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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You will be able to your access feedback and grades within Moodle once they have been released by your lecturer. You may receive a message indicating the your work has been marked but you will need to click on your grades option to check if the marks have been released. If the marks are not visible it is likely that they are not ready to be released at this point.

Please note that in accordance with City University policy, any marks received are provisional, subject to consideration by the Assessment board and approval by Senate.



What to do with your feedback?

Feedback can be given in multiple formats. Not all your feedback will be written; you might also receive general feedback on common strengths and areas for development during your lectures or seminars or you could be asked to review model answers to help you to identify how you could improve your assessments.

It is important that you read/listen to the feedback that your lecturers or peers provide you with in order to improve upcoming assignments. Below are some top tips to help you to make the most of your feedback.

  1. Take time to read your feedback and make sure you understand it.
  2. Look for patterns in your feedback. What areas are you strongest at? Which areas require development?
  3. Revisit the assessment criteria as you read your feedback and start self-assessing your own work. Can you start to identify your strengths and areas for development?
  4. You might find it useful to undertake some study skills development before your next assignment. Have a look at the Learning Success module for information about academic skills workshops and 1-1 study skills sessions.
  5. Create an action plan or keep a learning journal to ensure that you keep track of how you plan on using your feedback on future assignments.

Click on the link to Grades from your Module Dashboard

If your module does not have a Dashboard click on the  Module Menu in the top navigation bar. Click on the link to Grades within the Module Menu. This will take you to your individual User report with your grade listings and feedback.

User report

The User report will list your individual grades as well as the overall grade for the module you are accessing if this is available. Your grade is displayed in the Grade column and your feedback may sometimes be displayed in the Feedback column.






Accessing assignment feedback files

If your module leader saves your feedback as a PDF, word document or other external file you will be able to access the feedback by clicking on the assignment title from the Grade item column.

  1. Click on the title of the assignment from the Grade item column.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page to access your feedback and grade. If a feedback file has been attached click on the feedback file and download and open the file to read your feedback.









If you have not yet submitted your assignment clicking on the Grade item will take you to the submission area.

Overview report

You can view an overview of Grades for all your modules by clicking on the Overview report tab. This report displays the Course total column from module Gradebooks. Please note that the Course total is often hidden so the Grade column may be empty when you view the Overview report.







You can also access the Overview report by clicking on the Choose an action... drop-down menu within the Grades area.


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