We’ve recently updated our online guidance on how to create groups in Brightspace to provide clearer instructions on the types of groups available, and the process of creating groups and allocating students to them. There are several options when setting up groups: manual allocation, random allocation, or allowing students to self-enrol. If you have a… Read more » about Updated Groups tool guidance
Teaching and Learning
Getting Creative with Release Conditions in Brightspace
In Brightspace, Release Conditions can be used to trigger an event when a pre-set condition, or conditions, have been met. For example, an announcement could be released conditionally to students achieving a certain score in a formative quiz, offering generic feedback/feedforward suggestions to students within specified grade ranges. Release conditions are very flexible and can… Read more » about Getting Creative with Release Conditions in Brightspace
Mentimeter for students
You’re probably aware that we have an institutional licence for Mentimeter at BU, the audience response system that helps add those interactive elements to teaching sessions. But did you know that all BU students also have access to the BU Mentimeter account, meaning they can utilise the full functionality of Mentimeter? How might students use… Read more » about Mentimeter for students
The context of the inclusivity health check at BU
Last week the FLIE education enhancement workshops reached a milestone session as the third and final in the series on Inclusion Equity and Social Justice. It was taken as an opportunity to step back to review the context(s) of inclusivity in HE and at BU. In our globalised, internationalised, and interlinked world, we regularly encounter… Read more » about The context of the inclusivity health check at BU
LinkedIn Learning academic webinar
Say hello to hybrid! Wednesday 16 March 13:00-14:00 This webinar from LinkedIn Learning looks at how institutions across Europe, Middle East and Africa are leveraging LinkedIn Learning to adapt to new hybrid models of delivery or shift from remote back to in-person learning, for both students and staff. It will discuss strategy, promotion and best… Read more » about LinkedIn Learning academic webinar
MUSE is on the way
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 » about MUSE is on the way
New FLIE Education Enhancement Workshops
FLIE is keeping up with the Education Enhancement Workshops. The schedule for March and April is available here. Each event is an opportunity to join conversations and debates with Dr Uma Patel, Anne Quinney and Dr Mark Readman. These workshops are also a great chance to network and connect with fellow professionals. Registrations must be… Read more » about New FLIE Education Enhancement Workshops
What do we have in common? Education research and discipline-based signature pedagogies research.
Long ago and far away (well 1989*) the notion of academic tribes entered the discourse around what universities are for, what academics do and what counts as teaching and learning in Higher Education. There is evidence that some territories (aka disciplines and fields) have a less active pedagogical research tradition and less emphasis on publishing… Read more » about What do we have in common? Education research and discipline-based signature pedagogies research.
New Mentimeter Add-in for PowerPoint
Mentimeter presentations can be easily shared directly with participants via the browser, by simply sharing the Mentimeter screen as and when you want to run your interactive activity. There are also a few options for integrating Mentimeter presentations with your slides, for example by: creating your presentation entirely in Mentimeter by using the Content slides… Read more » about New Mentimeter Add-in for PowerPoint
Blended and Flipped the time has come!
Can there possibly be a silver lining to our experience of teaching and learning during Covid-19? A Wonkhe/Aula survey of 630 academics and professional staff found some interesting positives. More than 80% are more willing to experiment with digital technologies for learning and teaching. The devil, of course, is in the detail in context. In… Read more » about Blended and Flipped the time has come!