Brightspace link added to the staff intranet homepage

The bottom menu options on the staff intranet has been augmented this week with the inclusion of a link to Brightspace. The link appears on the first set of options and next to myBU. Clicking on ‘Brightspace’ will take you to the new VLE where you will be asked to log in. The link is… Read more »

Brightspace training update – 14 Jun 17

Brightspace logo

This week sees the end of the first tranche of Brightspace training.  In the period since 8th May, a team of 17 people has run 55 training sessions in Brightspace primarily for academic staff but also for administrative staff.  In addition, a number of familiarisation sessions have been run for professional services staff. Staff completing… Read more »

Brightspace training – an update

We started training academic and administrative staff in using the new VLE, Brightspace, on Monday 8th May.  The training is split into 2 sessions, an A and a B.  To date we have hosted just less than 300 training instances (ie an A or B session) with the plan for around 860 instances for this… Read more »

Developing Staff Further: The additional benefits of a TEL Toolkit

Colleagues, delighted to report that our abstract for the prestigious Association of Learning Technologists has been accepted – there has been significant interest in the BU work in this area, led by David Biggins, previously a CEL theme leader and now one of our Academic Learning Advisors working on Brightspace, our new VLE ==== Developing… Read more »

Brightspace training begins

The staff training on Brightspace began with a full day session on Monday.  10 staff members attended the first day and the plan is to train another 350 staff in the next 5 weeks. The training is split into two sessions.  Session A introduces Brightspace and demonstrates the features and benefits to staff.  Session B… Read more »

Preparing for the new VLE – training in Brightspace

Preparations for the new VLE are well underway.  In CEL, IT Skills and LLS we have been preparing for the staff training which begins on Monday 8th May.  The plan is to train 350 academic and administrative staff over the next 8-10 weeks as preparation for almost half of all BU programmes transitioning to the new… Read more »

BU’s Vision4Learning project and the ‘magic-weaving business’

Photograph (L-R): Sir John Jones and Professor Debbie Holley (Head of CEL) Last week the fourth annual Service Excellence conference was held at BU. Attended by both professional service and academic staff, the conference offered a variety of workshops and visiting speakers to explore themes of kindness in the workplace and going the extra mile… Read more »

VLE Implementation Phase One: full list of programmes now available

Following the announcement of BU’s plan to implement its new Brightspace virtual learning environment, a detailed list of all participating programmes can now be found on the Vision4Learning (V4L) Sharepoint site. Almost half of BU’s programmes will lead this exciting transition, which will be in place by the start of the new academic year in… Read more »

Learning Analytics at BU?

Jisc have a broad definition of learning analytics.  They say: Every time a student interacts with their university – be that going to the library, logging into their virtual learning environment or submitting assessments online – they leave behind a digital footprint. Learning analytics is the process of using this data to improve learning and… Read more »

Interested in Learning Analytics?

The effective use of Learning Analytics (LA) has been identified by Jisc as a priority for HEIs and there are many case studies of its successful use. The data from LA can be used at the institution, faculty, department and unit levels to help make informed decisions which can lead to improved student satisfaction, retention… Read more »