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New Assignment Marking Experience in Brightspace

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On 27 August we are releasing an update to the assignment experience which brings several improvements to the tool, including a cleaner layout of the marking screen. This will apply for the the marking of large/multiple file submissions and for feedback on presentations, practicals and portfolios etc… There will be no changes to marking or… Read more »

Collaborating on Mentimeter presentations

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Mentimeter have introduced a new feature which means you can now collaborate on your Mentimeter presentations. Use this feature to: Work simultaneously with colleagues to create and edit Mentimeter content Present Mentimeter slides produced by other colleagues How does it work? Once you have set up the beginnings of your presentation, click on Share >… Read more »

Understanding Gen Z Students

Thanks to new publication Generation Z: A Century in the Making by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace, below are some key findings to help us to better understand this core student demographic, and so enhance the effectiveness of our teaching. Dr Martyn Polkinghorne – Education Excellence Theme Leader in FLIE

Unit Preparation Basics – workshop and resources

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The last of our Unit Preparation Basics workshops is running on Wednesday 25th August at 11:00-11.30.  Join us for an introduction, or a refresher, on preparing your Brightspace unit for teaching next semester. A Learning Technologist will talk through some of the common tasks, such as adding staff to units, the different content experiences available… Read more »

How to momentarily hide your Mentimeter slides

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One of Mentimeter’s lesser known features is the ability to temporarily hide your presentation slides. It’s natural to start reading the content of a slide as soon as it appears on the screen, but maybe you would rather your students focused on what you’re saying before considering their response to the next question. You can… Read more »

Live captioning with Zoom

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Zoom now has the functionality to provide live captions during a session. There are many reasons that students might want to use this feature; where English is not their first language, where students are situated in a noisy environment, or to help students who may require additional learning support. You can use this feature to… Read more »

New HTML Templates

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The set of HTML page templates that can be used to create learning materials in Brightspace have been updated for this year providing a fresher look with improvements in accessibility and mobile access. What are HTML templates? HTML pages are a good platform for presenting content to students. Brightspace has a series of templates available… Read more »

Formative assessment – what might it look like?

A good place to start is always the relevant BU policy document, and in this case that is the Principles of Assessment Design Policy 6c.  https://intranetsp.bournemouth.ac.uk/pandptest/6c-principles-of-assessment-design-policy%20(2021-22).pdf Here are some key paragraphs that set out what is expected. Paragraph 4.3. BU supports the principle of assessment for learning rather than assessment of learning. This is underpinned by a requirement for… Read more »