Narrated presentations and creating videos

I have recently been involved with a couple of activities with psychology students – one group (postgraduate students) had no problems with going away and creating a narrated presentation in a video format (either creating in a slideshow type presentation and converting to video or directly using a video tool from AnimationTools or similar). The other group (second year undergraduates) was the complete opposite and needed considerable additional support with a variety of tasks involved.

The psychology head of our department learning and teaching quality group want to roll this out as an activity for all first year undergraduate students in the next academic year based on staff and student feedback about the activity and how it helped / hindered them in their learning process about psychology and/or therapeutic concepts as opposed to a live (non video) presentation which they had all done on a set day previously.

We will be meeting to plan out possible ways forward including:

  • Setup of rooms as technology labs where students will come in on specific days to create, convert and publish their presentations with support provided from different teams including our team.
  • Establishing technology mentors/buddies from either postgraduate or 2/3yr undergraduate student populations who will work with students (particularly the ones who won’t show up for the lab sessions) over a 4-6 week period. The technology mentors / buddies will receive training from our team about roles, expectations and commitments.
  • Possibly a draft showcase day where instead of poster sessions, stalls are created where students can present to each other and if necessary – revise / edit their presentations or publish their final submission.
  • A student and staff developed technology rubric with criteria for what an excellent, good, ok, not good presentation could look like. I don’t know if we would go down the prizegiving route with a technology / device as a prize but it might be an option and we might approach technology companies to see if they are interested in sponsoring a prize in return for use of their technologies.

This exercise will also be developed as a research in technology enhanced education project and designed/evaluated and published by a staff and student research group.

Twitter lists exported – env health & russia etc

I won’t be exporting all lists before closing twitter account, possibly end of March now, depending mostly on NHS related things but in agreement with an NHS consultant – the NHS isn’t going to be saved by Twitter! I think these are the most useful for future reference but all twitter lists for browsing can be viewed below.

This spreadsheet includes the environmental ones and the RussiaEEAsia ones – don’t have time to use NodeXL just yet so used a website via Sarah Marshall which exports for just over £1 (thanks Brexiteers!) per list if it’s between 50-200 members.

Some members feature on both tabs as I continue with prep for projects but the RussiaEEAsia list is still a mix of history, culture, politics, environment, health. The second tab is the full RussiaEEAsia export spreadsheet as it looks via the DocteurTweety tool – I’m not interested in numbers of followers etc – just using list for twitter names, profile descriptions and URLs


Twitter list members via twitter website, in no particular order – the Oxon and News are from when I was doing political as in party political campaigning. LondonEmbassies was created specifically in response to the terrorist attacks in London.

Everyone line up in the centre of the hall with a partner

Repeated ad infinitum but can you persuade a group of martial artists to do this sometimes. Trying to organise a meal is even more fun (especially when 1000 burpees threats don’t work)

“Oh yes, burpees – I think I’ll go and do some of those, what was that you said again…”

“well I’m far too cool to respond to online threats of burpees, just come over here and make me do them…what was that you said again”

Taekwondo update

It was a privilege to visit a club today run by an instructor who not only completely demonstrates the principles of martial arts himself but the club students also demonstrate them too. And they made it fun and very energetic. Especially the sparring session where the instructor said that if you’re not enjoying it then it’s our role as instructors not to force you into it.

I noticed this yesterday in our club with one of our most junior belts who was having to fight a smaller but more senior grade who just kept coming at him and I could see he was getting stressed / almost upset. So I intervened and demo’d some blocks that he could try and asked the more senior grade to give him space to try and land at least one kick every so often, so that he had enough thinking time to try and visualise what he could do.

I don’t know if he will move towards competition fighting but hopefully he can feel he has an opportunity to decide.

And my time came later when we were free sparring (everyone taller than me in senior grades) and I somehow managed what I thought was a semi decent back side kick and my opponent but didn’t return quickly enough to face my opponent and suddenly found myself with a much bigger, stronger arm hooked around my neck and lifted off the floor (not allowed in competition btw but useful for general practice!)

We both had a giggle and then I accidently kicked him in the balls a couple of times so what goes around comes around…

I noticed that the club instructor today emphasised the behavioural side at all times in spite of it being a session where people turn up because they want to fight.

I also noticed the instructor doing very mild interventions, laughing a lot and so were the students even when they went flying over. It was a great atmosphere throughout.

They have fighters of many different ages competing nationally and internationally – some wonderful prospects for British taekwondo.

If it works out,may try and take a couple of our fighters up there later in the year.

Careless talk will cost lives

The self serving Conservative party is yet again stirring up hatred.

Yet again Russians are the target of their propaganda. So as another Conservative tries to distract from their own personal failures and gets found out, what will really be the consequences (not that Conservatives ever face any)

2 of our taekwondo club have recently joined the army and others I have known from elsewhere.

Are they being conditioned to hate Russians? Are young Russians being conditioned to hate them?

Will they forget or be totally unable to apply the principles of taekwondo and act with integrity because of the greedy stupidity of the government and their chosen friends in defence?

Virtual reality and Samsung Gear VR

Have not done any research with virtual reality and not got a headset (and no intention to if possible – have spent enough of my life in front of screens without them stuck on my eyeballs too).

However there are a couple of projects coming up at Roehampton which may utilise some and after a brief discussion with one of our AV colleagues who is involved in one of the projects, he recommended using consumer version – in particular Samsung Gear VR and  Samsung Galaxy phone.

Forum XDA is a good forum that I have used over the years back when PDAs were in vogue, e.g.

Human Performance and Health podcast 3: HIIT high intensity exercise and interval training

The next podcast is up on Mixcloud and draft transcript attached. Future transcripts will be completed automatically via the research students who will be managing the blog. It’s a great discussion including somewhere 20-25 mins about anaerobic exercise and what the research has shown in terms of what is being burnt and how much of it.



And just for interest, just sent through by one of our research students – here is the automatic translation which has all the erms and part waffly sentences in it but is more thorough and more importantly has the timings against each bit. Via