Teaching and Learning

Communication, communication and more communication

For many of us the recent shift to online learning is new and sudden! So there’s a lot to take in quite quickly and whilst many staff are making a much smoother transition than they thought possible, some hints and tips on teaching and engaging students online may still be helpful. Some key messages from… Read more »

LT Drop in clinics this week

The week beginning Monday 30th March the Learning Technologists will be running further online drop-in clinics each day. This week we’re going to focus on providing advice and support around using Panopto, whether that be for running a live webcast or pre-recording sessions. No need to book, just turn up at a time that suits… Read more »

LT Drop-in clinics

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week your Faculty LT will be running online drop-in clinics. Run through Brightspace, we’re here to provide advice and support around moving teaching online with a focus this week on using the Virtual Classroom tool. We’ll be covering a range of topics in further sessions. No need to book, just turn up at a time… Read more »

Running a successful virtual classroom

One of Brightspace’s main tools for meeting virtually with smaller groups of students online is the Virtual Classroom. It’s quick and simple to set up in your unit and is an effective way to engage with groups of 50 or less. As you start planning your session, here are some things to consider to ensure… Read more »

How To Practice ‘Safe Techs’: Practical Virtual & Augmented Reality Hygiene Advice

Forbes article from Sol Rogers of Consumer Tech. The coronavirus outbreak has put everyone on a hygiene alert. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has outlined basic protective measures: Wash hands frequently, maintain social distancing, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and practice good respiratory hygiene. But what are the best practices if you are sharing immersive… Read more »

Is Immersive Technology The Future Of Journalism?

Forbes Article by Sol Rogers, Contributor to Consumer Tech Nonny de la Peña, named the ‘Godmother of Virtual Reality’, helped invent virtual journalism. With early pieces like Hunger in Los Angeles and Gone Gitmo, Nonny shone a light on the potential of immersive media to change journalism. Talking to VFX Voice, Nonny said, “As journalists,… 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 »

New Brightspace Feature Pilot – Activity Feed

As a part our ongoing evaluation of updates to Brightspace, for Semester 2, we will be piloting a new widget called ‘Activity Feed’ which replaces the current ‘Announcements’ tool on your unit Homepage. The Activity Feed allows linked content and activities to be more easily embedded in posts and brings a new approach to the… Read more »

Did you know there’s an app for Brightspace?

Called ‘Brightspace Pulse’ it was originally developed as a way for students to receive notifications, however, it has been redesigned and now offers almost full Brightspace functionality. Students can access their course material on the go and staff can manage their Units from anywhere. As an example, I was recently asked to help where a… Read more »