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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This guidance page introduces you to the navigation features available in your module.


  1. The floating navigation bar can be used to quickly navigate.
  • My Moodle returns you to the My Moodle homepage.
  • Favourties enables you to move between modules that you have favourited on your My Moodle page. (This menu will only appear once you have favourited one or more modules)
  • My Modules menu enables you to move between modules.
  • Module menu enables you to jump to a particular section of the module and to add the module to your Favourites menu.
  • Help & Support provides quick links to guidance on using educational technology and a link to the IT Service Desk to report technical problems.
  • User menu is where you can update your photo which appears when you post to activities such as Forums. From User menu you can also manage your Notifications and access your media files from My Media. Log out is also available from User menu

2. The module image provides a visual identify for your Module page and helps you to identify which modules have updates using the Activity Feed and Upcoming Events blocks on the My Moodle page.

3. Moodle leaves a breadcrumb trail for you to trace back as you move between content.

  • Clicking on the home icon will take you to your My Moodle homepage.
  • The second element of the breadcrumb is the short module code. Click on this to get to the homepage of the module. The next element refers to the topic you are viewing or the activity type. In the image below this is the Assessment topic and clicking on this tab would return you to the Assessment topic in the module. The rest of the breadcrumb trail refers to the name of the Forum (Questions related to Assignment 1) and the discussion topic opened within this Forum (You can use this forum area to ask questions about assessment)

4. There is a ‘fullscreen’ mode which allows you to expand the central module content and hide the blocks. This feature is particularly useful when working on your module on a mobile or tablet device. Click enter Fullscreen to open this mode and click exit fullscreen on the top right of the module page to return to normal view.

5.Typically your Moodle modules will be arranged in two columns using the City Course Format with additional information and functionality provided via blocks on the right-hand side of the module. Commonly used blocks are Module updates (providing list of updates to your module) and Module events (e.g. assignment deadlines).

6. The Dashboard provides Quick Links to important services and functionality in Moodle and Activities available in your module.

7. Your module will be organised in sections represented as topics or weeks in the main column. Typically these will be presented in a collapsed format to provide you with a quick overview of module content. Module content is delivered in the form of Resources and Activities.

Resources are your course content which can be delivered in a variety of formats including word docs, PDFs, PowerPoints, webpages, and links to external websites. Lecturers provide resources on Moodle to increase opportunities for you to review and revise module content and help you to structure your study-time outside of your face-to-face taught sessions.

 Icons for different resources

PowerPoint file to download

Word document to download

Book. Multipage Moodle resource which can contain links and multimedia.

Folder which can contain a selection of different file types.

Page of content which can contain images and multimedia.
External weblink

Video or audio resource

Activities increase opportunities for you to participate in the module online and to connect with your peers  Your Lecturer may require you to submit an Assignment online undertake a Quiz, participate in a discussion Forum, contribute to a Glossary or Database or collaborate on a wiki.

 Icons for different activities






Link to external tools such as Reading Lists Online, Lecture Capture and City Lib Guides.



Group Choice

H5P Interactive Content


OU Wiki




Turnitin Assignment

 Video assignment




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