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.


  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.


  iTunes U

What is iTunes U?

iTunes U is City University London's public resource for Videos.


  Lecture Capture

What is Lecture Capture?

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


  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.

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There may be occasions where you need to include diagrams in your assignments. This guidance suggests a few ways to do this effectively.

Using drawing tools in Word

Microsoft Word has in-built tools that enable you to create simple diagrams. There is comprehensive online guidance about how to use these tools and you can view a basic overview here.

Drawing by hand

You may decide that you prefer to draw your diagrams by hand. There are at least two ways to include handwritten notes in Word documents or other digital files. Those also apply to other software such as PowerPoint, etc.

First of all, make the notes on white plain paper. Printer paper is a good choice. The layout should be as perpendicular to the edges as possible so the scan doesn't come out skewed.                                                                                    

Using the university printer

The first method involves scanning the notes using City printers.

Most printers should display instructions on how to scan. In most cases you place the notes face up in the tray on the top of the printer.

Swipe your card and select device functions. Choose the Mail2Me service and follow the instructions on the device. Scan and email each page separately as they all need to be in separate PDF files.

You can then include the PDF page in your Word document. Choose Insert, Object, From file and choose the PDF document. This will place the PDF into your Word document as an image. Only the first page of a PDF is included, so ensure each page of notes is a single page PDF document.

Using a camera or a smartphone

This method relies on taking a picture of the notes and transferring them to your PC. Because of a vast range of devices available these instructions are quite general and rely on you being able to apply them to your specific device.

Firstly, make sure the notes are well lit using natural and ambient light. Avoid lights directly above the notes to eliminate reflections and shadows. Make sure your flash is switched off.

On your device choose the finest quality options you can. Then frame the notes so that you have a bit of a margin, but try to keep any background out of the picture.

If you're using a smartphone you should be able to email the photo to yourself. If you'd rather not email or you're using a camera, connect the device to your computer and transfer the files manually.

You can now include the notes as an image in any document. Depending on framing it may require rotating and cropping.

You can find further information about inserting a picture into a Microsoft Word document here.