Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching

BILT was launched in June 2017 with the aim of inspiring learning and teaching innovation and excellence across the University and beyond. 

Meet the 2021/22 Student Fellows Our new Student Fellows have now joined the team! This year we are looking at five themes and each of the Student Fellows has introduced ...
The following post is from Simon Halliday who started his BILT Associate role on the theme of evaluating of projects. I am an economist who works predominantly in Experimental and ...
Crowdsourcing ideas from large groups of people is a proven technique for encountering new perspectives and generating innovation. Informally, this happens frequently through popular social media accounts. In early October ...
There's no one-size-fits-all approach to running your hybrid sessions due to the vast difference in student numbers, room capabilities and disciplinary differences. However, there are some activities you can do ...
Hello, thanks for reading! My name is Adriel, and I’m thrilled to be researching ‘Decolonizing the curriculum’ with BILT over this academic year! Decolonization, and specifically decolonizing the university has ...
Hello 🙂  I’m Tasha! I am very excited to start this journey at BILT, with the role of “Students as Co-Creators and Researchers”. Currently, I am in the second year ...
¡Hola! I’m Carlos, one of this year's Student Fellows at BILT. I will aim at embedding Sustainable Development in the UoB’s curriculum this year, which is quite a big task.  ...
Hi! My name is Ellen, and I am one of six new Student Fellows this year. I will be focusing on the theme of blended learning and online community, and ...
Hey all, I’m Kai, a Student Fellow working on a project centering the voices and experiences of disabled students. As both a person living at the convergence of disability and ...
The following post is from Alicia Gonzalez-Buelga who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of assessment and feedback. I have been working in the Mechanical Engineering Department at ...
We are pleased to invite you to the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Symposium 2021, which is open to all staff currently engaged in postgraduate research supervision at the University of Bristol, and to those who would ...
Video case study - Dr Jonny Johnston an Academic Developer in the Centre for Academic Practice at Trinity College Dublin presented his case study, 'Implications for academic practice', during the ...
Video case study - The Digital Education Office, present hybrid teaching scenarios during the  ‘Teaching in the hybrid classroom’ workshop. ...
Video case study - Sean Lancastle, School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, presents how Engineering will be approaching hybrid teaching during the 'Teaching in the hybrid classroom' workshop. ...
Video case study - Dr Annika Johnson from the School of Economics, presents her tips and experiences of setting up hybrid teaching in standard rooms. ...
The following post is from Sarah Allsop who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. I am thrilled to join the BILT team of assessment ...
This week's Briefing is short but sweet as we've had a busy week interviewing our new Student Fellows and (trying to...) prepare everyone as much as possible for the introduction ...
The following post is from Jo Kukuczka who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. I joined the Centre for Academic Language and Development (CALD) ...
The following post is from Foluke Adebisi who starter her BILT Associate role on the theme of evaluation of projects. I joined the Law School, at the University of Bristol ...
The following post is from Rabeya Khatoon who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback I am excited to join the BILT Associates to work ...
An introduction to the new academic year from BILT Director, Sarah Davies. As some of our programmes start teaching, and the rest prepare to start in a couple of weeks, ...
The following post is from Bex Pike who started her BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. A friend that I persuaded to speak about her career ...
It's our first Briefing of the academic year! We're so pleased to announce that 22 Associates have joined our team and the second annual student research journal is now available ...
The following post is from Christophe Fricker who started his BILT Associate role on the theme of Assessment and Feedback. My teaching is an ongoing inquiry into the various forms ...
The following post is from Sean Lancastle who started his BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. Hi, I’m Sean and I’ve been the Academic ...
The following post is from Suzanne Collins who started her BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. In 2017 I joined Bristol in what was ...
The following post is from Vijaiya Poopalasingham who started his BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. I am very excited to join the BILT ...
The following post is from Simon Gamble who started his BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. For the past five years I have been ...
The following post is from Sarah Jones who started her BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. I am a social and cultural historian of ...
“Hi My Name is James And for 12 years I designed buildings.” This is how I normally start my lectures, almost regardless of topic. However when I started one of ...
The following post is from Claire Spencer who started her BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. Hello, I’m Claire Spencer and I am the Senior Tutor for Postgraduate students ...
The following post is from Emily Bell who started her BILT Associate role in supporting students transition to University in August 2021. I first joined the university back in 2012 ...
BILT Student Fellow Reflections: Rhona Wilkinson I don’t know how to sum up my experience with BILT in this one blog. I would honestly say that being a part of ...
Our time as Student Fellows has come to an end and I have to say it’s surreal to be writing my sign off post when it feels like only yesterday ...
The conference took place on 14th July 2021 on Zoom and explored how different connections have been established and nurtured, both in-person and online, and how we can take this ...
This blog touches on the move away from examination-based assessments to longer ‘timed’ essays and replicas that it has become necessary to move to this year, and its implications on ...
Podcast - Student Fellow Rhona speaks to Madhu Krishnan, Professor of African, World and Comparative Literatures in the Department of English. ...
After attending a presentation on Students as Partners in Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) by Maynooth University, I’ve been reflecting on the benefits of authentic student partnerships and how ...
keynote speakers Prof. Helen O’Sullivan (DVC and Provost at the University of Chester) and Dave White (Head of Digital Education and Academic Practice at the University of the Arts London). ...
The TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment) project works with programmes at the University to explore how students experience various aspects of their assessment environment, such as the ...
News Final reminder - BILT's 'The Connected Conference' is next week! Our annual virtual conference is taking place next Wednesday from 10am - 4pm and includes keynotes from Dr. Helen ...
This blog builds on BILT’s previous podcast on Preparing students for assessment and the work of my co-Student Fellows, Rhona and Sama, on decolonisation of the curriculum. Last week I ...
Podcast - Student Fellow Rhona talks to Nana Agyare - University of Bristol alumnus, previous Graduate Intern with the Student Inclusion Team and current Global Lounge Assistant with the International ...
Last July, I had the pleasure of presenting at the BILT conference ‘Tales from the digital classroom’1. It was a great event with some fantastic presentations and a broad range ...
Dr Jonathan Floyd’s recent presentation to Education Committee impressed the University’s education enthusiasts so much that a request was passed to me to get in touch and share what he ...
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Bristol Teaching Awards that were shared at the Bristol Teaching Celebration event on the 16th June. Huge congratulations to all our winners and thank you ...
In this podcast BILT Student Fellow Jonny Barnes, interviews students about their favourite formative assessments and how they prepared them for their summative assessments. ...
Podcast - Student Fellows Rhona Wilkinson and Sama Zou’bi talk with Leon Tikly, Professor in Education and UNESCO Chair in Inclusive, Good Quality Education. ...
A personal story of how family philosophy impacts attitudes to higher education. ...
Nigel discusses recent changes to assessments for students and how he prepared students for these new approaches. ...
An interview with Emily describing the use of a face to face and then online CafeBio for students to meet each other and interact. ...
Student Fellow Rhona reflects on her attendance to the recent UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.   ...
Details the Creative Futures open unit which explores futures studies from radically different perspectives: how designers and leaders create visions for the future and how these visions help shape more ...
We recently published a blog by Imogen Andrews, Chair of the Disability Network, on her reflections on the learning experience of students with disabilities. We wanted to follow this up ...
While the pandemic has disproportionately affected students with disabilities, it has also revealed the flaws around accessibility and inclusivity across the higher education sector. ...
We are delighted to invite you to the annual BILT conference! This year's BILT conference will explore how different connections have been established and nurtured, both in-person and online, and ...
This case study shares an approach to 'authentic' learning using an example from a unit I direct for first-year Innovation students at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (the Centre). ...
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How can we invite meaningful feedback from our students? What are creative ways to learn about what students are thinking and feeling? What are student beliefs on their curriculum experiences? ...
In this blog, I share thoughts from Lincoln Wallen, Chief Technical Officer at Improbable. His perspective draws on his career journey, starting out as an academic and then a trailblazing ...
When reading through the Bristol Teaching Award nominations, I was struck by the number of students that mentioned how helpful their lecturers’ use of props had been. Bringing props into ...
Case study discussion regarding Nigel's move to online open book exams. Reflecting on the process, rationale, challenges and impact of this approach. ...
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Francesco Fornetti, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has been shortlisted for the Inspiring and Innovative Teaching Award for the Faculty of Engineering, with multiple ...
News Nominees shortlisted for the #btas2021 Congratulations to all those shortlisted for a Bristol Teaching Award! Competition was fierce this year, with more than 850 staff members being nominated and ...
Meet Kavya Sharma! The Chair of the multi-faith network who has taken several roles throughout her past three years as a Philosophy and Theology student! She discusses her experiences (the ...
Alison shares her experience of helping set up a journal club with her students during lockdown, which led to her being nominated for a Bristol Teaching Award. ...
I'll admit it's not the most exciting blog title in the world, but this post contains information guaranteed to spice up your seminars, get tongues wagging in tutorials and send ...
Robin Shields, a Professor of Education in the School of Education, has been shortlisted for the Inspiring and Innovative Teaching Award in the Faculty of Social Sciences. He shared his ...
Podcast - BILT Student Fellow Rhona Wilkinson talks with Jini Agbu, the President of the AfroLit Society. ...
When you look back at your time in university, what is it you remember most? You have probably merged a lot of the lectures and seminars into a blurry montage ...
James Norman, Associate Professor in Sustainable Design, Department of Civil Engineering. It is 14:16 on Friday afternoon of week 24. The large pile of marking has moved off the horizon ...
News ...And the Bristol Teaching Award nominees are in! We'd like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all staff nominated for a Bristol Teaching Award this year. ...
Student Fellow Rhona reflects on her experience of the recent Festival of Undergraduate Student Research. ...
This case study explores the journey that staff and students have undertaken at the University of Bristol Medical School (BRMS) towards creating a decolonised and diverse medical curriculum, culminating in ...
Meet Anthony, a third year Physics student, who talks about several experiences and engagements- being part of @uobboatclub , president of @cliftonhillhouse , founder of the @chhassociation , and head ...
Hannah Tweddell shares outcomes and discussion areas from April's Engaged Learning event. ...
Meet Patrick, an engineering doctorate student in his 6th year at Bristol, captain and co-founder of the UoB and Southville @talkclubuk , and previous co-editor in chief of @epigrampaper_ ! ...
We are so excited to introduce Jasmine, the current president of @coppafeelbristol , previous president of @thecelluob and member of @manorhalljcr ! She discusses her roles, her course & her ...
News Bristol Teaching Awards - nominate before 4th May, 9am. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share details about the Bristol Teaching Awards with staff and ...
Meet Olivier, the Chair of the Wellbeing network! He talks about studying history in Bristol, his previous role as president of Student Halls JCR, and his involvements this year with ...
Phoebe is a 3rd year Medical Student and a professional rugby player for @bristolbearswomen ! She narrates her rugby journey and speaks about being a medical student during the pandemic. ...
Meet Eddie, a second year studying French, the current Sports Editor of @epigrampaper_ , Vice Team Captain of @official_clifton_crusaders ! He discusses these roles along with his gap year experience ...
News Bristol Teaching Awards (BTAs) 2021 - nominations open Monday! Please share details with staff and students. The Bristol Teaching Awards (BTAs) recognise and celebrate those staff who have made ...
President of @93clubbristol , operations director of @the93percentclub , secretary of @speakupbristol , and final year History student- Alice talks about her roles and student experience! ...
Laith is the President of the @uobarab society, he talks about studying law, being an international student, his experiences with @unitydiversityinlaw @lawyers_without_borders , and the impact of the pandemic on ...
Podcast - Student Fellow Rhona Wilkinson talks with with Lauren Hutfield, a final year Politics and International Relations student. ...
Meet Sanjana, a journalist and English student who is currently the subeditor of the Wellbeing and Travel sections @epigrampaper_ @thecroftmagazine_ , course representative, member of the @bristol_bds committee, and involved ...
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The interview series seeks to recognise and celebrate the amazing work of so many at our University in challenging structural inequality and colonialised imaginations and realities within systems of knowledge. ...
President of @bristolpolsoc, founder of the Bristol Social Sciences Review, member of @ubswpc, and involved with @180dcbristol @thecsrn, Oscar speaks about these experiences and his student journey! ...
Mainga, a second year on her second degree, was a recent contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire! She talks about her experience on the show and studying medicine ...
News Festival of Undergraduate Research - final call for submissions Undergraduate and Postgraduate (taught) students are invited to submit their research for the festival's online showcase and/or the presentation. There ...
Roy, the International Students’ Officer at @bristol_su, discusses his experience as a law student, member of multiple societies, and the features of his current role and its responsibilities (especially during ...
We had some technical difficulties with one of the mics, but that didn't stop this interesting discussion between BILT Student Fellows Chloe and Jonny and TESTA researcher Dr Isabel Hopwood-Stephens, ...
The widening participation agenda remains at the heart of Higher Education provision in the UK, with the main focus being on admitting more students from a wider range of backgrounds ...
TESTA (transforming the experience of students through assessment) aims to improve the quality of student learning through addressing programme-level assessment. ...
News Undergraduate Research Journal - call for abstracts Please share with any relevant students - The BILT Student Research Journal is now calling for abstracts from undergraduate and postgraduate taught ...
Higher education needs to go beyond designing research-informed degrees. By building communities of practice within the student body, universities can help students to experience and build a research skillset that ...
After attending the University of Bristol People’s Assembly, BILT Student Fellow Rhona explores some of the discussions, themes and debates that came up and considers ways that sustainability can be ...
News The Power and Potential of Undergraduate Research Journals As we embark on our second Undergraduate Research Journal, former BILT Student Fellow Emily Kinder reflects on the power and potential ...
Emily Kinder was a BILT Student Fellow in 19/20 working on the theme of Students as Researchers through which she established Bristol's first undergraduate research journal. Back in January, I ...
Isabel Hopwood is Research Associate with BILT, working on the TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment) and Curriculum Enhancement Programmes. She is particularly interested in formative assessment and ...
In order to honour LGBTQ+ History month I thought I would write a blog on how we can make small changes which can make a positive difference for LGBTQ+ students. ...
News BILT Student Research Journal - call for student editors Please share these details with relevant students. The BILT Student Research Journal provides an avenue for BILT to showcase undergraduate ...
News BILT are recruiting - Lecturer (Academic Development) role. Internal applicants only. We are seeking to appoint a fixed-term Lecturer in Learning and Teaching. This role will actively contribute to ...
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This blog reflects on EDI training provided to the BILT Student Fellows, to explore how it connects to BILT's key themes. As the year progresses, the Student Fellows will take ...
Paul talks about getting into teaching but also the development of ChemLabs and other online tools to engage students. ...
News Open call for mentors and assessors for the CREATE HEA Fellowship Scheme We are please to invite expressions of interest from UoB staff to participate in the CREATE HEA ...
Alan talks about his history of teaching and adapting to the pandemic with a focus on assessment. ...
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by Dr Lewis Coyne, Study Skills Tutor for Social Sciences and Law The past 10 months have brought about a minor revolution in the teaching and support offered at higher ...
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No matter the discipline, educators can employ gamified pedagogical perspectives and methodologies to embrace new ways of engaging students, challenging them to apply their learning in unexpected ways. ...
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This week, the CREATE team's Lou Howson reflects on the unexpected pressures of social media study support groups.   I'm watching the number in the little red bubble that hovers over ...
News Happy New Year from BILT! Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all. We hope you were able to take some time for yourselves over the holidays and ...
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This summer, students in Bristol were juggling multiple major responsibilities at once:  managing the pandemic; adjusting to online assessments; and fighting different forms of injustice. The city made global headlines in June after the statue of ...
News Note from Sarah Davies, BILT Director As we approach the end of what has felt like a very long term, I wanted to thank everyone, both teaching and professional ...
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Anatomy and was recently nominated by the University to apply for the Advance HE, National Teaching Fellowship scheme in 2021. Hello, ...
This case study looks at the experience of 50 second year Physical Geographers on the Research Methods unit who went out in teams to work with local park groups looking ...
Universities have been adopting ‘student voice’ mechanisms as a means of enhancing their programmes for some time. In my experience, this has been moderately successful, used to move assessment dates to avoid bunching, or reducing multi-part assessments to singular and vice versa. However, I wouldn’t argue that ...
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There has been a distinctive rise of e-learning over the past couple of months, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. With learning communities being moved online, instructors ...
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In this blog I hope to introduce you to some top tips for building communities within breakout rooms and why these might be useful! ...
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In no other year in the past few decades (at least) has the functioning of different sectors been altered to such a large extent. A completely new university experience has emerged, balancing containment and ...
Professor Tansy Jessop (Pro Vice-Chancellor Education) speaks to Professor Paul Wyatt about a range of blended learning techniques used to keep students engaged. ...
The creation of a free online course on Future Learn ‘Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship’ that will be part of the Bristol Futures portfolio. ...
News Tales of the Digital (and Blended): Small things that make a big difference - discussion workshops. Our staff and student community have learnt an enormous amount about online teaching ...
In mid-November BILT invited 21 students from all faculties and year groups to take part in an online 'Blended Learning Experience' student hackathon. The purpose of the hackathon was to ...
Thinking back to the beginning of my first year in 2017, I remember going to a social mixer with staff and other first year students. Awkward at first, yes, but useful? Undeniably. I met my close friend and future academics who would guide me ...
For the first time, the BILT student Hackathon was delivered entirely digitally. The interactive event provided students with a unique opportunity to feedback on their experience of blended learning and design improvements. It was delivered in a series ...
Last week, I got the chance to take part in BILT’s annual Hackathon, which focused on students’ blended learning experience. For better or worse, this new way of learning is something ...
The BILT Hackathon first involved us splitting into groups and discussing the main challenges that we as students are finding whilst participating in blended learning. Some challenges we discussed did ...
The EAUC, Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges, is an influential leader worldwide on all things sustainability and climate change. I’ve attended several annual EAUC conferences in person and this year online for the first time. It’s always ...
Discussing the redesign of the third-year optional psychology unit on ‘Drug Use and Addiction’ online, where they take the opportunity to completely overhaul the course and update pedagogy. ...
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Addressing and challenging misconceptions around decolonising university curriculums. ...
I began university like many other students, with little knowledge of what research is or the processes behind it. Yet, almost three years later, I graduated having conducted my own ...
Engaged Learning sees students working as part of their curriculum in partnership with external organisation on real world questions. The joint Careers Service/ BILT Engaged Learning Community is a peer ...
We are delighted to announce the appointment of 4 new Student Fellows for 2020/21. The Student Fellows will be working on the themes of building inclusive online communities, assessment and ...
Working with a bunch of new and seasoned authors and publishing a modest-sized edited collection against all odds is indeed an extraordinary experience! After the persistent hard work during the ...
Hello Bristol!   My name is Chloe and I’m one of four fabulous Student Fellows who will be working with BILT over the academic year. Although this will be my fourth year at university, as ...
Hi, I’m Jonny! I will be a BILT Student Fellow alongside studying for my Master’s in Education (Learning, Technology and Society). I am incredibly excited to embark on this experience as I will hopefully be able to apply what I ...
My name is Michelle Jideofor and I am one of the new BILT Student Fellows. Being a third year Civil Engineering student, this may not have been the most obvious role for me ...
Hi all – hoping you are all doing well in such strange times (I am sure you have heard this phrase a lot!)   My name is Rhona, and I am a new BILT ...
News Student Digital Champions Bristol SU and the Digital Education Office are looking for 12 students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to help shape and improve Bristol students' experience of blended learning ...
As the nights draw in and the newspapers give us little to be cheerful about, it can be particularly hard to stay optimistic at this time.  The changes made over the spring ...
News National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) Schemes 2021 – now open! BILT are now accepting expressions of interest (EOIs) for the 2021 NTF and ...
As we approach the start of the main teaching term I wanted to thank everyone across the university for the enormous efforts you’ve put into designing and creating online and ...
News Recruiting Student Fellows We are currently looking to recruit four, part-time (approx 1 day a week) BILT Student Fellows to join the team. This year's projects will focus on: ...
As the new year fast approaches BILT has been busy planning for a jam-packed range of initiatives and events for 20/21. This will include a reprise of our 2018 Student ...
Toby and Emily design a form of assessment - We recently published our first issue of the BILT Undergraduate Research Journal and the fantastic engagement from students got us Student ...
As the new academic year approaches, we are delighted to bring you the first briefing of 20/21. This fortnight's content includes a range of news and resources, including some details ...
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In the spirit of having a bit of fun with digital-only teaching spaces, I propose some ways to lighten the digital experience and take advantage of digital social norms. ...
July's BILT conference 'Tales from the Digital Classroom' had a whole host of amazing talks, sessions and highly entertaining chat, but something I never expected to see at a university ...
This year Bristol University students came on leaps and bounds when it came down to finding innovative ways of steering the wellbeing agenda for struggling students. After reaching out to ...
When I started the role as the authentic learning student fellow, I was a heady combination of huge ideas and had no idea how to do it, or how to ...
Trying to sum up my year at BILT is a tricky one - it definitely feels like a tale of two halves. One full of optimism and endless possibilities, and ...
We’ve reached the end of our stint as Student Fellows at BILT and it’s been quite the rollercoaster. If you’d told me at the start of the academic year that ...
Given its importance, encouraging and facilitating career thinking authentically within the curriculum is the focus of this final post in the series. So what does it look like in practice? ...
Engaged Learning involves students working with an external organisation on a real-world problem, as part of the curriculum. ...
This map has been designed to make it easier for students and staff to find units that include elements of authentic learning. It includes everything from integrated assessment to real-world ...
In April, BILT were meant to take 30 students to Leeds to present their research projects at the British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR). It would have been the first ...
Looking back at this year's blog posts and resources, including posts & podcasts from the BILT Student Fellows, resources from Tales from the Digital Classroom conference and the Employability series ...
Explore this range of film-making resources include film-making guides, a film making log sheet and storyboard template. This resource is suitable for staff and student use. ...
BILT Student Fellow, discussing his experience of alternative (non-exam) assessments and the lessons that can be learned from this. ...
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Forest Gump comparing life to ‘a box of chocolates’ is a great movie moment, but can it really be applied to our experiences of introducing a new University wide quality ...
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015 provide the world with a unified direction. There are seventeen major goals that cover climate change, gender equality, no poverty and the ...
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Opportunities to apply learning to real-world contexts and challenges help to prepare students for life and work beyond university. ...
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You will notice that the briefing is now in a new format and platform. This is because Amy Palmer (Digital Resources Officer) is now on maternity leave. We wish Amy ...
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Here are the past briefings starting from 2018, including holiday specials, that were hosted on Blackboard before we moved to publishing them on the blog, enjoy! ...
Asking the right questions gets the best data. ...
While for some students reflecting on their skills and thinking ahead will come naturally, others need more help and encouragement. Students recognising their employability will in turn enable them to ...
In our first blog post in this Employability in the Curriculum series., we introduced you to the concept of employability in the curriculum and why it especially matters now. If ...
Employability in the Curriculum series. Many of us in the Careers Service have been participating in BILT’s fantastic Digital Design course over the past few weeks – and we’ve been ...
Video case study exploring how to transform practical activities for an online learning environment. ...
As universities continue to be affected by the Covid-19 situation, colleagues are asked to redesign the curriculum for online and blended learning, as well as continue other academic duties remotely. ...
The story of health and wellbeing inequity swiftly entered the conversation with the COVID-19 outbreak and the Black Lives Matter movement. Whilst recent government reports have shown that the BME ...
A few months ago, I wrote a blogpost on urban spaces and the concept of the civic university. This topic is now reconsidered in the context a pandemic-affected world and ...
I would like to invite you to submit a chapter proposal for the co-edited book titled ‘Learning in lockdown: Innovative teaching and academic support in higher education during COVID-19 crisis’. ...
BILT Student Fellow Jonny Barnes, interviews Veterinary student Ellie Best about her experiences of research-based assessments. ...
BILT Student Fellow Jonny Barnes, interviews Alexia Kirov (MA Medieval Studies) about her experiences of research-based assessments. ...
When I heard the Science of Happiness course was being made available, I was immediately curious. Not only did Bruce Hood’s course offering provide the prospect of doing something to cheer me up during lockdown, but because I’ve spent ...
Video interview discussing inclusivity within Steve's practice in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. ...
Rafael discusses how to start designing for inclusive practice. ...
Video interview discussing inclusivity within Fabienne's practice ...
A collection of ‘recipes’ to try with your students to introduce more active learning activities into your sessions. With a specific focus on digital engagement, this book is a must-have ...
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Between the 18th and 21st of May, the fifth annual Sustainability in Higher Education Conference took place, jointly hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University and Plymouth University.   The Paradox Model  ...
Video interview discussing decolonisation with Alvin Birdi Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Education Innovation and Enhancement) More content can be found on the BILT video site ...
Hazel McShane is a final year Physics and Innovation student and co-founder of SATIS, the female urinal. We caught up over Zoom on an outrageously sunny day to talk about ...
Video case study exploring exam strategy sessions for final year students. ...
We've established a network of Digital Champions to support you in the transition to blended education. There are Digital Champions in each school and can support you: By contributing their ...
In these ‘unprecedented times’ (yes, I said it) one thing at least is certain...like it or loath it, online teaching is here to stay. This ‘new normal’ requires us as ...
As lockdown continues, most of us will by now have had some experience with Zoom or Skype, whether it’s an online tutorial or seminar, an overly complex ‘pub’ quiz, or ...
The theme of this year’s mental health awareness week is kindness. How can we be kinder to ourselves, our failures, and those of others? In keeping with this year’s mental ...
Video interview with Kelly and Gemma discussing personal tutoring and how to do this online. ...
The aim of this online course is to provide you with the digital design skills and knowledge to plan learning, assessment, units and programmes for flexible delivery next year. In ...
Video case study exploring ways to teach technical and mathematical material online. ...
Video case study outlining how remote flexible learning has been delivered on the MSc Public Health programme during the COVID-19 pandemic ...
In this video case study Tom Hill outlines some of the benefits of teaching students online including the ability to engage students using interactive polling. ...
Video case study on how research-led teaching can be delivered online. ...
This short video case study provides guidance on moving practical/lab based sessions online ...
Video case study outlining some of the challenges of teaching computer practicals online and the implications this has for student learning experiences. ...
It’s getting to that time of year where students usually inhabit the library every day, furiously typing away at their dissertations. But how do you go about writing your diss ...
Amid COVID-19, many of my peers and I were forced to come to terms with the fact that we would not see cherished friends, colleagues, and tutors for an indefinite ...
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Adding game design and mechanics to your online content can make it more engaging, motivational and enjoyable. Online educational content is competing with social and entertainment content, and so now ...
Isobel Hirst is a third year Biochemistry student who completed her year in industry last year. She is one of the students who was selected to represent Bristol University at ...
This AdvanceHE webinar was chaired by Patrick Baughan with presenters David Carless, Jess Moody and Jess Stokes discussing different aspects. The format of the webinar was that each presenter gave ...
 “The value of authentic activity is not constrained to learning in real-life locations and practice, but that the benefits of authentic activity can be realized through careful design of Web-based ...
It’s going to be an odd Easter break this year, with egg hunts limited to back gardens (if you’re lucky enough to have one!) and with the looming transition to ...
Having spent many hours in quarantine fighting enemies in online games, I sat down at my computer last Wednesday to do battle with my greatest nemesis - Adobe graphic design ...
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Chinese higher education institutions are ahead of the rest of the world in adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic, testing new approaches and technologies to identify the best ways to help ...
Bristol is fortunate enough to have a large population of international students, many of whom come from mainland China. Given the new form of online teaching, this presents some significant ...
The public outreach conference was conceived in late December 2019 and was envisioned as the launch for an annual series of conferences celebrating Wellbeing research and practice across Bristol. Our ...
1. Start with an activity. Engage students from the beginning by asking them to write a question they’d like to be answered during the session, drawing a picture of their ...
This might not seem like a time of opportunity. Everything is cancelled or postponed, and it seems like our worlds are shrinking (both metaphorically, and physically - something I’m acutely ...
The Study Skills team have created this online course for students on 'Learning Independently'. There are lots of resources available on the Study Skills site for you to use. Bristol ...
Let me start by being frank, sustaining motivation to complete University assignments amid a pandemic is obviously a trying situation. It is only human to initially feel unsettled, stressed, and ...
From Thursday 19th March Professor Tansy Jessop, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education, will host a short “daily digital” on a range of themes relating to online learning and teaching. Tansy will be ...
The walls of Hermes' office were covered in beautiful art - which we later found out had been painted by his dad. It was a lovely space to be in ...
I met Andy in his office in the Life Sciences Building, and enjoyed a panoramic view of the ASS Library, talking about Best of Bristol, recognising that things don't always ...
James details ways of giving feedback in an authentic context - I have been dwelling on the idea of Authentic Learning for a very long time now, probably as far ...
In Autumn 2019, Professor Lee Marshall from SPAIS was awarded a BILT Teaching Innovation Grant to organise mindfulness lessons for 1st year Sociology students. Why did you set up this ...
As February storms raged across an already embattled Britain (weather-wise and politically), Michael and I took refuge in the Multifaith Chaplaincy to contemplate why hope might still be possible for us. After ...
Keir and I met in a design studio in the Centre for Innovation. Throughout the interview, staff and students alike would come in to fetch or print things and everyone ...
Last week we hosted the third of our Digital Accessibility events, this time with Dafydd Henke-Reed, Senior Accessibility Consultant with AbilityNet. Dafydd has been diagnosed with Autism and Dyslexia and ...
I am a student with considerable climate anxiety. I worry constantly about how my own actions could possibly lead to the demise of human society and am often left apoplectic ...
University of Bristol students have come together to host a free wellbeing conference open to students, staff and members of the public. ...
Dr Rose Murray is an Associate Director of Learning and Teaching and a Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences. We sat down in Rose's office in the Life Sciences ...
(feature image is from the cover of Jamie's book 'Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights', illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight ) After winding our ...
Inspired by her work as an occupational therapist, Eithne Hunt, a lecturer at University College Cork, has developed an eight-week programme for first year students transitioning to University. She joined ...
Billie Gavurin is in her third year of studying for a PhD in English and History. Billie is on a Teaching Scholarship and has been at Bristol since her undergraduate degree in English and Classics. I ...
Last week I attended an ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ training course. I had minor concerns about whether I would be able to use the defibrillator correctly (nailed it) and ...
Explanation of the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) initiative to supplement taught sessions with student led active learning sessions. ...
Hussain Abass is a third-year aerospace engineering student and president of the Islamic Society (or ISoc). We met in the bustling SU Living Room for a poignant discussion on his ...
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A few weeks ago I was asked to give a 5 minute presentation on ‘The Office’. I have re-recorded here. Whether you are new to The Office or have followed ...
'And that's a wrap...' “I'm just sitting here, I ain't saying much I just think And my eyes don't move left or right they just blink” I thought I’d start ...
Blog series 'The Office' - find out how James Norman created his own 'company', complete with its own office space in order to teach his Timber Engineering unit. Students worked ...
Work-Life Balance So this is the penultimate episode of The Office! As we draw towards the seasons finale I want to examine a hot topic – work/life balance. And I ...
After enjoying lunch at the Multifaith Chapliancy with fellow students, a recent feature on the Humans of Bristol University series, I entered into ‘Faith Conversations: Well-being and the University’ with ...
BILT Student Fellow Emily spoke at the University Education Committee last week. Here, she reflects on the discussion about research-informed teaching and what can be done to improve students' interaction ...
Spotlight on 'Voicing Vulnerability' It's lunchtime on Woodland Road. The autumn skylight floods in through the bay window at the Multifaith Chaplaincy. The meeting space is bustling with a few ...
Have you ever attended an event and just thought ‘I wish more people were here to hear this’? That is exactly how I felt all afternoon whilst attending the second ...
Examples of how the Clinical skills lab at Langford utilies 'Authentic, problem based learning. ...
Emerging Engineers So before we go any further, a serious health warning, if you are the sort of person who feels the need to reach for the sick bucket whenever ...
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Brief outline of the use of a clinical skills lab as an active learning space. ...
Spotlight on 'Supporting Risk' Elsie Aluko is a second year Physics student, and founder of the AfroLit society. We meet to grab a coffee at the Hawthorn's Café and are ...
Amy Palmer, Toby Roberts and Marnie Woodmeade all visited James Norman's 'The Office' project and have shared their experiences below. Amy's reflection: I’d been looking forward to visiting James’ ‘Just ...
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'A reading week special’ Depending on when you are reading this it is either reading week, or it is the Friday before reading week. Either way happy reading week*. Now ...
For some students, their teaching assistants are the biggest source of contact time at University. They co-run our labs, co-deliver field schools, lead reading groups and deliver workshops. We depend ...
Discussion with examples of how to embed interdisciplinary teaching into the curriculum. ...
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Spotlight on ‘Voicing Vulnerabilities’ Dave Jarman is a Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the multi-award-winning Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dave greets me at the Centre which sits high on the Clifton ...
One of BILT’s priorities is supporting research-informed teaching and evidence-based practice at Bristol. A key way we do this is by recognising or providing small levels of funding to individuals ...
'Funding' This week in my blog I would like to talk about funding. How have I funded my office project? Now, before we go any further, I would like to ...
A Teaching Innovation Grant was awarded to Dr Helen Heath for the academic year 2018/19 I should say that I’m talking about coursework in the sort of subjects that are ...
Introduction and ideas on how to use Experiential Learning as a teaching and learning approach. ...
'All kinds of feedback' A few months ago, I was sat in a conference when I got an email from one of the heads of department asking me if I ...
Podcast with guests Alvin Birdi and Christian Spielmann from the School of Economics exploring the use of podcasts as a teaching tool. ...
Outline of the use of 'Maths Cafes' as an informal opportunity for students to seek peer support on academic work, to supplement delivered sessions. ...
Getting my summer exam results was a fairly mundane affair. I was standing on a pigeon poo splattered balcony on the roof of the Berkeley Square building, waving my phone ...
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Authentic Learning So, this week I want to talk about Authentic Learning. Hopefully you had a chance to look at the paper I mentioned by Marilyn M. Lombardi on ‘Authentic ...
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'Space... ' At some point in Spring 2018 I went for an interview to be a BILT Fellow in Assessment and Feedback. All went well and I was offered a ...
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The University of Bristol has pledged to make the city a better place1. Our research institutes are leading the charge to action this2, but how can we connect our research ...
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We've researched the best ways to engage your class with assessment, reduce (or maintain) your workload and ensure 'deep' learning takes place when assessing in large groups. ...
empty wooden seats in a large lecture theatre
We’ve researched the best ways to engage your class with assessment, reduce (or maintain) your workload and ensure ‘deep’ learning takes place when assessing in large groups. ...
What the flip is flipped teaching? I love lecturing. It’s awesome. I get that nervous excitement beforehand, like an actor or musician about to perform – it fires up my ...
Dear reader, My name is Marnie Woodmeade, I am a fresh-faced Student Fellow working on the ‘challenge-led, authentic learning’ project. The reason I took on this project is fairly simple: ...
The Office opens for business (learning) Last Thursday evening as I sat on the train heading home I reflected on my day. It had been a variety of things, exhausting, ...
Hi, I’m Emily Kinder. I did my undergrad degree at Bristol but just couldn’t stay away, and now I’m back to do an MPhil in English and to work as ...
Hi, I’m Toby Roberts, and I’ll be working as a BILT Student Fellow alongside my final year as a Biology undergrad in Bristol. The project I’ll be working on is ...
Hiya kind readers, Owen here. I am in my final year of study on the Master of Liberal Arts degree programme majoring in Philosophy and minoring in History. I recently ...
Discussion regarding how to utilise a Problem-Based Approach to teaching ...
Ideas on how to embed failure as a means of learning. ...
For the last year I have been on a BILT fellowship looking into learning space. I have travelled far and wide to see different teaching spaces, I have read numerous ...
The following post was written by Dr. Isabel Hopwood-Stephens, a TESTA Researcher. As one of the TESTA researchers attached to BILT, I’m going to be involved in collecting and analysing ...
Some of the BILT team have shared their first experiences of university and offered some advice to all our new Freshers. What was your first impression of university? Share with ...
During our smooth, buffer-free Skype call, Senior Lecturer in Design Thinking Ann Padley and I chatted about the fresh take the Innovation course at Bristol has undertaken. The 4-year integrated ...
Sam Hitchmough, Director of Teaching and Senior Lecturer in American Indian History Historians of any field constantly grapple with a thorny mass of official histories and unofficial/vernacular histories, histories that ...
With the new focus on curriculum development, BILT has expanded its team! Firstly, we have two new members of the core team. Amy Wilson has now been made permanent BILT ...
Welcome to a new academic year! BILT are expanding our activities this year, while building on key areas of existing work. We’re hard at work planning how we continue to ...
We've pulled together all the blogs that we've published and organised them into five categories: teaching practices; event summaries; musings; interviews; musings and introduction. Teaching PracticesEvent ReflectionsInterviewsMusingsIntroductions Teaching Pratices Five ...
We sent round bookmarks to academic staff outlining five new things they could try in their teaching - this post includes more detail about those things and where you can ...
Yesterday, after an excruciating three-week wait, it was the Education Services Charity Bake Off Final. I had made it through to the final after winning my heat (cheese and rosemary ...
The following post was written by Alison Blaxter, a BILT Associate and Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Vet School. It’s August and bright sunshine but time for reviewing my teaching ...
Throughout the year, Student Fellows led a variety of events through 4 Projects on Assessment, Big Data, Study Spaces and Student Engagement. Phoebe Graham and Corrie Macleod led 'Empowering Students ...
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Brief outline and introduction to Team-based learning. ...
With their graduation on the horizon, BILT Student Fellows Corrie Macleod and Phoebe Graham reflect on their collaborative project, centred on empowering students to impact their learning and teaching at ...
Lizzie Blundell is about to graduate with a first-class degree in Liberal Arts. Bathed in the blossoming summertime sunshine, Lizzie and her daughter, Maria, joined me on Brandon Hill to ...
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Brief outline of strategic approaches to help student learning. ...
Resources and reflections on the ABC Learning Design approach. ...
Outline of the ABC Learning Design approach to Curriculum Planning. ...
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion or EDI for short seems to be at the top of every University list of things to be incorporating into their charter and rightly so with ...
Rumour had it that both the teaching and assessment on the third-year English Literature Celebrity Cultures module was pushing boundaries to introduce students to new ways of thinking. Intrigued, I ...
Blog post introducing ideas to ensure assessment is inclusive. ...
The student hackathon continued last week, looking at the theme ‘Balancing wellbeing, freedom, independence and success’, with students exploring concepts of cohort identity, attendance and engagement at lectures and the ...
Lisa Howarth is a BILT Student Fellow, working on the theme ‘Making the Most of our Teaching Spaces’ at the University of Bristol. As she comes to the end of ...
The following post was written by James Norman, a BILT Fellow and Programme Director for Civil Engineering. About a year or so ago I was invited to give a very ...
The 2019 Bristol Teaching Awards took place on Wednesday 12th June, with colleagues from across the institution coming together to celebrate the inspiring teaching that takes place at the University. ...
Alan is a highly distinguished scholar, currently working as Professor of Child Health in Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol. Alan has worked on many high-profile studies, including ...
This week saw the start of our student hackathon, kicking off with two days of training and practice in digital storytelling, leading up to a showcase of the students’ own ...
Learning about the geometry and kinematics of bodies and their trajectories through space (or ‘astrodynamics’) is challenging due to its three-dimensional nature. To address this, the University of Bristol have ...
Walker (4th Year Civil Engineering) and Patrick (3rd Year Biology) met in Clifton Hill House back in their first year. They remained close friends ever since. I caught up with ...
Surely a 2:1 by any other name would be as sweet? Numerical grading of assessments is something that has bothered me for a long time. I’ve had many conversations with ...
The following post was written by Fabienne Vailes, Language Director for French at the University of Bristol, holder of a University Teaching Fellowship, BILT Associate and author of 'The Flourishing ...
In the crisp sunshine of a Saturday morning, I walked to Whiteladies BTP to have a coffee with John Gilbert, fifth year medical student and former Faculty Rep for Health ...
“I tell them about where I live and why I live there. I tell them why I teach.  And I explain to them that when we combine our values with ...
James Norman is a Lecturer in Civil Engineering and an Academic Fellow for BILT. I caught up with James on the 10th of May to talk about his path into ...
Bruce Macfarlane is Head of the School of Education and author of 'Freedom to Learn at University'. He delivered a BILT Education Excellence Seminar in May 2019 that can be ...
The following post was written by James Norman, a BILT Fellow and Programme Director for Civil Engineering. Every year I give a lecture on the Civil Engineering unit ‘Engineering For ...
Blog post detailing the development of a picture card game "Histo-link" to solidify knowledge about histology ...
The following post was written by Ash Tierney, a Research Associate and Project Manager for Bristol Futures. Ash has been a BILT Associate since May 2019. I’ve been working in ...
Overview of discussions of examples of game based approaches to teaching. ...
The following post was written by James Norman, a BILT Fellow and programme director for Civil Engineering. Today I continue my physical journey into the research of space as I ...
View our photos below from the BILT Pedagogical Pub Quiz, Friday 3rd May at the White Rabbit. ...
The following post was written by Amy Palmer, BILT Digital Resources Officer. Since the launch of BILT in 2017, the implementation of programme-level assessment across the University has been a ...
The following post was written by Johannes Schmiedecker, a BILT Student Fellow. In early April, the BILT Student Fellows conducted various workshops at the Bristol SU Education Network. Below are ...
Check out this snippet of conversation our Student Fellow Zoe Backhouse recorded with a fellow fourth year Liberal Arts student on the topic of assessment.  Want to know why Europe’s ...