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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A wiki is a collaboratively developed series of webpages. Each time a person makes changes to a page, that revision of the content becomes the current version, and an older version is stored. Edits can be reverted if necessary. You might be asked to work on a class wiki, a small group wiki or you might be required to develop an individual wiki.

Navigate the wiki

When you click on a link to the wiki from your module homepage, you will view the Start page and the activity instructions which will outline how you are expected to use the wiki.

  • Your module leader may have created additional pages or sections and these will appear underneath Start page.
  • To see a full list of the contents click the Wiki index link at the top right corner of the wiki page.

Editing a page

  1. Click on the title of the page you want to edit.
  2. To edit the page click on the Edit page link below the page title, OR click the Edit tab above the page name.
  3. Type your text into the HTML editor. You can add links to documents, websites or add images.
  4. Once you have finished adding/editing and marking up the content you can choose to Preview or Save your work.

If you are using the wiki collaboratively please note that:

  • All users in your group can edit pages created by other users. Be careful to avoid unintentional deletion or editing. You might want to use the annotate functionality to agree on changes before you make them. If enabled by your module leader, this option will appear next to the edit page option on top of a wiki page.
  • You cannot edit a page if another user is editing the page or any section within the page. You will be informed who is editing and you can choose Try again or Cancel.

Adding and Linking a page

There are two ways in which new wiki pages can be created and linked to the existing pages. The first method is easier and saves time (good for adding a number of wiki pages at the same time), while the second method can also be used in some scenarios.

Method 1

  1. Click on the title of the page you want to Add and Link a page to

  2. To link and create page on the current page, click on the Edit page link below the page title, OR click the Edit tab above the page name.
  3. Navigate to the section where you want to link the page and then enter the name of the new wiki page inside [[double square brackets]]
  4. Once you have finished you can choose to Preview or Save your work.
  5. You will see the new page linked to the current wiki page. Clicking on the link will give you an option to create.
  6. Click Create to create and start editing the new page.

Method 2

  1. Click on the title of the page you want to Add and Link a page to

  2. To Create a new page, input your page name in Create New Page option and click Create
  3. To link the newly created page to the current page, click on the Edit page link below the page title, OR click the Edit tab above the page name.
  4. Navigate to the section where you want to link the page and then enter the name of the new wiki page inside [[double square brackets]]
  5. Once you have finished you can choose to Preview or Save your work.

Create a section

To lay out your pages in a structured way you might want to use sections.

  1. Click on the title of the page that you want to add a section to
  2. Click on Edit page to open up the HTML creator
  3. You can divide a page into sections using headings - choose the level of heading from the drop-down menu in the HTML editor tool bar.

Alternatively you can type the section you want to add in the Add new section to this page input field which is available at the bottom of each page and click on Add.

Revert changes made to content

  1. To view the history and changes to a page click on the title of the page on which you want to view the history
  2. Click the History tab at the top of the page
  3. Click on View to see older versions
  4. To compare different versions select the versions you want to compare by ticking the boxes next to the relevant versions
  5. Click on Compare selected

The older version is shown on the left and deleted text is highlighted. Added text is indicated in the newer version.

  1. To revert the changes made, click Revert.

Note:

  • The Wiki changes link at the top of the screen shows you a list of all edits made to the whole wiki.
  • The date, time, page title, a link to view the version or changes and the person who edited it are all displayed and linked in the table.
  • You can also view contributions listed by different people.
  • Revert is NOT available under Wiki changes.
  • A feed of this information is available if you wish to be updated of changes made by selecting RSS from the Wiki changes page. Click on Subscribe Now to add the feed to your web-browser.

 

Sources:

  1. http://www.csalt.lancs.ac.uk/csalt/support/OU-wiki-guide_demo.pdf

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