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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The User menu is where you can find and update your Moodle Profile, which can be viewed by all other City Moodle users. Your photo will be automatically added. You can update your photo and details about yourself.  When editing your profile, please remember that your Profile and picture can be viewed by the entire City community. In the User menu you can also find your Grades, Media, Messages and Preferences. From the User menu you can also access your Grades, Messages, My Media and change your Preferences for Forum notifications.



You access the User menu from the top right of the screen by clicking on your name.

Then choose Profile to view your personal details.


Then choose Edit profile if you wish to update these details.

Email display

You can choose not to display your City email address to students at City. To hide your email from students select  Hide your email from everyone from the Email display drop-down menu. NB students cannot hide their email addresses from lecturers. Also please note that hiding your email does not prevent lecturers from sending you emails using Moodle.

User picture

It's recommended practice to add a brief biography into the Description field. Your photo will be automatically added, but you can update this. Your photo must be in jpg or png format and will be cropped and resized automatically to 100 x 100 pixels, but do note that this is viewable by the whole of the City community. 


Selecting Grades shows you an overview of the grades you have achieved on each of your modules. Please note that the Course total is often hidden so the Grade column may be empty when you view this report.


Allows you to view your contacts and message history.

My Media

This is where you can view any video or audio files that you have uploaded to MediaSpace.



User account

  • Edit profile: This is just another route to be able to edit your personal details.
  • Preferred language: Note that changing your preferred language here will only affect the Moodle interface and not the actual course content.
  • Forum preferences: See Forum Preferences section below
  • Editor preferences: This can usually be left as 'Default editor'.
  • Notifications: See the Notifications guidance.


  • Here you can manage and download their badges, set privacy levels and connect to their backpack.

Forum Preferences

Forums provide an area where students and lecturers can communicate by posting discussions and replies. Subscription to a forum means that you will receive any posts made to a Moodle forum as an email, to your City email inbox, as well as being able to view it on your Moodle module.This is useful for keeping up to date with posts made within modules. Staff may subscribe you to forums in order to send out important messages about your course or to include you in module activities. To help manage your forum posts there are a few settings within the edit profile that you can change.

  • Email Digest Type: If set to No digest you will receive an email to your City University inbox each time a post is sent from the forums you are subscribed to. Select the Complete or Subjects option if you would prefer these posts to be collated into one email that is received at the end of each day.
  • Forum auto-subscribe: If you do not want to be automatically subscribed to a forum after you have posted to one then select No.
  • Forum tracking: Forum tracking will highlight new posts when you view forums. We recommend setting this to Yes: Highlight new posts for me.

Once you have made changes to your profile, scroll down the page and click Save changes






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