Case Studies: In BU

Innovative practices happening in BU where research is used to underpin the learning

Patient and Public Involvement Project

By James Gavin CEL Innovation Awards, Project Update Since being granted funding for my Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) project, I have focused on organizing Phase I: The PPI Seminar Series. Initial meetings with my co-investigators, Dr Mel Hughes and Tom Wainwright, involved proposing a seminar schedule, to include four separate workshops aimed at students…. Read more »

The co-creation of unit assessments based on the principles of ‘backward design’

By Richard Wallis & Ashley Woodfall (joint-PIs) CEL Innovation Awards, Project Update This CEL Innovation Award was originally predicated on the idea that our project would span two faculties working together. The most significant and exciting development to have occurred since work has begun, is its extension to three faculties. The Faculty of Media and… Read more »

Understanding the importance of social networks for student wellbeing at BU

This seminar highlights the results of George Ellis’ recent research project in which he investigated the importance of social networks on anxiety and depression levels within the BU MSc student cohorts of 2014-2016. We are keen to share this information so that people may be able to use it for planning MSc student inductions and… Read more »

Volume 10(2) of the Journal of Information Literacy is now available at

Apologies for cross posting Dear Colleagues, I’m delighted to announce that volume 10(2) of the Journal of Information Literacy is now available at Please find the table of contents below: a selection box of information literacy goodies for your festive enjoyment!   With every good wish, Emma. Articles   School libraries, political information and… Read more »

Exploring and Evaluating Evidence Online Unit

This October saw the launch of the online Exploring and Evaluating Evidence (EEE) unit in FHSS.  Initial indications from the unit evaluations are that many students appreciated this approach to learning and the flexibility that it offered them. This was especially true for students who would otherwise have had to travel long distances to attend… Read more »

The ups and downs of using Panopto

One of the tools that the Learning Technologists and CEL have been promoting to academic staff is the recording tool, Panopto.  Panopto is the name of the software that enables BU staff to record video, audio and presentations that can then be viewed by others, normally students, but anyone to whom you grant access. You… Read more »

The development of a co-creational toolkit to explain psychological theories and their applications to real life problems.

Dr Erika Borkoles reports on a project supported by the CEL Fusion Investment Fund. The project’s aim was to develop a series of co-creational vodcasts to enhance students’ critical thinking skills when applying psychological theories to practice. The vodcasts were co-created with students, who advised staff on the content and format of the vodcasts. There were 5… Read more »

Peer Assisted Learning Script Development Workshops

Philip Mathews reports on a project titled Peer Assisted Learning Script Development Workshops. The project which was supported by the Centre for Excellence in Learning’s Fusion Investment Fund aimed to establish a course wide approach to critical reading, reflection and peer to peer learning and support through developmental scriptwriting workshops. This peer to peer development workshop was intended to promote collaboration, student development,… Read more »

Peer Facilitated Learning: An evaluation of the student and academic experience of participating in reciprocal sharing of knowledge

Dr Susan Way and her team recently completed a project supported by the CEL Fusion Investment Fund. The aim of the project was to evaluate the experience of Peer Facilitated Learning (PFL) delivered through group presentations and engagement in discussion by second year student midwives. Understanding from academics regarding the assessment process and assisting in the… Read more »

Co-creation report: ‘Share a Coke’

‘Share a Coke’: The influences of content marketing on brand loyalty, by Bao Ngo My final year research project “‘Share a Coke’: The influences of content marketing on Brand Loyalty” aims to enrich our knowledge of the roles of content marketing in shaping the brand image of companies to improve the customer loyalty. This research… Read more »