Posts By: Tim Galling

Guidance for live ‘synchronous’ delivery of teaching in 2020/21

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As we prepare for the new Academic Year, here is some guidance on the tools that you can use for live delivery of teaching. Zoom for online lectures and seminars As a result of staff feedback collated over the last few months, Zoom is now the recommended platform for delivery of live lecture and seminar… Read more » about Guidance for live ‘synchronous’ delivery of teaching in 2020/21

Unit preparation and quicklinks in Brightspace

As a part of some of the improved features that have been applied to taught units in Brightspace, which include the new Updates widget and Unit overview widget, we have needed to remove the quicklinks widget to keep the unit homepages from becoming too busy. The quicklinks widget provided links and guidance for adding staff… Read more » about Unit preparation and quicklinks in Brightspace

Platforms for live ‘synchronous’ delivery in 2020/21

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The last few months have certainly been an interesting time for live delivery platforms, not only have we seen the software providers rush to add new features and scaling up systems to meet demand, our experience and practice in delivery through these tools has developed exponentially. In response to the past few months a lot… Read more » about Platforms for live ‘synchronous’ delivery in 2020/21

Tools for engagement: Mentimeter and Padlet

Engaging your audience is key to delivery of any kind of information and never more important than in learning and teaching. In a physical space we get a lot from our own intuition, this may be through eye contact or other subtle gestures. In an online space this can be more challenging. So putting subtleties… Read more » about Tools for engagement: Mentimeter and Padlet

RESOLVED: Broken links for default templates pages in 2020/21 units

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Update: This issue has been resolved as of 14/07/20. There is a known issue with the pre-populated templates in the new 2020/21 units which has caused the links to be broken. This means you will get an error when clicking on the following pages in unit content areas: Unit aims and intended learning outcomes (Unit… Read more » about RESOLVED: Broken links for default templates pages in 2020/21 units

New curricular units now available on Brightspace

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The new curricular units for 2020/21 are now available on Brightspace for staff. Students will access the 2020/21 units one week prior to the start of semester one, for the majority of programmes this will be 14 September. To help staff prepare for the coming academic year FLIE will be supporting Faculties with online sessions… Read more » about New curricular units now available on Brightspace

Opportunity to shape the future development of the Brightspace assessment tools

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As part of the product development process at D2L, they regularly consult with clients to inform their product decisions. With enhancements to the assessment tools scheduled for the next wave of development, D2L are currently looking for staff who would be interested in participating in structured research sessions to help shape the platform going forward…. Read more » about Opportunity to shape the future development of the Brightspace assessment tools

CEMP Workshop: Doing Education On Screen

Learning from Research Time: Jun 17, 2020 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM This online event led by the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) will share findings and best practice from research into learning in virtual spaces. It is open to all BU staff and will offer a supportive space for discussing how we… Read more » about CEMP Workshop: Doing Education On Screen

Sharing links for Virtual Classroom sessions

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As with many TEL tools, there’s often lots of different ways to achieve the same task. Part of what we do is to try and determine the best option, or best options for different types of scenarios. The following guide covers some options for sharing links to Virtual Classroom sessions so that your sessions are… Read more » about Sharing links for Virtual Classroom sessions

Online learning@BU

Staff from various teams within the university have been collaborating to develop a new tab on ME@BU (available from the Brightspace Homepage) titled Online learning@BU. This new resource will support students with their remote learning activities. The tab, which was launched yesterday, is divided into key areas that specifically address this new way of working. It will give students the tools,… Read more » about Online learning@BU