Posts By: Debbie Holley

New HEA Report on Independent Learning

Colleagues, I am sure you will be interested in this: From the HEA website: This study examines students’ perspectives and experiences of independent learning in higher education in the UK. It was commissioned by the HEA and undertaken by the NUS and Liz Thomas Associates LTA between February and July 2015. It built on a… Read more »

CEL Theme Leader, David Biggins recognised through prestigious student award

David Biggins, the CEL theme leader for Technology Enhanced learning and Innovation, was awarded a student-nominated ‘Most Outstandingly Brilliant’ Gold Award at the Vice Chancellors Award ceremony on Thursday 26th November. Below is a ‘Word Cloud’ analysis of the comments the students made about David and his excellent teaching: Find out more about David and… Read more »

All about GOATS (an exciting new initiative by SUBU)

Ellie Mayo-Ward, Vice President Education Students’ Union Bournemouth University, shares news about an exciting  new initiative – ‘Go Out and Talk (GOAT) === At SUBU we have started an initiative called GOAT which stands for Go Out and Talk. The GOAT team are a group of students who do exactly that, they go out and… Read more »

Workshop for course teams: Your students – effective communication strategies for positive course management

Workshop: BU staff invited – Friday 11th December 10:00/1.00 Talbot Your students – effective communication strategies for positive course management! Course organisation and management has a significant impact on student experience, so how and when we communicate with students is really important. This joint CEL and M&C session will examine some of the most effective… Read more »

Lego Serious Play

Dr Tim Gale, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management Head of Education and Professional Practice, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Faculty of Management,tells us below about Lego Serious Play: For some time now I have been using Lego Serious Play to facilitate discussion in class (sparingly, as you can have too much of a good thing),… Read more »

Doctoral dissertation in graphic novel form (thank you Gordon Asher for sharing)

please find links from the LearnHigher discussion  at foot of post What a wonderful challenge to the usual format.. Columbia University awarded a doctorate in education to Nick Sousanis forUnflattening, a graphic novel about the relationship between words and pictures in literature. It was published by Harvard University Press and got a starred review… Read more »

CEL Fusion Investment Funding Bids – the results!

We were delighted to receive so many high quality bids, congratulations to successful individuals/teams: Milena Bobeva (FoM) International students guide to assessment and feedback methods, procedures and practice Erika Borkoles (FoM) The development of a co-creational vodcast toolkit to explain psychological theories and their application to real life problems Philip Mathews (FMC) Peer Assisted Scriptwriting… Read more »

Call for proposals OER 2016 – extended until 30th November

The Call for Proposals for OER16 has been extended to midday GMT on Monday 30 November 2015. The call is available to view as a Google Document  or download as PDF from The vision for the conference is to focus on the value proposition of embedding open culture in the context of institutional strategies… Read more »

Putting something in the middle: an image mediated dialogue approach

I am writing this blog ahead of an event I am facilitating this week to explore methods of encouraging dialogue and getting feedback. Members of the CEL steering group will recall that I have used this method before and will be familiar with my set of postcards and being asked to select an image and… Read more »