Educational Technologies

  Moodle

What is Moodle?

Moodle is the online Virtual Learning Environment used at City University.

It enables staff to provide students with access to online course materials, resources, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools.


  Adobe Connect

What is Adobe Connect?

Adobe Connect is an online collaboration tool where users interact with audio, video and chat, and can share files and screen activities.


  Adobe Presenter

What is Adobe Presenter?

Adobe Presenter is a tool that allows you to narrate your PowerPoint presentations, add in formative quiz questions, and deliver the recording on Moodle via a web link.


  City Blogs

What are City Blogs?

City Blogs is the blogging system for staff and students and is accessed via blogs.city.ac.uk.


  Clickers

What are Clickers/Electronic Voting Handsets?

Clickers provide a fun way to encourage active participation from your audience, gather feedback and easily gauge group-wide understanding.

Participants respond to questions posed during a PowerPoint presentation by pressing a button on their clicker. Responses are instantly displayed within the PowerPoint presentation.


  Lecture Capture

What is Lecture Capture?

Lecture capture allows you to record your teaching sessions and publish the recordings to your students via Moodle. Lecture capture typically records the computer screen and your voice, with an optional small video recording of the front of the room.

Many lecturers choose to record their lectures to give their students extra learning materials which can help them revise ahead of assessments. The recordings are also useful for students with learning difficulties, or who speak English as a second language, as they can go back and listen again at their own pace. Lecture capture recordings are intended to supplement, rather than replace, face-to-face teaching.


  MediaSpace

What is MediaSpace?

Kaltura MediaSpace is the university's video and audio hosting platform. It is like an institutional Vimeo/YouTube system which lets staff create, upload, store and publish video and audio files, for use in teaching, for publicity and promotion, and student guidance.


  Podium Technology (Pods)

What is Podium Technology (Pods)?

The Podiums are the technology supplied at the front of lecture and seminar rooms.

The AV podium, or 'pod', is a purpose-built unit that houses various lecture room technology including a Windows PC, Sympodium (PC screen/interactive pen display), visualiser, cables for laptop connection, DVD/VHS player and audio cassette deck.


  Turnitin

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is most commonly used to assist in the detection of academic misconduct (such as plagiarism or collusion) in an assignment after it's been submitted. Turnitin can also be used formatively to help students learn about the importance of good academic practices and good referencing.


  Video and Audio/MILL

Tell me more about Video and Audio in Education?

There are a range of technologies available to enable production of video and audio resources. You can find support around these technologies via the Multimedia and Innovation Learning Lab (MILL).

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Adobe Connect is an online collaboration tool, which enables users to interact via webcams or using online chat and discussion functions. The system allows for online file uploading, screen sharing, instant quiz creation and an interactive whiteboard.

There are two main ways you can use Connect:

Participant role: You may use Adobe Connect to simply watch a presentation, using the default Participant role. In this case you will need only headphones and access to the online meeting room your lecturer will send to you. Follow steps 1 - 4 below.
Presenter or Host role: If you use Adobe Connect to participate in a discussion or give a presentation you will need the Presenter or Host role. In this case, you will need to follow all the steps below to connect your headset, camera and/or microphone.

  1. Preparing for a Connect session
  2. How do I create a meeting room?

  3. How do I access my meeting?
  4. Inside the meeting room
  5. How do I set up my audio?
  6. How do I share my webcam video?
  7. How do I share my screen?
  8. How do I share my Power Point content?

1. Preparing for a connect session

  • Connect System Requirements

  • Accessing Connect via a mobile device: If you are accessing an online session on Connect via a mobile device please install the Adobe Connect app. If you access directly via a standard browser on your mobile you may experience technical issues.

  • Mic, Webcam and Sharescreen Functions: You may not always be required to use all of the functions available, such as a mic, webcam and sharescreen (ppt). You will be advised on what functions you will be expected to use before the meeting.

Plugin any equipment you may use be required to use within the meeting prior to logging into the room, such as headphones, mic or webcam.

 More information on checking your equipment..
  • Ensure you are using an up-to-date browser.
  • Check your computer settings to ensure that the correct equipment is selected for use.
    • On a PC: Click the start button >> Click on Control panel >> Click on Sound and Audio Devices >> from here ensure that the correct devices are chosen for use.
    • On a Mac >> Click on System Preferences >> Audio >> check under the Output and Input tabs.


2. How do I create a meeting room?

Meeting hosts can create a meeting room URL by going to city.adobeconnect.com, logging in with their credentials, and create a new meeting or modify an existing meeting in their account.

  • Go to city.adobeconnect.com and log in with your university email address.
  •  To create a new meeting, click on the Meeting button.

 

  • Provide a name for the meeting. This will appear on the screen of the meeting room.

Enter this optional information:

      • Custom URL
      • Summary
      • Start time and Duration – Guests will only be able to enter the meeting room during this period
      • Access – who will be able to enter the meeting room

Then click Next.


  • Add specific user(s) to the room as participant, then click Next.


  • Choose invitation options, either via Adobe or manually. The default Message Body provides details of the meeting including the URL for accessing the meeting room. Click Finish.

 

  • Click Enter Meeting Room to enter the meeting space now, or use the URL to access it later.

3. How do I access my meeting?

Meeting hosts can access the meeting by going to city.adobeconnect.com, logging in with their credentials, and finding the meeting in their account. Alternatively, go directly to the meeting room URL (in the form city.adobeconnect.com/XXXXXXX) and log in with your credentials.

Webinar participants and guest presenters do not need login credentials to access the meeting room. Go directly to the meeting room URL (in the form city.adobeconnect.com/XXXXXXX) and click Enter as a guest, then type in your full name and click Enter room. The Meeting Host can promote guest presenters to Presenter role once they have entered the room.



4. Inside the meeting room

The Meeting Room (a) where you will be a presenter consists of pods, which are useful as collaboration tools. Pods can be maximized and minimized.
Note: All changes which are made by the Presenter are also seen by all of the Participants.

The Attendees list (b) shows all members who have logged into the session and their status online.
(a)                                                           (b)


5. How do I set up my audio?

You should always set up your headphones when using Adobe Connect, to enable you to hear the presentation. You can use the microphone feature only if you are a Host or Presenter in an online meeting.

Plug in any equipment you may use be required to use within the meeting prior to logging into the room, such as headphones, mic or webcam.

 More information on checking your equipment..
  • Make sure you are using an up-to-date browser.
  • Check your computer settings to ensure that the correct equipment is selected for use.
    • On a PC: Click the start button >> Click on Control panel >> Click on Sound and Audio Devices >> from here ensure that the correct devices are chosen for use.
    • On a Mac: Click on System Preferences >> Audio >> check under the Output and Input tabs.

You can communicate with meeting attendees using your personal headset.

1. First you will need to open the Audio Setup Wizard by selecting Meeting > Audio Setup Wizard...
 

2. Follow the steps in the in the audio set up wizard to test your speakers, select a microphone, and optimize the audio.
Note: If you've never used Adobe Connect before, you may see a Flash Player settings box asking for permission to use your camera and microphone. Selecting Remember will skip this prompt in the future.

3. If relevant, turn on the Microphone button near the top of the application. Click the button once to activate the audio. You can use the arrow beside the icon to mute your mic or adjust your volume. You can only access the Microphone function if your lecturer gives you permission to do so.


Note: If you're having problems with your audio, you can adjust the quality by Selecting Meeting >> Preferences >> Audio then toggle the audio quality options.

 If you have further problems picking up audio..
  • Try refreshing the page, or leave the Connect room, shut down the browser, check your computer settings to ensure that the correct equipment is selected for use.
    • On a PC: Click the start button >> Click on Control panel >> Click on Sound and Audio Devices >> from here ensure that the correct devices are chosen for use.
    • On a Mac >> Click on System Preferences >> Audio >> check under the Output and Input tabs.
  • Make sure you are using an up-to-date browser. If you have an alternative browser that is more up-to-date please try using this.
  • The IT Servicedesk is available for any further help and can be contacted on 020 7040 8181 or log a call at www.city.ac.uk/itservicedesk.


6. How do I share my webcam video?

You can use this feature if you are a Host or Presenter in an online meeting. If you are watching a presentation you will not need to use this feature.

You can easily share your webcam video with meeting attendees.

Note: To do this, make sure your webcam is plugged in and click either the webcam button or the Start My Webcam button on the Video pod. Before you start a pop up window will appear as shown below, here you will need you will need to click Allow.


1. To turn on your webcam you can click on Start my Webcam in the video pod.

2. The webcam will give you a preview of what will be shared. If you are happy with the preview, you can click Start Sharing to broadcast your webcam to all participants.

Note: The Video pod will accommodate multiple webcams and scale the images appropriately; you don't need to open a separate pod for each presenter.

3. To increase or decrease the quality of your webcam based on the available bandwidth, click Preferences from the Video options menu, or select
Meeting >> Preferences >> Video.


7. How do I share my screen?

You can use this feature if you are a Host or Presenter in an online meeting. If you are watching a presentation you will not need to use this feature.

If needed, you can share your computer screen with the rest of the participants.

Note: If you choose to share your entire desktop, it's recommended that you set your screen resolution to 1024x768. Reducing the number of applications running that use bandwidth will also provide a better experience for the attendees.


1. Click the Share My Screen in the Share pod.

2. In the Start Screen Sharing pop up, choose how you would like to share your screen:


Desktop: Share all applications on your desktop.
Applications: Share one or more applications along with Windows: Choose specific, already open windows to share related windows. After selecting your desired option, click Share.

3. While sharing your screen, a tools menu will appear in the bottom right of your screen. Other people will not see this menu on their screen.

Click on the minimise button in the top right to minimise the tools menu.

From the tools men, you can (from left to right) manage screensharing, turn on or turn off your webcam or microphone, turn on or off your speakers, view the attendees list, view the chat, or see notification.



8. How do I share my Power Point content?

You can use this feature if you are a Host or Presenter in an online meeting. If you are watching a presentation you will not need to use this feature.

1. Click the right arrow beside Share My Screen and select Share
Document.

2. Click Browse My Computer to select a file from your system.

In the Browse dialog, locate the PowerPoint (PPT or PPTX) presentation you would like to share and click Open (b). The file is automatically uploaded and converted.

3. Once the file has been converted, it will appear in the Share pod. Use the Next and Previous controls to navigate through your presentation.

 

Where do I go for help? 

Contact the IT Service Desk on 020 7040 8181.

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