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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A blog is a website where the content typically displays in reverse chronological order - i.e. newest entry on top. Most blogs encourage interactivity by enabling readers to leave comments and engage in a conversation with the author. Different themes will provide blogs with a different look and feel, but they tend to have a similar layout.

You can use blogs in a number of ways. You can request a blog to chart your own development or you might be required to use blogs to support your development or to contribute to a project as part of a module that you are studying.

Contributing to class blogs

Your module leader will decide what type of role you should have on class blogs. Your role on the blog will either restrict or provide access to different elements of the blog. Your module leader will provide you with information about how you are to interact with these blogs.

Examples of class blogs include:

Type of blogStudent RolePermissions
Personal Reflective blog shared with tutor.AdministratorAdministrators can post to the blog, edit posts, change the theme of the blog, comment on posts and reply to comments made on the blog.
Class blog managed by module leader where students read posts and engage in discussion.SubscriberSubscribers can view posts, make comments and reply to comments previously made.
Collaborative blog where a group of students have equal rights to post to and comment on a blogAuthorAuthors can post to the blog, edit only their own posts, comment on other students posts and reply to comments.
 How do I set up a personal blog?

Please log your request with the IT Service Desk and provide your username, email, the site URL and the site title. By default all blogs are set with the privacy setting Visitors must have a login - anyone that is a registered user of City can gain access. if you want to change these settings click on the Settings menu and select Privacy. From this screen select the appropriate privacy setting and click Save changes. 

 How do I change the theme of my blog?
  1. From your blog Dashboard go to the Appearance menu

  2. Select Themes

  3. Click on Live Preview to see how your blog will look in a new theme

  4. Once you have found one you like, click Save & Activate.

Please note that themes have different functionality so if you change your blog theme you might lose access to widgets in a sidebar. These will move to inactive widgets and can be reused in your new theme. Please note: Not all blog themes will display your name or display multiple authors. 

 How do I write my first blog post?
  1. From your blog Dashboard or blog view, click on + New tab to open the drop-down menu

  2. Select Post

  3. Type a title for the post

  4. Type your post into the input field

  5. The edit toolbar enables you to spell check, format your text and insert images and files.

  6. You can enter keywords known as Tags to help others to search for posts that are relevant to them in the Post Tags input field on the right of the screen. Tags need to be separated by a comma. Click Add to add the tags to your post.

  7. Once you have completed writing your post you can preview it to ensure it is correctly formatted. Click on Preview

  8. Close your preview window and from your Dashboard click on Publish. This will make the post visible on your blog and to all Users on your blog .

If you are not ready to post to your blog click Save Draft to save your post for further editing

For further guidance and a video follow the link below: http://help.edublogs.org/2009/07/29/writing-your-first-post/ 

 How do I edit a post?

You can edit from Dashboard screen and View screen:

From View:

  • Click on Edit alongside or underneath the post you want to change.

  • Click on Update to save

From Dashboard:

  • From the Posts menu select ALL Posts

  • Click Edit underneath the post you want to edit

  • Click Update to save

 How do I add an image to my post?

From the post text editor, click on the add media icon which is located at the top of the editor. (Hover over an icon for information on its function).

  1. Drag and drop an image from your computer into the uploader or select and browse to the image. The maximum upload file size is 19MB.

  2. In the media options fields you can add a title, description, caption, resize or change the placement of the image.

  3. Click Insert into Post.

Please note: You cannot re-use just any image you find in a Google search in your blog. You need to ensure that you are not in breach of copyright when using images. City Library has produced a list of sites where you can re-use images in particular circumstances. Check the individual sites for terms of use as these vary. http://www.city.ac.uk/library/copyright/copyright-and-images 

 How do I embed a YouTube video in my post?

Find the YouTube video that you want to embed.

YouTube embed code

YouTube embed code

  1. Click on Share under the video
  2. Click on Embed
  3. Copy the code that appears (CTRL C)
  4. Go to your blog and click on + New tab to open the drop-down menu
  5. Select Post
  6. Type a title for the post
  7. Type your text into the input field
  8. Click on the HTML tab on the top right of the post
  9. Paste the YouTube embed code into the input field
  10. Click on the Visual tab on the top right of the post
  11. Click Publish
  12. Click View Post to view and play the video.

Please note : You need to ensure that you have permission to embed the video. If you are ensure of the permissions then you can simply create a link to the video.

 How do I embed a vimeo video in my post

Go to Vimeo and click on the video you want to embed in your post.

Copying embed code from Vimeo

Copying embed code from Vimeo

  1. Right click on the video and select Copy embed code
  2. Go to your blog (Dashboard or view) and click on + New tab to open the drop-down menu
  3. Select Post
  4. Type a title for the post
  5. Type your text into the input field
  6. Click on the HTML tab on the top right of the post
  7. Paste the Vimeo embed code into the input field
  8. Click on the Visual tab on the top right of the post
  9. Click Publish
  10. Click View Post to view and play the video

Please note: You need to ensure that you have permission to embed the video. If you are ensure of the permissions then you can simply create a link to the video.

 How do I add an external file to my post?
  1. From your blog Dashboard or blog view, click on + New tab to open the drop-down menu
  2. Select Post
  3. Type a title for the post
  4. Type your post into the input field
  5. Go to the section of the post where you want your external file to appear and click on Upload/Insert icon above the text editor.
    Select files to upload
  6. You can now browse for a file you have saved on your computer or drag and drop a file. To browse for a file click on Select Files on the Add Media window that opens.
  7. Browse to the drive on your computer where the file(s) are saved
  8. Select the file(s)
  9. Click Open
  10. Click Insert into Post
  11. Click Save Changes.
 How do I move between my blog and my blog dashboard?

When you are viewing your blog hover over the blog name in the tab on the top toolbar and a menu will appear select Dashboard. When you are viewing your Dashboard click on the blog title in the tab on the top toolbar to view your blog. If you have multiple blogs hover over the blog you want to access from the My Sites tab and select Visit Site. 

 How do I add a comment to a blog
  1. From the My Sites tab select the blog you want to comment and click Visit Site to view it.
  2. Click on the link to comments (this is displayed underneath or alongside the post).
  3. Write your comment and click Post comment.
 How do I view comments that have been made on my posts?

You can set up email notification for comments on your blog.

  1. From the Settings menu select Discussion

  2. Click the checkbox alongside E-mail me whenever… Anyone posts a comment

(These notifications will be sent to your @city.ac.uk email address)

    3.   Click Save changes.

Your blog Dashboard also displays recent comments. If you are viewing your blog you can see a count of the number of comments for each post and clicking on the number of comments opens these for you to read. 

 What is the difference between posts and pages?

Posts appear in reverse chronological order with the newest post on top. Pages tend to used for static content that does not need to be regularly updated. See the link below for further information

http://theedublogger.com/2008/06/20/differences-between-blog-pages-and-posts/ 

 How do I add a page to my blog?

Pages are not part of the chronological blog stream and are more suited to static content that doesn’t need to be updated regularly.

  1. From the Blog view click on + New
  2. Select Page
  3. Give your page a Title
  4. You can add content (e.g. text, images, links) into the input field
  5. Once you have finished click Publish.

Note: You can nest pages under other pages by making one the parent of the other. You can do this from the Page Attributes section of the Add Page/Edit screen by selecting the appropriate Parent page from the drop-down menu.

 How do I change the order in which my pages display?
  1. From the Pages menu on the blog Dashboard select All Pages
  2. Click edit on the page you want to set as your first page
  3. From the Page Attributes section input the Order number for the page. 1 is the first page, 2 is the second and so on.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 for each page in your blog.
 How do I add users to my blog/class blog?

To add users to your blog they first need a CampusPress account. Contact IT Service Desk with the username of the users you would like to add to your blog. Once the users blogs accounts are created you can add these as users to your blog. From the Users menu on the Dashboard select Add user. Input the users City username, select the appropriate role from the Role drop-down menu and click Add user. For a full breakdown of the roles please see the CampusPress guidance on roles linked below.

http://help.edublogs.org/2009/08/24/what-are-the-different-roles-of-users/ If you need to add a batch of users complete the attached spreadsheet and log a request with the IT Service Desk. 

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