Digi Know: Using Adaptive Release on Test results to restrict access to material based on results


Did you know that you can release content on Blackboard dependent on matching criteria. For example, you may wish to only allow access to next weeks PowerPoint to students who have reached a certain percentage in a weekly test or give extra feedback to those students struggling with a particular subject.


Create and setup tests/assignments and upload material as normal.

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On the link for the material (PowerPoint / PDF/ etc or Folder ) select the grey arrow next to the title -a drop-down menu will appear.

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Select Adaptive Release from the drop-down menu.

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Scroll down the page until you see the GRADE section.

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Where it says “Select a Grade Centre column” select the test/assessment name in the corresponding drop down box.

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Where it says “Select Condition” select a criteria that when matched will reveal the content to the student. When ready click on submit.

You will now see Enabled: Adaptive Release under the title

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You can add multiple criteria via selecting “Adaptive Release: Advanced” from the drop-down menu. For information on how to do this contact TEL on x1865

Digi Know: How to Be a Digital Scholar

The world of research is growing bigger, faster, thanks largely to innovations in technology. At Derby our academics are using learning technologies in the classroom to teach in more dynamic ways, from in-class polling and quizzes to producing video case studies and creating virtual reality work environments. Resources such as Online Reading Lists and Box of Broadcasts are making it possible to compile content in a way that is responsive to our ever-changing and fast developing news cycles. We can use Open Access repositories to find research more readily publications and data that may have previously been unavailable to us or outside of our library subscriptions. Social Media is being used inside and outside the classroom to communicate and inform debates, and ever-evolving literature databases are making it easier for the online student or academic to find and manage their academic references.

The Digital Derby project is shining a spotlight on all of this good practice at Derby, and revealing ways in which staff can develop their  own digital capabilities across six identified elements


Credit: JISC Digital Capabilities Framework https://digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/wp/

Where does this leave the researcher? A couple of months ago I blogged about ORCiD, a tool to aid the academic researcher who publishes and wants to be identifiable and discoverable online. Since then I have been reading up more on the broader term of Digital Scholarship (one of the six elements pictured above) and produced a short presentation on what it is and how some of the professional services at Derby can support the academic researcher who wants to become more equipped, digitally. See the video below –


Don’t take it from me, I’m a humble Learning Technology Advisor / Librarian! If you’re interested in finding out more about being a Digital Academic, read this blog post from academic Jenny Delaselle.


Forced Marriage Video Resource

The TEL Media team recently worked with the College of Education and the charity Karma Nirvana to produce a video about Forced Marriage. The video informs and educates about the issues raised and give awareness to the signs to spot in young people who might become a victim of this crime.

Forced Marriages where one or both parties is married without their consent and are illegal in the UK but still pose a massive threat to thousands of individuals. This video talks to survivors of both forced marriages and honour-based abuse; a violent crime committed to defend the honour of the family/community, South Wales protection unit and Jasvinder Sanghera the CEO of Karma Nirvana.

Karma Nirvana is holding their second annual Day of Memory on the 14th July 2016 to honour the memory of those whose lives were tragically taken in abuse related to honour and/or forced marriages. #weremember

To find out more please go to http://www.derby.ac.uk/education/ or for Karma Nirvana http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/

Digital Challenges, New Tech & the Space In-between: Thoughts on JISC Connect More

This week, a few of the TEL team attended the final event of the JISC Connect More series at Nottingham University. The day provided opportunities to connect with peers, share practice and explore new ways to teach and learn using digital technology.

Barriers, Challenges and Aspirations

The first presentation, led by Rachel Challen from Loughborough College, was on the barriers, challenges and aspirations that we face in the field of Learning Technology. Tying together institutional strategies and processes to work effectively within the changing digital landscape requires a lot of people and systems to work together, and it’s a tough job.

This theme continued throughout the day and it was encouraging (I think) to see that we’re all in the same boat – How can we engage with everyone in our institutions to think differently (and cohesively) about Technology Enhanced Learning and digital capabilities? It’s clearly a difficult challenge, and one of the things that’s great about events like this is that we can share the different ways, however successful, that we are trying to solve it. I got the sense that we’re all trying to move away from the perception of Learning Technologists as ‘point and click’ presenters, and embed ourselves much more within the academic community as specialists. Personally I think it’s a great thing, offering better value to the staff and students we work with in a collegial environment.

New Tech!

We also got the chance to try out some new technologies like the HTC Vive and Nao, a programmable robot. The HTC Vive was particularly interesting given the work I’ve already done with virtual reality in the last year. This was the first chance I’d had to use handheld trackers and they enabled me to create something in a 3D space – I was virtually painting, using TiltBrush by Google.

Instead of just having a flat canvas to draw on, I could now interact in all directions – forwards, backwards, up, down and everything in-between. If I drew a three dimensional shape, I could get inside it. I was able to experience the digital world as an actual space in which I could interact and move around, not confined or separated by a twRob VRo dimensional screen. There was a sense I was taking ownership of my own personal virtual space.

And this week, as I’ve watched Pokémon inhabit a shared digital space in the world, I’ve wondered if the convergence of technologies like VR and AR will allow us all to create our own personal digital spaces – They probably will and that’ll provide us with lots of exciting opportunities for creating new digital learning environments.

The Gap In-between

It was interesting to experience new technologies that are heading towards the classroom and at the same time hear how colleagues are meeting the current challenges of embedding digital capabilities within education. There’s clearly a gap in the middle that a lot of us sit in, connecting the dots between ever newer technologies and their educational application. It’ll be fascinating to see what an event like JISC Connect More looks like in 10 years. Over to you Nao…

Digi Know: Panopto help materials and case studies

Following on from a successful regional conference held here at University of Derby, we thought it would be useful to remind you all that we have a comprehensive web page on Panopto – http://www.derby.ac.uk/record This page contains help guides and case studies.

If you would like further advice and guidance, please contact the TEL team via mailto:tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865


Digi Know: Learning & Teaching Conference Special!

At the University of Derby, Learning and Teaching Conference on the 4th July, Lawrie Phipps from JISC delivered the second keynote presentation. The theme of the conference was “What does the future hold” and Lawrie’s presentation was called “Perspectives on Digital: Change isn’t coming, it’s here and it’s permanent”. His presentation largely focused on the JISC Digital Capability Project; Learning Enhancement have been work on embedding the principles within the university through the Digital Derby project. If you would Iike to find out more about the project or how to improve your digital skills, please contact the TEL team – tel@derby.ac.uk or on ext 1865.

Lawrie also asked the audience about their skills in using Microsoft Word, and their knowledge of styles. To find out more about Styles in Word, please our Help Guide or a more comprehensive training document from IT Services

Appy Monday – Snapchat

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text and drawings but only for a brief amounts of time.

What can it do?

  • Send videos and pictures for free
  • Add a ‘Story’ – a 24 hour collection of your photos and videos which you can broadcast to the world, or just your followers.
  • Allows you to live video or audio chat with friends
  • Access pages such as BuzzFeed, National Geographic and Sky News (along with many more)

Download it now

Download it from the App Store or  Google Play Store on your device

How could it be used for learning and teaching?

  • Engage students through a Snapchat Q&A
  • A 24 story which can act as a reminder to students for deadlines
  • Bitesize lessons and tips
  • Sharing ideas in an easy way to communicate

Short Task:

  • Download Snapchat
  • Sign up and make an account
  • Take a picture and try swiping through filters to add the time
  • Share it to your story

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Snapchat within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

What’s Hot on BoB: Wild China – The Tibetan Plateau

This week’s What’s Hot on BoB, Wild China, looks at the array of creatures that live in China’s landscapes. The Tibetan plateau is one of the world’s most remote places, but is home to yaks, foxes and bears.


About BoB

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) lets you record any TV and radio programme from over 60 UK and international channels. Clips can be embedded directly into Course Resources or shared with a link. All staff and students have access to BoB at: www.bobnational.net. Visit www.derby.ac.uk/bob for guides and information.

Using BoB is easy. Find out how to find, record and embed a TV or radio show into Course Resources in five minutes.

Digi Know: Task Switcher (Alt and Tab)

 Do you ever need to get onto a different screen when teaching on a PowerPoint? You may find this windows tool very handy when trying to smoothly navigate from one screen to the next. This shortcut allows you to switch between windows without using the mouse or exiting the PowerPoint on your screen.

  ppt                                      – PowerPoint Presentation


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-Hold down the alt key and then press the tab key and then a menu like this should appear on the screen.



 -If you then proceed to push the tab key, it flicks through the menu. When you let go of the alt key, the option highlighted will appear on screen, without you using the mouse or exiting PowerPoint!

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