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Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme – Annual Review

The Doctoral College Researcher Development Programme concludes for this academic year and what a year it has been! In 2020-21 the Researcher Development Programme delivered 107 online sessions across 54 different topic areas and have received fantastic feedback throughout. Thank you to all our facilitators and of course PGRs who engaged and were ready to learn and share. Thank you to… Read more »

New guidance for the quiz tool now available

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We’ve recently updated our guidance for quizzes in the Brightspace Staff Resources area. Over the past year there has been a significant uptake in the use of this tool as well as several improvements to the platform so in response we have re-written the guidance for quizzes to cover common use cases and queries and… Read more »

Online learning@BU

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As we move into another period with the focus on online teaching and learning, a reminder of the resources available via the Me@BU link on the Brightspace homepage. A collaboration by staff from various teams across the university, the Online learning@BU section provides advice and resources to support students when studying from home and online…. Read more »

Using Rubrics for effective marking and feedback

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What is a rubric?  Rubrics are used to evaluate an assignment or activity based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that assignments are evaluated fairly and consistently.  Essentially, a rubric provides marking guidelines to use to evaluate a piece of student’s work​.  It can also further support learning by providing students with feedback and feedforward comments where improvements can been made.  Have you… Read more »

Tools for engagement: Mentimeter and Padlet now available

Mentimeter and Padlet are two new platforms for the University which encourage engagement and support active learning in live teaching sessions and asynchronous activities. Mentimeter – An audience response system Mentimeter is an audience response system which allows you to pose questions during a live session and then display the answers back to your audience… Read more »

Guidance for live ‘synchronous’ delivery of teaching in 2020/21

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As we prepare for the new Academic Year, here is some guidance on the tools that you can use for live delivery of teaching. Zoom for online lectures and seminars As a result of staff feedback collated over the last few months, Zoom is now the recommended platform for delivery of live lecture and seminar… Read more »

Unit preparation and quicklinks in Brightspace

As a part of some of the improved features that have been applied to taught units in Brightspace, which include the new Updates widget and Unit overview widget, we have needed to remove the quicklinks widget to keep the unit homepages from becoming too busy. The quicklinks widget provided links and guidance for adding staff… Read more »

Brightspace Lessons Tool – pilot review

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Overview Lessons is an alternative way for staff and students to experience the Content tool in Brightspace. It provides a simplified approach to organising and viewing content, including colour-coded navigation in the left-hand column where each section can be expanded independently. This helps students move between different content areas without losing their place. The Lessons… Read more »

Improving student engagement with Panopto Quizzes

Are you worried that students are not engaging with your Panopto presentations? Lets face it, no matter how interesting the subject, sitting in front of a screen for long periods can be rather tedious. So how about micro lectures? why not break that 50 minute or 2 hour presentation down into bite size chunks of… Read more »