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LT Drop-in clinics

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week your Faculty LT will be running online drop-in clinics. Run through Brightspace, we’re here to provide advice and support around moving teaching online with a focus this week on using the Virtual Classroom tool. We’ll be covering a range of topics in further sessions. No need to book, just turn up at a time… Read more »

Running a successful virtual classroom

One of Brightspace’s main tools for meeting virtually with smaller groups of students online is the Virtual Classroom. It’s quick and simple to set up in your unit and is an effective way to engage with groups of 50 or less. As you start planning your session, here are some things to consider to ensure… Read more »

Sharing pedagogical innovation

BU Learning Technologists have recently been exploring some recent innovations in education technology and last Wednesday the Technology Enhanced Learning Innovation and Design (TELID) team hosted a drop-in session in the Fusion building to share some of this work. Participants enjoyed a high quality Virtual Reality experience via the Oculus Rift S which doesn’t require… Read more »

How AI is revolutionising DNA evidence

Developments in AI are revolutionising DNA evidence – but can we totally trust the machines?  Sophisticated AI (Artificial Intelligence) techniques are being developed to work out whether a DNA sample came directly from someone at a crime scene or was just innocently transferred. But could this technology introduce even more miscarriages of justice when even… Read more »

12 Apps of Christmas

The Digital Education Unit at the University of Glasgow has pulled together 12 apps that are useful in teaching and learning for online and distance education. Starting on the 9th of December 2019 they will reveal one app per day for 12 consecutive working days. They’ve added some festive cheer by creating a different short… Read more »

Assessment and Feedback Toolkit

Have you seen the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit? FLIE’s Assessment and Feedback Toolkit provides resources for academic staff along with tools and strategies to align assessment and feedback practices with the BU Principles of Assessment Design Policy (6c). At BU we support the Higher Education Academy’s principle that teaching and learning in Higher Education can… Read more »

Brightspace tools : Intelligent Agents

At the end of November, Sophie McGown Customer Success Manager at D2L, ran some sessions with BU staff providing a more detailed look at one of Brightspace’s most powerful tools; Intelligent Agents. Sophie shared some best practice and top tips before assisting staff in building and scheduling Intelligent Agents to run on their units. What… Read more »

Pearson Global Learner Survey 2019

Pearson have published their inaugural Global Learner Survey, capturing the opinions of learners worldwide. Internationally, learners are relying less on traditional institutions and are adopting a self-directed approach to their education, embracing technology and online learning to facilitate this. Learners are looking for vocational and soft skills bite-size learning across their lifetime. The report highlights… Read more »

Women in AI: Reinforcing Sexism and Stereotypes with Tech

An interesting article from Techopedia on the persistent problem of bias in AI. Why are gendered stereotypes manifested in the female identities associated with AI assistants? Why is there a systemic gender gap in technology roles in general, and in AI in particular? A recent UNESCO report warns how, if men continue to dominate this… Read more »