Digi Know – Reducing cheating during on online Blackboard test.


The University has a license to use the Respondus Secure Browser. This is a specialised web browser that will “close down” all other applications and Windows services like the “Start button”. This will therefore provide a secure environment for undertaking Blackboard Tests as students are unable to access unauthorised material during an exam such as instant messenger programs, files and web pages to name but a few.

For those of you reading who have used in in the past and had issues with it, we now have version 2. This is a much improved version and with a more carefully managed deployment we belive that your experience will be greatly enhanced.

Setting up a test to use the secure browser is a straight forward process and does not require any specialised help form TEL. Simply create and deploy your test in the normal way and then follow the simple instructions below.

  • Log into Course Resources and select the relevant module.
  • On the left hand menu under Module Management select Module Tools


  • On the resulting menu select Respondus LockDown Browser


  • Locate the desired test and select the xx button before the test name.


  • Select Modify Settings from the resulting menu


  • The LockDown Browser Settings will appear under the test name.


  • Select “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam”



  • If you want to set a password, you can do so here as well.


  • Click on the ‘+’ to view the Advanced Settings



  • If you wish to set the test so that students cannot leave until they have submitted the test, select the option “Lock students into the browser until exam is completed”
  • If you have students who require assistive technology then select “Allow specific students to access this exam with screen readers (e.g. JAWS, Window-Eyes)”. You will then be required to enter their usernames.
  • If you wish to allow access to an on-screen calculator then select “Enable Calculator on the toolbar”

Warning: To preserve the settings used by LockDown Browser, do NOT modify these settings in Test Options: 1) Name 2) Open Test in a New Window, 3) Require a password, 4) Password. If these settings have been modified the test status will appear as an “Error.”

Testing / Student Access

The PC labs will have the Lockdown browser already installed so ultimately these will be the best place to test. If you are unable to do this then you can install it on your desktop. You can install this from Run Advertised Programs from the Control Panel. Contact IT services for assistance. Once installed followed the instructions below.

  • Double Click the Secure Browser icon on the desktop


  • Select “Course Resources” from the drop down list that appears.
  • Login to Course Resources/Blackboard as normal
  • The Secure Browser will now “take over” the PC and prevent anything else running except access to course resources
  • Continue to access Course Resources as normal.
  • Access the test in the normal way. You will notice that once the test is started, if you try and access anything other than Course Resources it will not work

If you or your students try and access the test in a normal browser, an error message informing users that the test must be done in the secure browser will appear.

Digi Know: Provisional Grades & Feedback tool

Course Resources now has the Provisional Tools and Feedback tool enabled. Please see the video below for a brief overview. The tool currently exists in the module navigation, but is hidden until enabled by a tutor.


For more information and guidance, please view our help guides or contact the tel@derby.ac.uk

DigiKnow – Making interactive video quizzes

Video Quiz is a feature which enables you to create a simple multiple choice quiz which overlays a video. This means viewers are presented with a question while watching the video, without having to navigate to a different screen. The results of the quiz are collated and available to the quiz creator.

This feature is available to any video uploaded into My Media within Course Resources. Setting up a Video Quiz is straightforward and can be useful for quick snapshots of viewers’ understanding of a section of video they have just watched.

Download the instructions here.

Try a quiz now.


Digi Know: You can make your old Flash animation fit for the future

Flash animation and interaction were used heavily in educational during the 00’s but with the proliferation of mobile devices and modern browsers dropping support for flash due to security flaws, Flash .swf files are becoming obsolete.

If you have old Flash .swf files and you want to continue using them, you can by converting them to videos. Unfortunately Flash interaction will lose their interactivity, However if appropriate you can demonstrate interaction by clicking on the interaction during the recording and also you can add a voice over to explain what is happening and what you are doing. Doing this will once again make you interaction available on all modern browsers and for the first time viewable on mobile devices.

There are a number of option for recording your Flash interactions.

Camtasia, Panopto and Kalture CaptureSpaceLite are all supported by the University.

Camtasia is available to use in the Video Booth in B114 and can be booked by emailing tel@derby.ac.uk or calling 01332 591249. Camtasia will capture the flash window, any interaction audio from your Flash .SWF file and a voice over, but you will need to upload the output video file to the internet for students to access it. Camtasia also provides a comprehensive set of video editing tools.

Panopto can be used. This is available in all teaching spaces and can be downloaded onto work and home PCs. Panopto automatically upload your video so you can access it through blackboard and it will record the interaction audio and a voice over. However Panopto will only record the whole screen so if your interaction is small it will look lost in the middle of the screen. Panopto does have basic editing tools. For instruction on how to use Panopto go to http://www.derby.ac.uk/about/learning-enhancement/learning-teaching/technology-media/lecture-recording/ or the Panopto module on blackboard https://courseresources.derby.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_1850222_1&course_id=_47260_1

CaptureSpaceLite is available to down load through Blackboard media gallery onto any PC. Kalture CaptureSpaceLite will capture the flash video window and a voice over but not any audio from your Flash interaction. Once you have edited it with the basic editing tools it will upload your video straight to your My Media folder in blackboard . For instruction on how to use CaptureSpaceLite Click CaptureCpace lite install record and share on courseresources.pfd.

N.B. Always make sure you have copyright clearance to reuse the flash content before you make the video.

Using iPhones with athletic video analysis software

Video analysis of movement in sports helps practitioners to study and improve their performance. Sports students at Derby University use Quintic video analysis software to record activity and analyse their movement.

The system required the use of an expensive specialist video camera hooked up to the computer in order to capture the video.


The specialist infrared camera


The iPhone which replaces the camera

The department only has two cameras for this which meant that only limited activity could be captured per session. Recently Quintic released a new version which accepts video from iPhones.


The iPhone in action

This means that staff and students are no longer constrained by available equipment resources and can use their own phones to capture and analyse their activity. Students are now able to capture their activity in or out of class time, and inside or outside the gym, and use the software to do analysis.

Aislin O’Kelly , master’s student in Sport and Exercise, said “I would say that not only does the use of iPhones make the set up process far less time consuming, it also makes Quintic more accessible for everyone – particularly those that may not be as familiar with using it. Seeing as most people own an iPhone, it really is a case of plug-in and go.”



Digi Know: University of Derby Wifi

Wifi logoDo you know, what Wifi network to connect to at the University of Derby? The information below, should help you to choose,

  • UniFi – Network for students to log onto, requires re-connection every 3 hours. Login be using standard UN and PW.
  • UniStaff – Network for staff to connect to. A security key needed for this (please speak to IT Services)
  • Eduroam – Wireless network for staff and students which is the preferred option over the other two. Logon using {username}@derby.ac.uk and standard password (this is not updated if password is change so will need to do it manually)
  • _The Cloud – is a 3rd party WiFi network that allows users 3 hours free access before a charge is levied.

Digi Know: Changes to the Turnitin App

Turnitin App LogoDigi Know: Changes to the Turnitin App

Turnitin have rebranded their App, it is now called Turnitin Feedback Studio. You will need to make a a few changes to your app, before you can sync it with current assignment submissions in Course Resources.

To do this:

  • On an iPad go to Settings.
  • Then scroll down and choose “Turnitin” (appears on the left at the bottom of the list).
  • Then choose “Service” (on the right).
  • Then tick the “Feedback Studio UK” option.
  • You should now be able to enter the code from Course Resources.

For further advice and guidance please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team via tel@derby.ac.uk

Digi Know: Office 365 has a new application: Yammer


Social media and networking is a big priority in most people’s lives in modern society. This is clear to see with everyone being logged in online, posting tweets, sharing photos and generally being connected all the time. It has never been easier to get in touch with someone.

This is why the University of Derby’s Office 365 Suites new application is excellent for students and lecturers to stay in touch and connected. This app is called Yammer and is a private, social and collaborative network. It makes it easier for students to work together in teams and to stay up to date on what others are working on. Think of Yammer as Facebook but for university related work.

Yammer has an easy to use interface with lots of different functionality to make the learning experience, while you are at the University of Derby, a pleasant and fulfilling one.  Functionality includes: instant messaging (making it easy to keep in touch with friends, colleagues and lecturers), group creation (you can either make private or public groups which can be used as a closed group if working on projects or an open group for things such as deadline notifications etc.), notification box (these notifications, when enabled, will also pop up in the bottom of your screen so you never miss out on important information again), and lots of other useful functionality that is designed to make the learning process quicker and easier.

Hopefully both students and lectures alike will make good use of this software and as a result create high quality work quicker and easier whilst also having the freedom to be innovative and have fun at the same time.

You can access Yammer via the University Of Derby’s UDO page. Have fun and stay connected!