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Sharing templates and themes in Mentimeter

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Did you know you can share Mentimeter templates and themes with your colleagues? You might have a presentation template that is used by several members of the teaching team across your department, or you may have created a theme that your colleagues would like to utilise. Mentimeter’s new Groups functionality means you can now create… Read more »

Mentimeter planned maintenance – Saturday 26th December 9:00am -10:30 am

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Mentimeter is undergoing planned maintenance on Saturday, December 26th from 09:00 – 10:30 am. It will not be possible to access www.mentimeter.com (to create and edit presentations) or www.menti.com (to access live presentations) during this time. Normal service will resume following the downtime. Apologies for any inconvenience.  

Badges and awards – why?

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Did you know that you can create and award badges in Brightspace?  There’s a badge for it, too. Some research shows that students like them, and that they can improve student engagement and motivation (Roy and Clarke 2019). Badges can work well in formative assessment, for participation and to some extent for achievement or institutional… Read more »

Brightspace analytic workshop resources

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If you missed our recent Faculty workshops on Monitoring engagement with Brightspace analytics, you can catch up with all the resources on the Workshops and Drop-ins page of the Brightspace Staff resources area. In the workshops, we demonstrated where you can find analytics reporting within your Brightspace unit and some of the benefits of utilising… Read more »

Student progress reporting for Academic Advisers

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From the Monday 30 November 2020, student progress reports will be available for Academic Advisers in Brightspace to help inform conversations with students on their academic progress and engagement in their studies. The reports cover a student’s usage and engagement in Brightspace for each unit they are enrolled in which includes useful indicators like logins… Read more »

Peer Reflection on Education Practice (PREP)

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The PREP (Peer Reflection on Education Practice) process involves identification of a theme as part of your departmental AMER and this can be any aspect of education enhancement such as assessment, feedback, student voice etc. Some may link the PREP theme to their reflection based on results of NSS, MUSE etc. The peer observation process is… Read more »

Creative ways to use Padlet

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  Padlet works like an online sheet of paper onto which people add content including images, videos, documents, text or links to external resources.  Students and staff can then organise the content on the page and engage with it through comments and reactions (likes, votes, stars and grades). This means Padlet works particularly well for… Read more »

Zoom Cloud recordings update

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Since the launch of Zoom at BU, the platform has been integrated with Panopto which provides the ability to stream and share meeting recordings. This means that when a Zoom session is recorded it is stored on the Zoom Cloud and also automatically transferred to Panopto.  In order to manage the Zoom Cloud storage quota… Read more »

Helping students understand assessment and feedback

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How can you help your students to understand their assessment and feedback? The Assessment and Feedback toolkit provides lots of resources on some of the tools and strategies to align your assessment and feedback practices within BU policy. And now FLIE have produced this new ‘at-a-glance’ guide to support academic staff in implementing some of… Read more »