What to do about Bloom’s 2 sigma problem?

Benjamin Bloom reported a research result about educational effectiveness in the journal ‘Education researcher’ (1984). Bloom was looking at the performance of students and comparing conventional group tuition with mastery learning tuition and also with one to one tuition. The results broadly showed how mastery learning techniques improved the average performance by 1 standard deviation… Read more »

CEL Fusion Investment Funding Bids – the results!

We were delighted to receive so many high quality bids, congratulations to successful individuals/teams: Milena Bobeva (FoM) International students guide to assessment and feedback methods, procedures and practice Erika Borkoles (FoM) The development of a co-creational vodcast toolkit to explain psychological theories and their application to real life problems Philip Mathews (FMC) Peer Assisted Scriptwriting… Read more »

YOUR education blog

Some staff members have asked if they can share their education questions, successes and experiences on the CEL blog. The answer is a resounding YES! We welcome your input and look forward to hearing from you. If you would like an account to post to the blog, please email

An open education approach to CPD for teachers

Dr Debbie Holley, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of CEL has just returned from the London International Conference on Education, where she gave a keynote to participants called ‘An Open Education Resource (OER) approach to CPD’ calling for a more teacher focused approach to planning for, and organising, Continuous Professional Development. Drawing upon a series… Read more »

Many bids received in response to the CEL FIF call

The current round for CEL FIF proposals closed yesterday, 9th November. Eleven applications have been received focussing on either Technology Enhanced Learning, Employability, Work-based learning and professional practice, Innovative assessment, feedback and forward, and generic pedagogic development/research. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. We are reviewing the applications on Friday and expect to… Read more »

7 reasons to engage in the TEL Toolkit

We are in the process of developing a resources for BU academics that will provide help, support and guidance in gaining the most from the available TEL tools such as myBU, Xerte and Panopto to mention but a few.  The toolkit is being developed and populated this semester and is due for release in semester… Read more »

CEL researcher travelling to Colombia – fostering links with Latin America

Jacqueline Priego is presenting at the Latin American and Caribbean Conference of Social Sciences – get in touch for potential collaborations. This week, CEL’s Jacqueline Priego is travelling to Medellin, Colombia, to present at the VII Latin American and Caribbean Conference of Social Sciences, Organised by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO). This… Read more »


  Debbie Holley went along to the stunning British Academy building in London for a Horizon 2020 briefing day about social science and research. Calls are already well documented, insert link, but keynote speaker Phillippe Keruafran, Deputy Head of Unit Research and Innovation, traveling from Brussels to give his talk, encouraged social scientists to look… Read more »

Fair Access Regulation and Fair Access Research

  In a follow-up post to her thoughts about student loans, Hannah Arendt, and the limits of life, Dr Alex Wardrop discusses why an independent fair access regulator can help us tell stories about widening participation differently. “If we keep continue to speak the same language to each other, we will reproduce the same story. Begin… Read more »