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 text editor enables you to add content (eg text, web links, images and media), to discussion forum posts or some essay-type Quiz questions. If you've used a word processor such as Microsoft Word™ or Open Office™, then most of the functionality will be familiar to you.

Do not copy and paste your text directly from Microsoft Word or email into the ATTO text editor as this will produce lots of additional characters and will truncate your summary. To paste your text into a Forum post you need to remove the formatting by copying the text into Notepad. Once copied into Notepad you can copy paste the text into the ATTO text editor.

Opening Notepad

Open Notepad by clicking the Start button  . In the search box, type Notepad, and then, in the list of results, click Notepad.

Formatting text overview

You use the Add link and Unlink icons to create and remove links to other Moodle modules or to external websites.

Step 1: Select the text to become a link and the click the link icon:

Step 2: Type in or paste the web address and check the box for Open in new window:

Step 3: Your link will display in red. You should test that it works.

To remove a link: Select the link and then click the Unlink button

Adding Images

  1. New for 2016: You can now drag an image from Windows Explorer and drop it into the editor window:

  2. You can browse for an image to select it:
Step 1: Click into the text editor at the place you want to add your image. Then click on the image icon.

Step 2: Click on Browse repositories.

Step 3: Click on Browse to find an image on your computer. Or find a file within Mediaspace, Google Drive, Dropbox or Flickr.

Step 4: Choose your file and then click Open.

Step 5: You will see the name of your file displayed to the right of the browse button. Next click Upload this file.

Step 6: Enter a text description of the images to help ensure the content is accessible to all students. Change the image size and alignment options if necessary. Then click Save image.

Step 7: Review your image and then save your changes.

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