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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For Students

 

 

 What is being upgraded?

Moodle is being upgraded from version 2.4 to 2.6. Together with the software upgrade we are also improving the look and feel, the My Moodle page and upgrading lots of the third-party plugins we use to integrate Moodle with other systems. As part of this work we are also carrying out some server upgrades but these will take place before and after the main Moodle upgrade and won't make any noticeable difference except hopefully speeding up page load times.

 What is changing?

There are some improvements coming in Moodle 2.6. Below are some of the highlights;

Assessment

  • Improved handling of resubmissions for Assignment
  • Ability to provide feedback on Moodle PDF assignments using online annotation tool

  • Auto-saving on essay questions in Quiz

  • Improved certainty-based marking in Quiz

Content creation and display

  • New html editor with simplified toolbars and better use on mobile and tablet devices

  • New drag and drop capabilities for images

  • Folders can be set up to display contents on module home page

Look and feel

Some of the following improvements have come about as a result of user testing carried out by LEaD/IS in the past year with staff and students at City;

  • Improved experience on mobile and tablet devices
  • New 'full screen' mode allows you to expand the central module content and hide the blocks
  • Improvements for accessibility / readability
  • My Modules menu will list modules by academic year for ease of use
  • Module listing on My Moodle page simplified with the removal of the information icon next to modules
  • Activity feed and upcoming events blocks improved
 When will Moodle be unavailable?

Moodle will be unavailable for 12 hours from midnight (12am BST) on Saturday 12th July until midday (12pm BST) for the main upgrade. When Moodle becomes available at midday (12pm BST) there will be a further 'at risk' period of 12 hours. Each Tuesday in the month before and after 12th July Moodle will be unavailable during the scheduled Moodle Maintenance period 7.00 am - 9.00 am BST for server upgrades.

 What does 'at risk' mean?

Moodle will be 'at risk' for 12 hours after the upgrade on 12th July. During this time we may need to carry out small changes to the system which may slow it down or make it unavailable for short periods.

 Why is the upgrade being done in July?

We know that Moodle activity drops significantly by end of June. Because this upgrade requires a longer period of downtime we couldn't schedule it during peak periods or exam time. We consulted with the schools to find a suitable time where the impact would be minimised. The schools are working with their staff and students to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.

 Will any of the existing content in Moodle be affected?

No. All existing content in your modules will remain and will be unaffected. Due to changes in the theme design we are resetting module header images (where they have been used) and these will be temporarily unavailable. We will be adding them back in over August ready for September.

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