Educational Technologies


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


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.


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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To improve navigation and consistency of modules a new City Course Format has been developed. The City Course Format was developed based on recommendations from student user evaluations facilitated by the City Interaction Lab. The new City Course Format is applied by default to all taught modules. This page outlines the features of the City Course Format for students.

Student view of module with City Course Format

City Course Format features

FeatureDescription and Rationale
  • Help & Support menu in top navigation bar for both staff and students, offering quick access to educational technologies support, IT Service Desk and accessibility information.
  • Dashboard within the main content area, to ensure quick access to key module information, resources and activities.
  • Staff contact details built into the Dashboard.
  • Lecture capture when used in modules will be easily accessible via the Dashboard.

Module Leader
  • Clicking on the link to Lecturers will indicate the Lecturers and Module Leaders for the module and include their contact information if provided.

Clicking on the link to Students will provide a list and photos of students enrolled on your module.

  • Clicking on the link to Course Officers will provide a list of Course Officers and their contact information if provided.

  • Modules are laid out in two columns with right-aligned blocks to prioritise the main content area in modules.

  • Modules are structured into collapsed topics with an overview of content available within each topic. This provides a concise overview of the module structure and content. To open a topic click on the topic heading.
  • Topics highlighted as the current topic by a Lecturer will default to an open position and be highlighted with a red box.

  • School specific blocks will display information that is relevant to your programme of study and the School you are studying in.
  • Module events and module updates blocks on the right hand column provide contextual information on the modules, such as all Calendar events and updated content/activities in a module.
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