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 in a group. 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.

A Moodle assignment is identified by this icon:

It is important to read assignment instructions carefully as group assignments can be set up in a number of different ways, as listed below. For each of the scenarios listed, the steps to submit assignment file(s) are described below.

Possible scenarios for group submission:

  1. One student submits work on behalf of the group and is not required to click the Submit assignment button. Other group members are required to take no action. When the student has uploaded a file and clicked Save changes, the submitted work is regarded as final for all members of the group.  If the student later submits an alternative file, or if another member of the group uploads a file, earlier file(s) will be replaced with the file submitted closest to the deadline which will be regarded as the final submission.
  2. One student submits work on behalf of the group and is required to click the Submit assignment button. Other group members are required to take no action. When the student has uploaded a file and clicked Save changes, the submission will be regarded as a draft for all members of the group.  The student who submitted the file, or another member of the group, can click Edit submission to upload an alternative file, or click Submit assignment to submit the assignment. Once submitted, the assignment is regarded as final and cannot be changed unless the lecturer releases the submission back to the group.
  3. One student submits on behalf of the group. All other group members are required to click the Submit assignment button to confirm the submission. When the student has uploaded the file and clicked Save changes, the student who has submitted the work, and all the other students in the group, will need to access the assignment and click the Submit assignment button to confirm the submission. Until all students in the group have clicked the Submit assignment button, the submission will show as draft for all students in the group. As each student clicks Submit assignment, they will see a list of those members of the group who still need to confirm the submission. Until all members of the group have clicked Submit assignment, any member of the group can click Edit submission and upload an alternative file. The student who submits the alternative file will need to click Submit assignment to confirm the submission. Any students in the group who have already clicked Submit assignment in relation to this group assignment will not need to click Submit assignment to confirm submission of the updated file. However, any students in the group who have not yet clicked the Submit assignment button will need to do so in order for the assignment to be submitted for grading. When all students in the group have clicked the Submit assignment button, the assignment is regarded as final and cannot be changed unless the lecturer releases the submission back to the group.

If you are unclear of the steps required for your particular group assignment, discuss this with your Course Officer or Lecturer who will be able to advise.

Submitting an assignment file (Steps to be taken by the student who is submitting work on behalf of the group)


  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. The submission page should indicate which group you are in.
  4. If someone within your group has already uploaded a file you should see the file attached (please see example below).

    You can remove the file and replace it with another file and/or add further files dependent on whether the assignment has been set to allow more than one file. 
    IMPORTANT! Please let all other group members know if you have made any changes or added a new file as they will not receive a notification email of any changes. They will only be able to check for changes on the assignment submission page.
  5. Click on Add submission to upload your assignment or if a file is already added, click Edit my Submission.
  6. You may be required to tick a box to agree to 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 Explore).

    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 Upload window will open.

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

    3. Click on Open.

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

    6. 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.

The following additional step(s) are dependent on which group assignment scenario has been set up. All students in the group should check carefully to see if any further action is required by themselves and other members of the group.

Scenario 1: One student submits work on behalf of the group and is not required to click the Submit assignment button. Other group members are required to take no action.

 Scenario 1: Steps to finalise group submission
  1. No further action is required by any student in the group. The file will appear on the page and the submission status will update to 'submitted for grading' for all members of the group.
  2. You will receive a notification within your University email inbox stating that the submission has been added.
  3. To remove the file and replace it with another file and/or add further files dependent on whether the assignment has been set to allow more than one file, follow step 4 above.
    IMPORTANT! Please let all other group members know if you have made any changes or added a new file as they will not receive a notification email of any changes. They will only be able to check for changes on the assignment submission page.

Scenario 2: One student submits work on behalf of the group and is required to click the Submit assignment button. Other group members are required to take no action.

 Scenario 2: Steps to finalise group submission
  1. In this scenario, no action is required by other members of the group. However, there is one further step by the student who has submitted the file.  The file will appear on the page and the submission status will appear as 'Draft (not submitted)'.
  2. To remove the file and replace it with another file and/or add further files dependent on whether the assignment has been set to allow more than one file, click Edit submission and follow step 4 above. IMPORTANT! Please let all other group members know if you have made any changes or added a new file as they will not receive a notification email of any changes. They will only be able to check for changes on the assignment submission page.
  3. To submit the assignment for grading, click Submit assignment. The file(s) will not be sent for grading until Submit assignment is clicked. Once the assignment is submitted, no more updates or changes can be made unless the lecturer releases the submission back to the group.
  4. The submission status will update to 'submitted for grading' for all members of the group.

Scenario 3: One student submits on behalf of the group. All other group members are required to click the Submit assignment button to confirm the submission.

 Scenario 3: Steps to finalise group submission
  1. In this scenario, one member of the group submits work on behalf of the group but all other group members are required to access the assignment (see steps 1 and 2 under 'Submitting an assignment file' above) and click the Submit assignment button. Until all students in the group have clicked the Submit assignment button, the file will appear on the page and the submission will show as 'Draft (not submitted)' for all students in the group.  Each member of the group who still need to click the Submit assignment button will be listed.
  2. To remove the file and replace it with another file and/or add further files dependant on whether the assignment has been set to allow more than one file, click Edit submission and follow step 4 under 'Submitting an assignment file' above. IMPORTANT! Please let all other group members know if you have made any changes or added a new file as they will not receive a notification email of any changes. They will only be able to check for changes on the assignment submission page.

     Each student in the group must open the assignment (see steps 1 and 2 under 'Submitting an assignment file' above) and click Submit assignment, then Continue to confirm the submission. If this process is not completed by all members of the group, the file(s) will not be sent.
  3. After clicking Submit assignment the submission status will still appear as Draft (not submitted) for all students in the group and those members of the group who have not yet clicked Submit assignment will be listed.
  4. The submission can still be edited until all members of the group have clicked Submit assignment. If a student uploads a new file they will need to click Submit assignment to confirm the submission. Any students in the group who have already clicked Submit assignment for the previous file will not need to do so again. Any students in the group who have not yet clicked Submit assignment in relation to this group assignment will need to do so in order for the assignment to be submitted for grading.
  5. Once all group members have clicked Submit assignment, no more updates or changes can be made unless the lecturer releases the submission back to the group. The submission status will update to 'submitted for grading' for all members of the group.

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 and that you also let all your group members know that you have made changes to the submission. 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.

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