Police using video case study within their teaching

Mark Flint-Freel, lecturer in Criminology, has created a series of videos to form a larger case study for the BA (Hons) Policing programme. The idea is to show the students a crime scene, working their way from an arrest of a suspect through to cross examination in court.

With a greater number of students applying for the BA (Hons) Policing programme, Mark had to think about the fact that this would not allow each student to be able to role play each scenario needed. Therefore, by using recorded video footage he would be able to stop and replay the footage at sections within the film.

The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team assisted Mark to formulate a plan of action to create this case study. Together they worked through the possibilities and requirements for future students on the course.

The project examines the idea of using technologies to teach and train future police graduate students. Giving the students a ‘real-world’ experience albeit not a physical hands on activity.

The case study has a number of different sections involving a theft of motor vehicle, recovery of stolen property, the arrest and detention of a suspect, the interview of a suspect and the presentation of evidence within court, allowing for discussion and debate at the end of each section.

The project will be used throughout the 1st and 2nd year Policing programme.

The main aims of the project were to create a resource that:

  1. Allow greater discussion and debate of good and bad practice seen within the case study.
  2. Gives the students a more interactive experience and greater student participation within the course.
  3. Would give the students a more realistic idea of what happens in the police force, when it is unpractical to physically to this on location.

The project was created with the current BA (Hons) Policing students going through each section of the case study as a police officer within the scene, giving them a greater knowledge base to their learning. The case study will then be aimed for the next group of students to pick up on the clues left behind in the video and create a discussion about what they would do in the same situation.

The overall aim for the project was to give the students the chance to experience greater interactive participation. With this it allows the students scope for more discussion and debates around good and bad practice.

Sections within the case study, e.g. the custody section, are being used by other programmes within the university and are extremely useful to trainee police officers. Many trainees are unable to get a real-life example of this kind of work during their training, and will only encounter it once fully trained. Therefore, this kind of training using video will give the students assistance in gaining experience and an understanding of what to expect.

An example of what has been created can be seen in this short excerpt:

Police Case Study


Change Agents Conference

A report by Diana Stone, Student Digital Champion

As a Digital Champion, I had the exciting opportunity to attend the Jisc Change Agents conference in Exeter with my course leader, John Crossley, to present the work we’ve done so far on the ADR Records website and talk more about the project.

I had never been to Exeter before, so to me it seemed interesting to visit a new city, and I really enjoyed it. In the past, I’ve always been afraid of presentations as I am a pretty terrible public speaker, so I saw this conference as a way of challenging myself.

We attended both days of the conference, so as we were presenting on the second day, we decided to attend some of the talks throughout day one. It was great to see how other universities collaborate with their students and the results of their work together. I particularly enjoyed a presentation on students working with Unicef and the volunteering opportunities they provide. I spoke to several people from other universities throughout the day, which was a great way to network and explore other perspectives. Sadly, there weren’t any other music students there.

Day two was presentation time, and the nerves were definitely kicking in! In the morning, I made sure to go over everything I wanted to say about my involvement with ADR Records, so that everything goes as smoothly as it possibly could. Our presentation was in the afternoon, and quite a few people attended. We presented a few slides of the proposed web design, talked about the purpose of this website, which is to provide a platform for musicians at the university to promote themselves, and also talked about some of the challenges of getting it off the ground. Despite being nervous, I think it went as well as it possibly could and the audience thoroughly enjoyed it – we even had a few questions from them.

Following our presentation, there was a student from the University of Exeter presenting his work on MOOCs designed to educate people on climate change, which was completely free of charge. This was by far my favourite presentation, both because it’s an issue that I feel very passionately about and it’s fantastic to see projects that are changing peoples’ perspectives. The guy also had great presentation skills, that I could learn a lot from.

To conclude the two-day conference, there was a well-needed barbecue organised, which, again, provided a chance to talk to the participants. I received a couple of compliments on the design of the ADR Records site, which, of course felt great and encouraging to persevere with our project.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Jisc conference and witnessing the impact of student-university work relationships can have on projects of any kind. I think Digital Champions is definitely a fantastic idea and I hope it can benefit the learning and working experience of as many students as possible in the future.

Creating media enriched student assessments

Various academics at the University of Derby have created media based assessments for their students. A lot are now including a video assessment where students must create a piece to camera, advert or debate in the form of a video. However, a few academics are creating assessments enabling more varied use of media, such as images, print materials, infographics or augmented reality.

Maria Potempski, Lecturer in Marketing and Public Relations, has devised an assessment to create a 4-page leaflet on a certain health topic to raise awareness of the problems associated with it. The students must design the leaflet, thinking about the layout, typefaces and copy, as well as including various visual elements using photography that they have taken themselves, sometimes enhanced with the use of Photoshop. They also should incorporate an element of augmented reality into the leaflet, which will take the viewer to more information about the topic.

Iride Azara, Lecturer in Tourism and Spa, has also created an assessment for her students to develop an augmented reality video tour of the Buxton Dome. This involves adding their own photography and/or video to an audio tour that has already been created.

This use of multi-media enriched assessments, involving images, video and augmented reality, assists the students to develop their digital capabilities, which are needed increasingly within their future careers. This approach also gives the students a deeper understanding of their learning through an active assessment process.

If you would like any further help or guidance with using video case studies within your teaching please contact your Media Adviser.

Video used in teaching to assist students’ learning

Case studies seem to be increasingly popular with academics to create more student-centred activities. They can assist with developing skills and knowledge within a certain area. Some academics at the University have been creating short case study videos to be used within their students learning and have found that they have been ideal for giving the students practical and real-life examples to explain the theoretical concepts being taught.

This type of video enables students to assess and critique ‘real world’ issues in a safe environment, where there is a lot more room for error, whilst offering the opportunity to give an insight into how professionals would operate in the workplace. The key benefit of this type of video is that it gives students the chance to experience greater interactive participation, allowing students scope for discussions and debate around the issues raised in the videos.

You can create these videos as simply as setting up an interview (or talking head) to create your case study. This could be an expert in the field (or an actor) which the students can then watch and deconstruct the video content.

With the support of the TEL Media team, Hildegard Wiesehofer-Climpson, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, created two business case studies, focussing on the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the National Stone Centre.


The videos were to be used as an introduction for the students who then studied one of the businesses to evaluate their problems and issues and pitched to help to solve these.

Hildegard used the videos within her teaching on various modules and students could use the videos as a base point to then create their presentations about the consumer behaviours seen within the videos.

Also with the support of the TEL Media team, Karin Spenser, Lecturer in Criminology, created a mock video interview with an offender. The video was used as the basis of an assessment for students to explain how major psychological paradigms influence sexual offending.

Police Case Study

This is a short sequence of the ‘Criminology Case Study’ for the BA Policing degree. The idea of this video case study was to show the policing students a crime scene, working their way from an arrest of a suspect through to the cross examination in court. The various different sections allow for discussion and debate at the end of each section. This gives the students a greater knowledge base to their learning.

If you would like any further help or guidance with using video case studies within your teaching please contact your Media Adviser.

Enhancing the student learning experience through the use of technology

The Derby Business School and the TEL Team have worked together to create and showcase an effective practice of student partnerships, by enhancing the student learning experience with technology. Creation of digital materials supply staff and students with the potential to expand their learning opportunities within both teaching and learning.

Nick Turner, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, has been running a student assessment on the Marketing Fundamentals module to create an infographic based around a company. Assessments of this kind give students the opportunity to develop their digital skills and capabilities that they can effectively apply in their future careers. Nick has been running this assessment for a few years, however feedback suggested that “students felt that not enough time had been spent discussing the infographic – both in terms of creating the content, style and the actual technical mechanics”.

Therefore, following this feedback Nick decided he needed to create some help guides for future students. A colleague suggested he create a short video screen capture of how to create the infographic, so he contacted the TEL team who suggesting getting a student involved. A student who has been through the assessment process and performed well could explain the process and how they resolved any issues that they came across. Danni Jupp, year 1 student in BSc (Hons) in Marketing (Consumer Psychology), was happy to create this video and with the help from Nick and the TEL Media Team she created a great source for her fellow students. This peer-to-peer learning meant they could share their knowledge, ideas and experience with others.

Peer learning can offer academics the efficiency of bringing an enhancement to the students’ learning in a time-effective and scalable process. This example of students creating and sharing resources as part of their studies is a great example of practice within the programme (Enhanced (Gold) Level, Element 1.1 in the Digital Practice Programme Baselines.

How to create an infographic videoInfographic Image

The final video has been used in seminars/lectures as well as embedded into the course module. Alison Lawson, Head of Division, Marketing and Operations, has stated “This is completely BRILLIANT. It shows how simple it is to put this assignment together as long as you have the facts at your fingertips. The skills development is immense in terms of research, lateral thinking, design awareness, IT skills and presentation skills. Fabulous”

Just over 100 students are enrolled on the marketing fundamentals course, with half of them having access to this video during their assessment process. The other half had already created the infographic the semester before.

Student feedback suggests that they all found it useful, with over 60% viewing it more than once throughout the process. Their responses suggested that it gave them an “indication as to how images and writing can be combined”, especially “step-by-step using PowerPoint” to create the infographic.

Students could work independently and remotely, and were able to relate to the process as the video was created by a student who had previously completed the work. They also thought that this gave it “a better perspective” of what was needed, making it a “simple video and very easy to understand”.

This project has highlighted how technology use not only produced a positive student learning experience with the principle benefits of peer to peer learning are also upheld.

If any other academic staff would like to include the video within their teaching for a module it is available via the Shared Repository. Please contact your Media Adviser if you would like any further assistance with this.

If you would like any further help or guidance with using Media Gallery and the Shared Repository, see the guides below or contact the TEL Media team at tel@derby.ac.uk

TEL me more: May 2017


Image from Mark Manguerra shared under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/manggy/2058324119

As part of learning at work week the Technology Enhanced Learning team held a TEL me more session on Wednesday 17th May. These informal sessions provide staff with the chance to share practice and hear about how others are using technology to support learning and teaching.

Polling and Quiz tools

In the session we heard about how Kahoot, a way to provide quizzes and gather feedback from learners either face-to-face or outside of lessons, had helped to engage learners in lectures. The tool was found to be easy to use with at least a quarter of students in sessions where it was used having used it at their previous educational institution. A number of other attendees at TEL me more also commented they had seen this used for conferences and during the TEL Strategy Launch by the guest speaker Helen Beetham.

Quizlet was discussed which provides a series of flashcards which students can use to check their understanding and convert into interactive games. Students have also been using this to create their own quizzes and this would be a good activity to do with your students helping to use them as partners to develop learning content as well as develop their digital capabilities in using digital tools for learning.

Learning content tools for storytelling

Storymap was mentioned, which provides the ability to add pin points to maps with additional information. This could help to tell a story, provide information about an event either in the past or for planning as well as perhaps outlining a series of related events such as in a crime or missing person case. An example can be seen in this map outlining climate change in the US from Stanford University. A related tool called Timeline was also discussed which provides a way of adding additional information to a timeline making it easy to tell a story or outline a series of events. An example can be seen through the life of Nelson Mandela.

Academic Digital Champion

The University is looking to create a network of Academic Digital Champions who are willing to share their practice at the University, work in partnership with TEL to provide feedback about TEL developments, contribute and review the Digital Practice Handbook and work with Student Digital Champions. We are also keen to find specialist users of particular software or digital tools where they would be willing to share their knowledge and support others in developing their skills. We are keen to look at the recognition related to this role and some of the feedback we had from the group was that they would like to be aware of the impact their involvement would have e.g. how many people have gone away and tried an approach they shared?. If you are interested in being involved as an Academic Digital Champion then please complete the online form to express your interest.

We had lots of engagement within the session so there are probably technologies I have missed. Please feel free to comment below with any tools or key points from the event you want to add.

JISC Digital Capability Discovery Tool

Digital Capability Discovery Tool​​

The University of Derby is one of fifteen institutions working with Jisc to pilot their Digital Capability Discovery Tool, which has been developed for staff to self-audit and reflect on their digital capabilities. The development of staff and student digital capabilities are of strategic importance to the University so this is an important opportunity for all University staff to take advantage of access to this tool (the pilot is now live until the end of June​ 2017).
The Discovery Tool​ will give you the opportunity to find out more about your own digital capability through a series of reflective questions. Completing the questions will give you an opportunity to reflect on your confidence and capability and provide feedback including a summary of your digital profile, suggested actions you can take to build your capability and links to resources that you can use to support your development.
The individual summary will be private to yourself, but it could be useful for developmental conversations, e.g. DPRs, identifying training needs for teams, etc.
As part of the pilot, the University will be provided with an institutional picture of the outcomes, but this will not provide information about individuals. From these institutional results Learning Enhancement (as part of the Digital Derby project) will work alongside other professional service departments to develop additional resources to aid digital capability development.​ The development of digital capability is a key goal in the new University TEL Strategy 2017-2021​ as the foundation for confident and effective use of technology for living, learning and working in a digital society.​