Posts By: David Biggins

10 professors a-LEAPing

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Last week, we formally launched the new Learning Excellence Acceleration Programme (LEAP) with three workshops for staff on the Talbot campus.  LEAP is a process that generates a visual representation of the structure, learning types, activities and assessment on a unit.  Once complete, the visualisation can be used for unit development, reviewing the level of… Read more »

Time to re-assess your digital skills for 2017-18

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The first digital skills self assessment (DSSA) was launched in February 2016 and was completed by over 500 respondents.  The DSSA served a dual purpose; staff were able to assess their levels of confidence  against the technology enhanced learning (TEL) tools at use in BU and also against the wider range of digital skills that… Read more »

How to become a CEL blogger

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We strongly encourage BU staff to share their learning and teaching research and experiences by posting on the CEL blog.   This is a good opportunity to publicise your work, raise your profile and to connect with others in your field. For those members of staff wanting to do this, please contact Heidi Singleton.  Heidi will… Read more »

LEAPing into action

Today saw the launch of BU’s new curriculum design and visualisation tool, LEAP (the Learning Excellence Acceleration Programme) which was previewed in an earlier post. With a solid base in research from Jisc, UCL and Diana Laurillard, LEAP is a way of creating a visual representation of a unit.  The unit comprises 6 learning types… Read more »

Introducing iVLE – the PREP activity for 17/18

A Peer Reflection on Education Practice (PREP) activity runs every year at BU. The real strength of PREP and the contribution that is makes to BU is that it encourages and motivates staff at an individual level to reflect on and change/amend/improve their own education practice. The PREP activity for the academic year 17-18, called… Read more »

CEL/Service Excellence presentation in Australia on lean in HE

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Susanne Clarke is presenting work by Service Excellence and CEL at the Lean in HE conference at Macquarie University in Sydney this week. You can read Susanne’s Storify of the first day here. The presentation was titled “Developing digital competencies in academic staff: One institution’s experiences of applying a lean approach” and was based on… Read more »

Come and learn about TEL with CEL

In two weeks time, the PG Dip unit in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL): Creativity in Design commences.  It is a great opportunity to develop your digital skills, learn more about technology in education and to hear the experiences of other colleagues at BU. The unit covers learning theories and TEL theories, social media, virtual and augmented… Read more »

Multi-Sensory VR Experience of William Talbot Photograph Exhibition

Posted on behalf of Heidi Singleton A new dimension that extends the physical space into an experimental virtual world is sweeping into museums and galleries across the UK. This autumn Thresholds is restaging Fox Talbot’s first photography exhibition and the riot of 1839.  It uses some of the latest multi-sensory VR technology, enabling participants to wander freely through the room and examine Fox Talbot’s early prints.  The Vive headset and backpack enable untethered walking around… Read more »

The curriculum design process – LEAP

At the recent Association for Learning Technology (ALT) conference, I attended a workshop on curriculum design which I thought would work very well at BU. Arena Blended Connected (ABC) is described as “an effective and engaging hands-on workshop that has now been trialled with great success over a range of programmes. In just 90 minutes… Read more »