VEO Demonstration and Training

Over the past couple of years our Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing has been very busy redeveloping their buildings and kitting them out with all the latest and greatest facilities and technologies, things like an almost exact replica of a hospital ward, complete with Sim People, and high definition cameras and screens in every room. Remember the Immersive Interactive room I wrote about? They’re getting one of those put in as we speak.

Something else they’ve purchased is VEO, a video annotation tool that lets you tag videos either live, using their iPad app, or in a browser for videos recorded on other devices and uploaded to their system. There are two scenarios the Faculty has in mind for this tool, having students use it themselves for their own learning by, for example, analysing each other’s performance at a given task, looking for strengths and areas that need improving, and to assist academics doing OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations), or even replace the paper forms altogether, if it works well.

VEO is a fairly new tool, a spin-off from a development at Newcastle University, but it is now being used by a number of universities. Being local we benefited from having one of the people who developed the tool on site with us to explain the background, why it was developed, how it can be used and how we can administer it and help academics to make full use of it. It has a lot of potential, and also with it being a local start-up we have a great opportunity to work closely with VEO and contribute to their product development.

Apple Watch Hands-On


Got to play with an Apple Watch today IRL, courtesy of the biggest Apple-head and early adopter in the office. I haven’t been impressed by it to date. I thought it was big, thick and bulky, and with ridiculous battery life. But, like the release of the first iPad, now that I have gotten my hands on one I like it much more than I thought I would, and the hamster wheel in my head has kicked into motion thinking about what I would actually use it for. So far, possibly thankfully, I’m not seeing a killer app. The health tracking aspects are of the most interest to me, but I already have a Fitbit which does more for fitness tracking and has ten times the battery life.

It took around six months for me to give in an get myself an iPad, time will tell if I’m sporting an Apple Watch in a few months. Finally, just to make a tenuous link to technology enhanced learning, I’m not coming up with any solid ideas of how it could be used in that context either.