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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This page lists some of the ways in which to effectively contact students and staff directly using Moodle.

Notification Settings

The notification settings allow you to configure how you would prefer to receive all communications from Moodle (this includes items such as forums posts and messages).

To configure your notification settings, click the User menu in the top navigation bar and choose Preferences followed by Notifications.

In the preferences screen select messaging options.This brings up a screen with check boxes where you can choose how Moodle communicates with you (both for when you are logged into Moodle and logged out):

  • Email: Notification sent to your City University email inbox.
  • CUL Activity Feed:This refers to the Activity Feed block on My Moodle page and if enabled the Module updates, on module homepages. 

You can change your messaging preferences by clicking on On and Off icons.


Messages are an Instant Messaging option that can either be sent as a pop up message, email to another City University inbox or via the Activity Stream on the My Moodle page or relevant module page where enabled. You can send direct messages to other Moodle users using this option.

  1. To access your messages, click the User menu in the top navigation bar and choose Messages.
  2. This will open a page with options to search for other Moodle users and send them a message.
  3. Your messages will be displayed on the left-hand side. You can search for other lecturers or students by clicking into contacts tab and typing their names into the search box.

Forum Communications

Forums provide an area where students and teachers can communicate by posting comments.

Forum Subscriptions: Subscription to a forum means that you will receive any posts made to a Moodle forum as an email as well as being able to view it on your Moodle module. This is useful for keeping up to date with posts made within modules. Staff may subscribe you to forums in order to send out important messages about your course or to include you in module activities. To help manage your forum posts there are a few settings within the edit profile that you can change.

  • Email Digest Type: If set to No digest you will receive an email to your City University inbox each time a post is sent from the forums you are subscribed to. Select the Complete or Daily option if you would prefer these posts to be collated into one email that is received at the end of each day.
  • Forum auto-subscribe: If you do not want to be automatically subscribed to a forum after you have posted to one then select No.
  • : We recommend setting your forum tracking to 'Yes: Highlight new posts for me". This will mean that it is clearer when you access your module that you have new forum posts.


The Quickmail block provides quick access to basic but essential mail options. It allows tutors to email course participants by providing a link to a tool that has options for sending emails to all or group of participants in the course.

RSS Feed Block

A Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed, is a good way of integrating content from outside Moodle, such as a blog, or news feed. You can use the RSS feed block to display feeds from external websites or you can display internal posts from forums such as announcements from module News Forums. 

Upcoming Events Block

The Upcoming Events block displays future events in a summarized list either on your My Moodle page or a module page.

Activity Feed Block

The Activity Feed block lists recent course activity, such as updated resources and activities, forum posts and assignment submissions, since the user last accessed the course. It displays on your My Moodle page and displays as Module updates on modules using the City Course Format. Click Visit in an item to go straight to that activity in situ in its module or click Remove to tidy up your feed.

Forwarding your City University email to a personal email address

Forwarding your City University email to a personal email address

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