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Brightspace online quizzes FAQs

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Are you thinking about using online quizzes for assessment? Using the Brightspace quiz tool can bring several benefits, such as reducing the administrative burden, reaching large cohorts, and providing some basic analytics around question and response statistics. Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions around online quizzes to help get you started. Creating… Read more »

New look Brightspace staff resources area coming soon

The Brightspace Staff Resources area, available under the Help tab on Brightspace, is full of useful guidance to support staff in the development and delivery of their units. This area continues to grow in response to the acquisition of new tools to facilitate online learning and the sharing of good practice examples. In response to your… Read more »

D2L Online Learning training sessions

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D2L, the suppliers of Brightspace, have lots of resources on how to use Brightspace tools (check out the Brightspace Tutorials YouTube channel). This December, they are also offering five 30 min training sessions specifically around online learning, covering topics such as how to structure an online course, how to gamify courses and what personalised learning… Read more »

Monitoring engagement and performance on your units

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Did you know there is lots of analytics data available on Brightspace at unit level? Learning analytics can be key in picking up students who may be falling behind or not engaging and require an intervention, and in facilitating a personal learning experience for students through regular touch points of communication so that students know… Read more »

Zoom security improvements and useful tips

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From the 17 November our default recommendation for Zoom sessions will include enabling authentication and using Waiting Rooms, this means students will need to sign-in to join sessions. This change brings in a number of benefits: Improved security as Zoom sessions are restricted to only allow members of the University to join Students will join… Read more »

Updated security and etiquette guidance for Students when using Zoom

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As part of our support for students when participating in Zoom calls we have updated our student help guidance to ensure that live online sessions are safe and secure for everyone. The Acceptable Use Policy defines the way students, staff and authorised users are expected to use information and information technology which is provided by… Read more »

Daily LT drop-ins continue

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Throughout November your Learning Technologists will continue to be online daily at 11am every week day. These sessions are run via Zoom and can be accessed via the Brightspace Staff Resources online drop in pages. Simply click on the link in the table on the day between 11-11.30am. You might need some help setting up an… Read more »

MUSE is on the way

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What is MUSE? The Mid-Unit Student Evaluation (MUSE) is a survey designed to encourage students to reflect on their progress to date and feed back on their learning experience, including views on any summative or formative feedback received during their current unit. This information enables tutors to incorporate any necessary enhancements moving forward, therefore adding… Read more »

Getting started with Mentimeter

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Have you started using interactive presentations with Mentimeter yet? Mentimeter offer regular free webinars to help you get to know everything you need to start running your own Mentimeter presentations. You’ll learn the basic functions of Mentimeter including: How and when to use Mentimeter How to create and edit your own presentations How and when… Read more »

The benefits of lecture capture

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There are several benefits to recording teaching delivery, for both staff and students, and this has become more important with the challenges students face when predominantly accessing their teaching sessions from off-campus. The Digital Pedagogies Framework supports the recording of teaching delivery including embedding recordings into Brightspace, renaming with clear titles and dates, contextualising with key… Read more »