Blended learning

Preparing myBU for AY 16-17 – countdown to the start of term

Before academics can start preparing their units in myBU, the units must first be Published (created in myBU) and the staff responsible for the delivery of the unit must be Assigned (attached to the unit). This preliminary stage takes place in the VIS (VLE Information System) and needs to be carried out by staff with knowledge of which units… Read more »

myBU preparation for the next AY

There are a series of enhancements being made over the summer to make sure myBU delivers an improved and more consistent user experience for our students. The enhancements are a direct response to student requests as part of their learning experience, and include academic feedback on their MUSE comments, plus more access to lecture capture… Read more »

Panopto video service upgrade – 25/06/16 8:00pm to 11:00pm

On Saturday June 25, the Panopto video service will be offline from 8:00pm to 11:00pm GMT whilst it is upgraded. The upgrade will remove reliance on the Silverlight browser plug in. This means that Panopto recordings can be edited online in any browser (rather than just Firefox). During the upgrade you will not be able… Read more »

Invitation to the first annual conference of the Blended Learning Consortium

Apologies for cross posting Invitation to the first annual conference of the Blended Learning Consortium http://blc-fe.org  taking place in Bromsgrove on June 30th . This conference “Creativity, Collaboration, Community and Co-development” is focused on the work of the BLC through which, presently, 54 Colleges are working together to co-develop high quality interactive blended learning resources… Read more »

#BbTLC2016: Authentic assessment with large cohorts

Dr Chris Moore of UWE recently presented at the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference (2016) about his approaches to embedding authentic assessment into a unit delivered to a large cohort of students. The unit in question was a Level 4 Anatomy unit attended by over 200 students with delivery of 12 topics,  spread over 24 weeks involving lectures, practicals and tutorials. Assessment… Read more »

Panopto – Now available on all staff PCs

IT Services recently rolled out the Panopto Recorder software to all staff PCs and learning spaces, including the presenter PCs in seminar rooms. It is also available in all Lecture Theatres. You can use Panopto to record live lectures, or to pre-record lectures and similar activities in advance from your own desktop. You can also use… Read more »

5 Different Things to Do With Panopto

Panopto is mainly known as a Lecture Capture system, but it has many features that make it useful for a range of Technology Enhanced Learning activities. Here are just a few of the possibilities.   1 – Linking Fieldwork to Learning and Teaching Videos can be created on mobile devices and uploaded directly to units… Read more »

Pedagogy: Flipped classroom

This post supports and is aligned to the TEL Toolkit pedagogy. Its purpose is to be a focus point for comments, suggestions, case studies, research and ultimately a community of practice for staff who have an interest in this area. We welcome your feedback and comments on this pedagogy in teaching and learning.

PG Cert Online week: contribute to our Twitter debate

Join us: #PGCertBU Thursday 29th October 10.30/11.30 Dr Debbie Holley is a National Teaching Fellow and leads the Post Graduate Certificate for Educational Practice – the BU in-house course designed to support and develop new staff. Successful completion of the course also means participants qualify for the award of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,… Read more »

Is blended learning making us stupid, too?

Ray Archee of the University of Western Sydney presented this paper at the International Conference on Higher Education Research in Shanghai, China, at the weekend. The title comes from a paper by Nicholas Carr from 2008 entitled ‘Is Google making us stupid? What the internet is doing to our brains’ which assessed whether the internet… Read more »