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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Not all lecturers choose to use lecture capture so you should not assume that lecture capture recordings will always be available in each Moodle module.

Where lecturers choose to use it, the system is there to help you look back over the lecture, improve your notes and to aid revision. Recordings are not a substitute for attending lectures!

Finding lecture capture recordings on Moodle

Lecture capture recordings will normally be made available to you in the relevant Moodle modules. You can view these via the link to Lecture Capture on your Module Dashboard.

On some modules your lecture capture recordings may be available via an Echo360 block on your Moodle courses. Look for the block on the right hand side of the page:

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The Echocentre

Click on this link to Lecture Capture to go to the Echocentre. This is a webpage which lists all the recordings for the module you are currently looking at on Moodle. To view recordings for other modules, you will need to go to the relevant module in Moodle.

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Using lecture capture recordings

The recording will open in a new window (click on the image below to enlarge):

This is an example of a Lecture Capture showing you an overview of the Echocentre.


  1. The recording of the lecturer's presentation (e.g. PowerPoint slides) appears here

  2. If the lecturer requested it, a secondary video of the lecture will appear here. If this video was not requested, this area will appear blank

  3. Click on the box to make this window full-screen, or click on the cross to close this window

  4. Click on for a slide-sorter view. Each slide or different page in the presentation will be displayed in a list. Click on a slide to advance to that point in the recording

    Click on to display information about the recording and the lecturer's contact details

    Click on for links to help and guidance

  5. Click and drag the cursor to advance or reverse through the recording quickly. As you drag the cursor, small previews of the presentation slides are displayed allowing you to easily find the section you are looking for

  6. Click on to go back to the start of the presentation

    Click on to pause and to restart the recording

    Click on to go to the next scene/slide in the presentation

    If you hold the mouse over the button you can adjust the playback speed, from half speed to double speed:

    If you hold the mouse over the button you can adjust the volume:

  7. Click on to reset the windows back to their original positions

    Click on the buttons to hide the various windows (click again to bring them back)

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