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Introduction to Brightspace for new starters

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As part of our Brightspace online training we’ve recently added a module for new starters. This module is aimed at new teaching staff to help them get familiar with navigating Brightspace and to understand some of the basics, including: where to go for help and support the different types of units the different content experiences… Read more »

Welcome to FLIEflix

What is FLIEflix? Most of us are now quite familiar with accessing boxsets on Netflix and other similar platforms. Taking this concept, we have created boxsets of some of the most popular support being offered by the Centre for Fusion Learning Innovation and Excellence (FLIE). These boxsets each have a theme, and the episodes within… Read more »

HE staff’s attitudes and expectations about their role in induction activities

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A new paper exploring HE staff’s attitudes and expectations about their role in induction activities has been published by Dr Camila Devis-Rozental and Susanne Clarke in the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education and is available via open access. The paper which sought the views of 58 participants, both academic and professional members of… 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 »

What is a Learning Technologist?

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“Learning technologists are people who are actively involved in managing, researching, supporting or enabling learning with the use of learning technology” – The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) The Learning Technologists at BU are based in the Centre for Fusion Learning Innovation and Excellence (FLIE). There is a Faculty Learning Technologist dedicated to each of… Read more »

What’s New for 2021

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Welcome to Semester 1, 2021! As you start working with Brightspace again, you may notice some new features and changes to the look and feel of our virtual learning environment.  Some of the resources and guidance pages have been redesigned to make it easier to find the advice or information that you are looking for. … Read more »

Relaunch of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Practice

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Education Practice relaunches at the end of this month. The programme develops your skills as a critical and reflective Higher Education practitioner in any role which supports learning, and successful completion leads to nomination as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for BU staff. The PGCert has been completely redesigned… Read more »

Brightspace units now live to students

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The new curricular units for 2021/22 are now available for students on Brightspace. Here is a quick reminder of the key dates: Key dates 13 September* – Students have access to units for Semester 1/2/3 (one week prior to the start of Semester 1). 20 September – Induction / Welcome week – Start of semester 1…. Read more »

Applying for HEA Fellowship this Academic Year?

I’m delighted to confirm that applications for HEA Fellowship in the Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Senior Fellow categories are now invited from BU staff. The first submission date this academic year will be Monday 20th September 2021. For more information about other submission dates later in the academic year, please click here. To locate the… Read more »