Conference Report

CELebrate 2017: What iInnovate tells us about assessment and feedback

This presentation looked at the responses to the Iinnovate initiative to demonstrate how staff are innovating in assessment and feedback.  Extracting relevant data from the Iinnovate programme, the presentation highlighted practical steps that staff can consider for adoption. The presentation is available here: Promoting academic staff innovation at Bournemouth University from David Biggins    

CELebrate 2017: Using audience response systems

At the recent CELebrate 2017 Conference, one of the presentations comprised a hands-on workshop of two competing audience response systems; Mentimeter and Kahoot. Audience response systems are very good for engaging an audience by asking them questions to which they respond using their own devices such as a mobile phone.  Kahoot is free to use… Read more »

Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference 2017

In pursuit of excellence: inspiring achievement through transformative pedagogy. Professor Debbie Holley, David Hunt and Stephen Pyne attended and delivered sessions at the Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference at Southampton Solent University on Friday 23rd June 2017. The aim of the conference was to promote excellence in learning and teaching by providing a forum… Read more »

If I can do it then so can you

A post from Jenny Hall This week I was privileged to be selected to present at the triennial International Confederation of midwives Congress taking place in Toronto, Canada, as part of a symposium with a colleague from Scotland and another from Canada.  We were discussing Spirituality and childbirth (and able to mention our edited book… Read more »

The HEA Surveys Conference 2017 was a Great Success!

This year’s HEA Surveys Conference was a great success with academics and professional support staff from a wide range of UK universities mixing to discuss experiences and to share top tips. Survey discussions were not just limited to the Undergraduate NSS/DLHE and the Postgraduate PTES/PRES surveys of which most of us are familiar, but also incorporated the… Read more »

Transforming Assessment in Higher Education: HEA Symposium on Technology-Enabled Assessment

The Higher Education Academy recently held a Symposium in York as part of a series on ‘Transforming Assessment in Higher Education’. BU presented a Case Study at this event on our use of Online Assignment Handling, authored by David Fevyer and Kathryn Cheshir. This case study paid particular attention to our institution-wide adoption of Turnitin for… Read more »

Professor Debbie Holley delivers Keynote to BU Careers and Teachers Conference

A keynote presentation to the BU Careers and Teachers conference #BUCATC This keynote suggests that with the move to models of school based teacher training, that trainee teachers and NQTs find their  Continuous Professional Development needs are not being met, and indeed, can be unsuitable to their needs.  I suggest that harnessing their desire co-create… Read more »

Being a magic weaver

At the recently held Service Excellence Conference 2017, Sir John Jones drew on his book “The magic-weaving business: finding the heart of learning and teaching” to inspire attendees to become agents of lasting change. Being a magic weaver may be considered not limited to individuals who can make a positive and lasting difference in the lives… Read more »

Findings CEL-funded project disseminated in Nepal

On Thursday 27th April BU staff presented at a dissemination meeting on research conducted into Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in Nursing in Nepal. At the moment nurses in Nepal can stay registered for decades without any evidence of updating their knowledge or recent work experience.  The qualitative research included eight focus groups with a range of nurses from… Read more »

The OER hub – update on things OER

Apologies for posting – those interested, please contact the OER Hub team and last week, info about the conference here: activity in #openeducationwk 2017 As ever, there is a lot happening here at the Hub and Open Education Week 2017 provides a great opportunity to update everyone on what we’ve been up to. With our… Read more »