Blended learning

JISC Learning Analytics training

Following on from earlier messages and information about the BU Learning Analytics pilot we are pleased to confirm the implementation of the extended pilot.  All Level 0 and Level 4 programmes are in scope in Semester 1 2022-23 academic year, with the opportunity to use the following features:  Attendance capture – Checkin   Unit reporting  Student engagement reporting   Learning Analytics is intended to give students… Read more »

Retiring the Brightspace Chat tool

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The Chat tool is one of the older Brightspace tools and offers very basic chat functionality which has since been surpassed by other synchronous communication tools like Zoom and MS Teams. A specific flaw in the tool means that when you join a chat you cannot see any messages that have been raised previously so… Read more »

Digital Pedagogies Framework for 2022/2023


The Digital Pedagogies Framework was developed to support staff in the development and delivery of online and blended pedagogies, and to drive consistency across units to promote an excellent student learning experience. Following an annual review, the current version has been revised based on experience and feedback over the last academic year. The themed structure… Read more »

MUSE is on the way

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What is MUSE? The Mid-Unit Student Evaluation (MUSE) is a survey designed to encourage students to reflect on their progress to date and feed back on their learning experience, including views on any summative or formative feedback received during their current unit. This information enables tutors to incorporate any necessary enhancements moving forward, therefore adding… Read more »

Blended and Flipped the time has come!


Can there possibly be a silver lining to our experience of teaching and learning during Covid-19? A Wonkhe/Aula survey of 630 academics and professional staff found some interesting positives.  More than 80%  are more willing to experiment with digital technologies for learning and teaching. The devil, of course, is in the detail in context. In… Read more »

Date availability settings now available for ‘Lessons’ content experiences

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When the Lessons Content Experiences were first introduced in 2019 they did not include the ability to release content and modules by date whilst this functionality has always been available within the Standard Content Experience. We’re pleased (relieved) to announce that the Lessons 1 ‘New content experience’ and Lessons 2 ‘New learner experience’ now have… Read more »

Bookable appointments with the Bookings app

The Microsoft Bookings app is part of the Office365 suite of applications and allows you to create bookable slots for your students (and colleagues). Booked appointments are added to your Outlook calendar (and the person’s who has booked) along with an optional link to a Teams meeting if you wish to have the appointment online…. Read more »

Revised Digital Pedagogies Framework

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The Digital Pedagogies Framework was developed as part of an integrated plan for digital and online pedagogies. It aims to support staff at BU in the preparation, development and delivery of online and blended teaching. The current version has now been revised based on the experience of the academic year 2020/2021 and is aligned with… Read more »