEAP with a drop-in session and workshops for the History Department and Wiltshire College. One member of staff used the drop-in session to work on a unit for which she is the unit lead.  This involved setting out the structure of… Read more »

Do you use R in your teaching practice?

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.  More information on R is available here. I started using R recently as an alternative to both SPSS and Excel.  I am finding that the tasks for which I used SPSS can be carried out in R and the presentation of information is superior… Read more »

LEAP at 100

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BU’s unit and programme visualisation process, LEAP, passed a recent milestone with the 100th member of staff attending one of CEL’s sessions. The response from staff has been very positive.  You can read about the previous sessions and peruse the feedback here. If you would like to find out more or discuss how the LEAP… Read more »

CELebrate 2018: Pushing the boundaries on large group teaching

I was able to lead part of a session at yesterday’s CELebrate Conference on the topic of large group teaching. The source of my material on how staff are pushing their boundaries was the data collected by staff who participated in this year’s PREP activity, iVLE. From this rich source of information on how staff… Read more »

LEAP session with JEC

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This afternoon we held a LEAP session with 30 colleagues in Journalism, English & Communication (JEC).  The session commenced with an introduction to the LEAP process, explaining the layered approach to building up the unit visualisation and how the process can help in blending, unit re-design and vertical and lateral integration to create balanced and… Read more »