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Half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone

Fifty per cent of the UK’s 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom. The amount of young phone owners doubled between the ages of nine and 10, which Ofcom dubbed “the age of digital independence”. In addition, 24% of 3 and 4-year-olds had their own tablet, and 15%… Read more »

Google boss Sundar Pichai calls for AI regulation

The head of Google and parent company Alphabet has called for artificial intelligence (AI) to be regulated. Writing in the Financial Times, Sundar Pichai said it was “too important not to” impose regulation but argued for “a sensible approach”. He said that individual areas of AI development, like self-driving cars and health tech, required tailored… Read more »

Funds now available to support Global Staff Mobility: Erasmus+

Global staff mobility, including training and teaching, leads to professional development and networking and brings great value to BU and our students, whilst offering invaluable international experience. We are pleased to announce that staff, both academic and professional support, can now apply for funds to support these activities through Erasmus+. Erasmus+ funds are a great… Read more »

Colleagues Please find below the link to an article ‘hot off the press’ published last week in Education Technology Insights Magazine: Special Edition on EdTech. This magazine is a comprehensive news platform that lobbies and seeks to influence educational institutions in terms of articulating, through ‘learning -from-peers’ the benefits of  speeding up technological take-up for teaching and… Read more »

12 Apps of Christmas

The Digital Education Unit at the University of Glasgow has pulled together 12 apps that are useful in teaching and learning for online and distance education. Starting on the 9th of December 2019 they will reveal one app per day for 12 consecutive working days. They’ve added some festive cheer by creating a different short… Read more »

Journal: Studies in Higher Education

  Along with my colleagues Dr Geli Roushan (FLIE/MSI) and Helen O’Sullivan (MSI), and Dr Julia Taylor (Doctoral College), I am delighted to have our paper entitled “An Innovative Framework for Higher Education to Evaluate Learning Gain: A Case Study Based Upon the Discipline of Marketing” accepted for publication in the 3 Star journal “Studies… Read more »

Assessment and Feedback Toolkit

Have you seen the Assessment and Feedback Toolkit? FLIE’s Assessment and Feedback Toolkit provides resources for academic staff along with tools and strategies to align assessment and feedback practices with the BU Principles of Assessment Design Policy (6c). At BU we support the Higher Education Academy’s principle that teaching and learning in Higher Education can… Read more »

Brightspace tools : Intelligent Agents

At the end of November, Sophie McGown Customer Success Manager at D2L, ran some sessions with BU staff providing a more detailed look at one of Brightspace’s most powerful tools; Intelligent Agents. Sophie shared some best practice and top tips before assisting staff in building and scheduling Intelligent Agents to run on their units. What… Read more »

Winner of the CMC Best Paper Award for papers published in 2018: Student Cocreation

The winner of the CMC Best Paper Award for papers published in 2018 as been announced. The paper was based on a student dissertation. Denegri-Knott, J., Nixon, E., & Abraham, K. (2018). Politicising the study of sustainable living practices. Consumption Markets & Culture, 21(6), 554-573. There was a group of strong papers nominated for the… Read more »

An Introduction to Applying for HEA Fellowship

Key Information Aimed at: Colleagues who are interetsed in applying for Fellowship of the HEA Indicative Frequency: Twice per academic year Facilitated by: Dr Martyn Polkinghorne, TeachBU Cross-Faculty Lead Your Time Commitments: 1 hour workshop If you’re not sure where to start, or have questions around applying then attending an ‘Introductory’ session will be of benefit… Read more »