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.



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} 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

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!

Research Article on Virtual Reality and Occupational Therapy Published

Back in 2015 I presented a paper on a virtual reality (VR) project I have been working on with Occupational Therapy since 2009. The paper entitled “Using Unity to Create Teaching Tools, for Teaching Academically and Clinically within Occupational Therapy” and co-written with Karen Newberry (Occupational Therapy lecturer at Derby) and Kate Threapleton (Researcher at Nottingham University) was presented at the iTag conference hosted by Nottingham Trent University and held in the council house in Nottingham.

That paper has now been published in the Journal of Assistive Technologies under the title “Evaluating Unity created teaching simulations within occupational therapy”. The article can be accessed here The article is about the development of the VR software and the research done on the reaction of students to using the software. It is mainly about students’ preference for which version of the exercise they prefer but also covers issues such as motion sickness and using VR for academic assessment.

A non-technical person’s experience of recording with Panopto

Joy Lewis, Team Leader of International Student Centre recently needed to record some student presentations for assessment. Here is what she had to say about the experience:

“I requested access to Panopto because we had a Summer School and wanted to record the final presentations of the Chinese students. The choice of Panopto was because it is not invasive and the students do not feel that they are being videoed or recorded and the experience for them is much more positive and the results of the recording are clear, sharp and give a very wide view as well as being able to have access to the slides.

I had a very quick training session, no longer than five minutes. It was very easy to use and that is from someone who is a bit of a technophobe. This was followed up with a second short training session of how to download the recordings, again this was very easy and user friendly.

The only other experience I have had of videoing and recording presentations is where there is a camera facing you, depending on if this fixed, or is on a tripod or handheld it can be shaky, poor quality with problems with sound and visuals of the slides, and is also very off putting for the person being videoed, Panopto makes the whole experience much easier and real, I would not hesitate to use it again.”

Joy used one of our Lecture Record Ready rooms which included a ceiling mic and ceiling camera to record the front of the class.

Find out more about Lecture Recording at Derby University and how it can help you simplify capturing presentations like lectures and student assessments.


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

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 or for Karma Nirvana