Showcasing your VLE expertise

We have recently been seeing some fantastic content created in our VLEs, myBU and Brightspace.  We certainly have some very talented and creative members of staff! Here is an example using a Brightspace template:   We would love to showcase your work on the CEL blog to inspire others about what can be achieved in VLEs…. Read more »

Preparing myBU for AY 17/18 – countdown to the start of term

This post contains important information and dates for staff who will be continuing to use myBU in the next academic year. Please note that, as last year, unit content will not be automatically rolled over from 16/17.  If required, elements of your unit(s) can be copied over in a few simple steps.  Information on how… Read more »

Excited about Brightspace

It’s not often that I get excited by training. However, the training provided by the Brightspace team has sparked all sorts of internal conversations. The training was beautifully designed: I had my own ‘sandbox’ to play in and live support from the team. This was a sophisticated lesson to an educationalist about learning by doing… Read more »

Brightspace training update – 14 Jun 17

This week sees the end of the first tranche of Brightspace training.  In the period since 8th May, a team of 17 people has run 55 training sessions in Brightspace primarily for academic staff but also for administrative staff.  In addition, a number of familiarisation sessions have been run for professional services staff. Staff completing… Read more »

Brightspace training begins

The staff training on Brightspace began with a full day session on Monday.  10 staff members attended the first day and the plan is to train another 350 staff in the next 5 weeks. The training is split into two sessions.  Session A introduces Brightspace and demonstrates the features and benefits to staff.  Session B… Read more »

BU’s Vision4Learning project and the ‘magic-weaving business’

Photograph (L-R): Sir John Jones and Professor Debbie Holley (Head of CEL) Last week the fourth annual Service Excellence conference was held at BU. Attended by both professional service and academic staff, the conference offered a variety of workshops and visiting speakers to explore themes of kindness in the workplace and going the extra mile… Read more »

Lecture streaming using Panopto: three tips for your sessions

As some of you know, CEL staff run writing bootcamps for PGR students interested in applying for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy through TeachBU. This is part of CEL’s training provision for PhD students who engage in teaching during their doctoral studies, following up from the Introduction to Education Practice course. We run… Read more »

Interested in Learning Analytics?

The effective use of Learning Analytics (LA) has been identified by Jisc as a priority for HEIs and there are many case studies of its successful use. The data from LA can be used at the institution, faculty, department and unit levels to help make informed decisions which can lead to improved student satisfaction, retention… Read more »