University of Bath: Audio Visual Unit

News and developments in AV

Campus - 3WN room updates

📥  Equipment, Spaces

We've made a few small adjustments in 3WN to two of the teaching rooms:

3WN2.1 (198 seat lecture theatre)

3WN3.7 (126 seat large flat room)

both of these rooms now have TWO data projectors.

3WN2.1 has the ability to show Left and Right separate sources to the audience.

3WN3.7 shows a relay of both sources to both projectors (the same single image).



Sourcing TV and Radio materials for teaching


📥  Service, Systems

The University has use of the BoB (Box of Broadcasts) to source material from the TV and Radio.


BoB enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes).

There are extensive tutorials on their website of how to use the system:

The channel source list is extensive:

  • Digital Freeview
  • News/ Current Affairs
  • Regional
  • Foreign Language
  • Radio

It also includes many of the UK regional variations from the Digital freeview services.

The BoB system will cite programmes correctly for you (referencing), and you can create specific clips of programmes to embed in presentations.
You can also embed a link directly into moodle if you want to do so.

The University's BoB contact is the Service Manager (AV) - Rob Hyde. Please contact Rob if you would like to know any more about it.


8W - Preview before teaching starts

📥  Design Build Advise, Equipment, News, Systems

With all the changes to the teaching rooms made over the summer in 8W, we've organised a few drop-in sessions to look at some of the rooms.

Monday 21 to Friday 25 September - 10:15 to 12:15 - 8W2.15
(standard teaching room)
*drop into room

Thursday 24 September - 14:15 to 16:15 - 8W 2.5, 2.32, 2.1 & 1.1
(Lecture theatres & meeting rooms)
*meet at 8W2.5 first


8W Teaching Rooms - New AV equipment functions

📥  Design Build Advise, Equipment, Furniture, News, Systems

Over the summer the AV equipment in the classrooms has been renewed, and the rooms refurbished.

There are quite a few new inclusions:

Most of the lectern tops follow this design below - Where there is a preview monitor in the upstand. This will show you what is coming out of the projector, and displayed on the projection screen.

The PC monitor is also a touch screen - and also has a pen stylus (to be able to write on the screen) which slides in and out of the bottom corner of the screen.



Inside the lectern, there are some more changes.....
Each lectern now has the whiteboard accessories stored in a tray inside the lectern:


On the lectern tops, there is a full HD visualiser:


The head of the visualier is fully movable (the stem is a gooseneck). The main controls are on the base - zoom, lamp on and off, focus, and on/off.

Finally, each one of the lecterns now has a power socket on the side (under one side of the lectern top), to allow for laptops and portable devices to be plugged in.


There are a set of visits planned for next week - if anyone would like to come and look at the new setups.



ERA Event - London

📥  News

ERA will be running a full event in London on 7 October 2015 called:

"Making the Most of Your ERA Licence"

The event will include practical demonstrations of recording and ‘catch-up’ systems, a presentation on the Research Education Space project, and a panel discussion on AV copyright/ licensing issues.

If anyone would like to go.... please express an interest with

More details are below:


ERA Visit

📥  News

Just as a way of a gentle reminder, we have ERA coming to visit us this Wednesday at 11:15 in the Council Chamber on Campus.

They’ve offered to come and visit us and do a fact-finding session on the license terms, and a Q&A session on it.


The ERA Licensing Scheme provides us with the means of accessing and using broadcast material both in the classroom and by students at home.
The licence allows us to use material sourced from broadcasts (including accessing catch-up TV and Radio services of the UK public service broadcasters) for teaching resources.


19 August 2015

11:15 to 13:15

Council Chamber Wessex House (Main UoB Campus).

Kathleen Roberts and Victoria Smith attending.


If you have anyone that many be interested – please pass it on to them.

Hope that you will be able to make it.


New license updates are here: ; and terms:



TurningPoint Webinars

📥  News, Systems

Turning Technologies have messaged us today to say they have some webinars available:


Basic Polling with ResponseWare

Gain a basic understanding of TurningPoint’s native PowerPoint polling option, including how to get started, how to build a question, different question types, additional features and reporting. This session will also outline Anywhere polling, the different polling environments and the features that are available.

Tuesday, 21st July (1:00 p.m. GMT)
Advanced PowerPoint Polling with ResponseWare

This masterclass will help advanced users understand demographic assignment slides, comparative links, conditional branching and picture slides. In addition, a focus on pedagogical applications such as - Agile Teaching, Game-Based Learning and Peer Instruction will also be covered.

Monday, 27th July (1:00 p.m. GMT)

Simon Lancaster

Prof. Lancaster will use ResponseWare to illustrate and deliver a pedagogy based on peer-instruction but moving further towards flipped roles - an approach in which students and academics are partners in facilitating learning.

Thursday, 23rd July (1:00 p.m. GMT)

Simon Tweddell

Prof. Tweddell will discuss his experiences of designing a curriculum informed by educational best practice and delivered by Team-Based Learning. He will also talk through his use of ResponseCard NXT and TurningPoint.

Wednesday, 29th July (1:00 p.m. GMT)

The registration for these is here:



The Edge - Opening Ceremony

📥  Design Build Advise, News, Spaces

One of the University's newest building was formally opened recently by our Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex.
The Edge is a state-of-the-art building offering a unique hub of culture and innovation to students, staff and visitors.

Here's our video of the day:


Camera Tracking

📥  Interesting, News

Our colleagues at Durham University have been testing the new version of the Swivl camera mount.

The product looks interesting - but their testing has highlighted a few issues.

We'll obviously monitor the outcome to see if it becomes something we may like to look at in the future.