A new teaching and learning philosophy for a new building

The new Talbot building, Fusion Building 1 or FB1 for short, is progressing well with new developments visible to passers by every day. The plan is for the building to be released to us around Easter with its use for teaching commencing in September 2016. The screens around the side of the site provide an… Read more »


Starting in 2010, SUBU have adopted a culture of recognising and rewarding professional and service excellence amongst BU staff via an initiative captioned “YOU’RE BRILLIANT AWARDS”. This year was no exception as students nominated staff who they think are brilliant as academics or in rendering services to the student body, but also have been immensely… Read more »

SURE 2016 – deadline for abstracts submission EXTENDED TO 10 JAN

Yesterday was the ‘original’ deadline for abstract submissions to the SURE conference. So far a significant number of abstracts have been received, which is an improvement compared to the same time last year. In order to further increase participation and give more students the opportunity, deadline has been extended to 10 Jan 2016. SURE is a one-day conference… Read more »

CEL drop in sessions

Dear colleagues, the Centre for Excellence in Learning (CEL) will be running drop in sessions in Talbot and Lansdowne campuses for the first quarter of 2016. These sessions are intended for any academic who want to know more about CEL, discuss ideas, check out opportunities, identify resources, share good educational practices or receive support to inspire… Read more »

Study: Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hrs/Day on Mobile Phones

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Study: Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hrs/Day on #MobilePhones By Rhea Kelly 11/19/15 The average U.S. millennial (aged 16-30) with Internet access spends 3.1 hours a day on a mobile phone — totaling 21.7 hours a week or 1,128 hours (47 days) a year, according to a new study from global research consultancy TNS…. Read more »

Today’s Let’s talk about IT session postponed

Due to illness, we have had to postpone today’s Let’s talk about IT drop in session in PG30a.  We apologise for the cancellation.  We will reschedule the session shortly and advise of the new date(s) here on the CEL blog.

Large group sizes: the challenge of facilitating effective learning

The undergraduate-nursing programme within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences attracts large cohorts of students that are increasing year on year. This presents challenges to ensure effective facilitation of learning in larger groups, with potential issues around staff preparedness, provision of appropriate learning spaces, as well as staff and student satisfaction. With this in… Read more »

Journal of Information Literacy vol 9 (2) now out

Thanks to editor Emma Coonan for sharing Dear Colleagues, I am thrilled to announce that volume 9(2) of the Journal of Information Literacy is now available at – please find the table of contents below. As a first-time editor, it has been an absolute privilege to be involved with the publication of this issue… Read more »

Tools to be included in the TEL Toolkit

The recent workshops on the TEL Toolkit have been very good for gathering a wide range of input on the Toolkit and related issues. For the launch in February, we have identified the initial tranch of TEL tools that we would like to include.  After the launch, there will be further tools added and we… Read more »

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) release of latest OER report (thanks to Cable Green)

Greetings OER Friends: In case you missed this good news… The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its latest OER report yesterday: Open Educational Resources: A Catalyst for Innovation, Educational Research and Innovation. (PDF) OECD post re-tweet CC post re-tweet Creative Commons (CC) is also pleased to see OECD using a CC license… Read more »