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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Poll Everywhere allows you to answer questions in class, vote on polls and automatically get feedback on those questions using your own devices.

To vote, you have two main options: by opening the poll in a web enabled device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.), or texting your answer to a phone number. Instructions to both are given below the question and the options have a key number you use to vote by text. 

If you’re voting by connecting to the web, Eduroam is free for you to connect, and if you’re voting by texting, it will be the price of a text message, or free if you have a message package.

Studies have shown that using student response systems like Poll Everywhere in class can help you test your understanding and overcome barriers to it, retain information better and understand it more deeply. 

 Participating in polls

To participate, you need to be connected to the Internet, or vote by texting. To learn how to connect to Eduroam, if you're at the University, please click here.

When your lecturer asks a question with Poll Everywhere, you will see instructions on how to vote:

How the poll your lecturer is running looks like. Click to enlarge.

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If you are connected to the Internet, on your device:

  1. Open your browser or download the app from Google Play or the App Store.
  2. Go to the web address shown (the one above is an example).
  3. Choose the option you believe is correct.

How to vote on your phone, tablet, or laptop.Click to enlarge.

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If you're voting by text message:

  1. Text the keyword to the given number (the one above is just an example).
  2. Text the option letter you want to vote on (A, B, C, etc.).

How to vote by SMS.Click to enlarge.

 After using Poll Everywhere: checking your Response History

Answering polls over a long period of time allows you to reflect on the taught content and participate in class. Checking your Response History allows you to see to what polls you've answered and, if they are marked as correct/incorrect, to check on how many correct and incorrect answers you gave. This might be helpful to trace back your participation and when deciding what to remediate or revise. Do keep in mind that you will only be able to see your Response History if you don't delete your browser history.

If you are using a mobile device, or tablet:

  1. Open your browser
  2. Go to http://www.polleverywhere.com
  3. Click on the hamburger icon
  4. Check your Response History.

Click to enlarge. How to check your Response History on a mobile. When polls have correct/incorrect answers, the correct answers you gave are marked with a green check; incorrect ones are marked with a red cross.


If you are using a computer:

  1. Open your browser
  2. Go to your lecturer's Poll Everywhere link.
  3. Log in.
  4. Click on the hamburger icon
  5. Check your Response History.

 

 Help and troubleshooting

If you need any help with Poll Everywhere:

  1. Check their FAQ page, it might solve your query.
  2. If it doesn't, please log in a Service Now query explaining your Poll Everywhere problem and we'll get in touch to work with you to solve it.
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