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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Moodle enables you to submit assignments online. You must submit all parts of your assignment prior to the assignment deadline. Ensure you are familiar with your School's policy on assignment submission prior to undertaking an assignment. Please ensure that you give yourself adequate time to submit your assignment online. We recommended putting aside at least 15 minutes to submit your first assignment online. For subsequent assignments, make sure you give yourself at least 10 minutes before the deadline to submit your assignment.

A Moodle assignment is identified by this icon:

 


Submitting an assignment file

  1. Click on the Assignment title from the relevant topic or section in the module homepage. You may also have quick links at the top of the page using your modules dashboard.
  2. Your online submission area will open. Read the instructions carefully to ensure that you have completed the assignment correctly. Please note; there will be limits set on the file size or the amount of files you can submit.

  3. Please view or download any additional files that may have been added for use in the assignment, such as example submissions or answer templates. The files will be available under the instructions in the assignment description.

     

  4. Click on Add submission to upload your assignment.

     

    If your lecturer is using Turnitin within the Moodle assignment, and if this is your first time submitting to Turnitin, you might also be presented with the statement shown below.  There is currently no box to check but you will need to click on the link to confirm your acceptance of Turnitin's End-User License Agreement (EULA).

     Click on the link to read and accept the agreement. If you do not accept the EULA, your assignment will only be partially submitted.

    The TurnitinUK User Agreement will open up in a new window, unless your browser has pop-up blocking turned on.

    To view the blocked pop-up page follow the steps below:

     

     Firefox

    When the pop-up window is blocked you will be able to see a message as shown below

    To view the agreement page click on options and then allow popups for moodle.city.ac.uk

     

     

     Chrome

    Chrome will display a message in the address bar to indicate that it has blocked a pop-up page.

     

     

     Internet Explorer
     Internet Explorer will display a message on the bottom of the page to indicate that a pop-up page has been blocked

    Click on Allow once if you wish to only see the current blocked page.

    We recommend you to select the option to Always allow from Options for this site menu.

     

    If your pop-ups are blocked initially and you then unblock them you will need to click on the link to read and accept the Turnitin agreement again.

    Read and click I agree – continue to the TurnitinUK User Agreement. If you do not click I agree you will not be able to submit your assignment to Turnitin.

    After clicking I agree – continue you will briefly see a message confirming that you have accepted the latest User agreement.

    Click outside the confirmation box. Click the Add submission link again.

    If you are prompted again to accept the User Agreement return to the module homepage. Select the link to the Turnitin assignment. Click the Submit Paper link and the User Agreement will not appear and you can submit your assignment.

  5. The File submissions screen will open.
  6. You may be required to tick a box to agree an assessment declaration.



  7. To submit your assignment you can simply drag and drop your assignment file(s) from your computer desktop or file manager. 

     Drag and drop method

    1. Open windows explorer to navigate to your files (right mouse click on Start and select Explorer).

    2. Navigate to the drive on which the file is saved.

    3. Resize the explorer window, so that the browser and the Moodle module are visible.

    4. Click and hold on the relevant file that you want to upload to Moodle and drag it into the file submissions box.  

    5. Drop your file onto into the box by releasing the click. This may take a few moments so please be patient.

    6. The file will appear in the box when it has been uploaded.
      Submitting multiple files - If you are required to submit more that one file as part of your assignment repeat these steps for each of the files that you are required to upload. Please refer to your module leader and the assignment instructions for information on the number of files that you are required to submit and the file size.

    Alternatively, you can use the manual method by clicking on the Add icon on the top left of the upload tool. 

     Manual method
    1. Once you have clicked on the Add icon a File picker window will open.

    2. Ensure Upload a file is selected. Click Choose File  

    3. Browse to the drive on your computer where your file is saved. Select the file that you want to upload.

    4. Click on Open.

    5. You will be brought back to your assignment submission area and the file will appear in the box.
    6. Click Upload this file.

    7. Your assignment submission area will display your uploaded file.
      Submitting multiple files - If you are required to submit more that one file as part of your assignment repeat these steps for each of the files that you are required to upload. Please refer to your module leader and the assignment instructions for information on the number of files that you are required to submit and the file size.

  8. Click Save Changes to save your submission.

     

  9. The file will appear on the page and your submission status will update to 'submitted for grading'. If your lecturer is using Turnitin with this assignment and if your file has been successfully submitted to Turnitin, you will see you a unique Turnitin ID for your submission.


  10. You will receive a notification within your University email inbox stating that the submission has been added.
  11. In some instances you may be required to click a Submit assignment button in order to send your submission for marking. If you leave the submission page after uploading an assignment  file, the file will remain on the page however your lecturer will not receive it unless you click Submit assignment. Please be aware that after clicking the Submit button you will not be able to edit your submission unless the lecturer releases the submission back to you so be sure you are happy with your submission.

Deleting an uploaded assignment

If you delete an assignment it is your responsibility to ensure that you then submit the correct file before the deadline. Your lecturer will be able to see if you have deleted an assignment but will not be able to access the file and it will not be counted as a submission. 

If you have uploaded the wrong file as part of your assignment you will be able to delete the file prior to the assignment deadline (unless the Submit Assignment button has been enabled, see above).

  1. To delete an uploaded assignment click on Edit my submission on the bottom of your assignment submission status page
  2. This will open the File Submission tool. Click on the file you wish to delete.
  3. Selecting the file you wish to delete will open a File Edit window. (If you simply want to change the name of your file update the name and click Update).
  4. Click Delete and then click OK. Please be aware that the submission status will remain as submitted for grading.
  5. Ensure you then upload the correct file and Save changes.
  6. You will receive a notification within your University email inbox stating that the submission has been added.

Viewing assignment submission

You can view the assignment you submitted by clicking on the link to the assignment from your module homepage and your assignment will be viewable in the Submission status area. The date and time you submitted the assignment is available on the submission status along with the file(s) you have submitted.  IMPORTANT! Do not click on Edit my Submission after the due date as this will count as an edit to your work and therefore your work will be marked as late.

Resubmitting an assignment when another attempt is granted

  • You might receive another attempt to submit your assignment if there has been a technical issue with Moodle. To do this:
  • Click on the link to the assignment that has been reopened for you.
  • Click Add a new attempt (the 2nd button on the screen).


  • The file submission screen will open. Click on the Add icon or drag and drop you assignment into the file submission window.
  • Click Save changes

If your lecturer is using Turnitin within the Moodle assignment, you may see the error message below when you are adding a new attempt. Please ignore this message and proceed with the new attempt.

 

Accessing feedback and grade

  1.  Click on the Assignment title from the relevant topic or section in the module homepage. You may also have quick links at the top of the page using your modules dashboard. Your online submission area will open. 
  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.

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