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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The Database activity module allows the teacher and/or students to build, display, and search a bank of recorded entries about a topic. The Database is most often used as a collaborative activity in Moodle, where students are assigned to add the entries.

Contributing to a Database can vary depending on how it has been set up by the instructor.

Follow the instructions below to contribute to a database activity.

  1. In your Moodle course, locate and click the link to a Database Activity that your instructor has set up.
  2. You will see the name and description of the database on the top and a navigation bar with options to View list, View single, Search and Add entry.
  3. To contribute to the Database, click on the Add entry tab and populate the fields that your instructor has set up

     Click here to see a list of different types of fields...
    • Checkbox (checkbox(es) to select one or multiple choices)
    • Radio buttons (radio buttons to select a choice)
    • Date (insert a date)
    • File (upload a file)
    • Latitude/Longitude (enter Lat/Long)
    • Menu (drop down menu)
    • Multi-select menu (same as above but multiple selections)
    • Number (insert a number)
    • Picture (upload a picture)
    • Text (a simple one line text area)
    • Text Area (a customizable sized HTML box)
    • URL (insert a link)
  4. The example below illustrates a Database with entry fields for Text, Picture, URL, Text area and Menu.

  5. After completing the fields, click Save and view to view your entry, or Save and add another if you wish to add another entry.

Note: Your instructor may require you to add a number of entries yourself before you can view other students' entries.


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