This year’s Teaching & Learning Center Day brought together faculty and staff from all of our schools to learn and to share. Several presenters conducted workshops or participated on panels to share their experiences applying technology to teaching. Workshop presenters included faculty and staff from Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medicine, as well as the Kanbar Center, Educational Technology Services, the Learning Technology Group, the Library and ITS. Over 80 attendees learned about tools and techniques for simulation-based learning, presentations, copyright compliance, and video collaboration.
An enthusiastic crowd filled the Tech Commons for the keynote presentation at the lunch hour. Continue reading →
Recently, you may have a noticed that the spellchecker icon in the CLE’s text editor has completely vanished! How could this have happened, you ask? The short story is that Moodle (the e-learning platform that powers the CLE) was borrowing Google’s Spell service, which Google has now discontinued.
Nevertheless, this begs the question: what will those of us who perpetually misspell words like “rhythm” or mix up whether it’s the “i” or the “e” that comes first do to cope and keep our pride intact?
No worries, everyone! There are some handy workarounds that are already built into internet browsers. Pfew! Take a look at the chart below or follow the Spellcheck support document created by LTG to determine the steps you can take to view spelling suggestions for any misspelled words you find in the CLE text editor (depending on whether you use a PC or Mac computer and which internet browser you use).
Internet Explorer (v9)
Unfortunately, there is no shortcut
Please note these are the functions of the latest versions of each browser, so results may vary if your browser is not up to date. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these shortcuts and we’ll be sure to let you know if the spellchecker once again becomes available as a built-in feature of the CLE!
Activity completion is a new feature in the CLE that many users may not know exists. I recently completed the first Moodle MOOC, that used activity completion (or tracking). I found the feature very helpful for tracking progress in the online course and to quickly pick up where I left off in my learning. Enabling activity completion reduces the amount of time students spend scrolling through a CLE course to find the current topic or week.
I’m so happy to be here to help support the faculty, staff, and students at UCSF! I just moved across the country from the Washington D.C area, so not only do I have this awesome new job with the LTG, but I have an awesome new city to explore, too! I bring to UCSF several years of experience designing and developing online courses with specific expertise in using Moodle and Articulate.
Before joining UCSF, I was a Senior Training Specialist at Management Sciences for Health, an international development non-profit. I also previously worked at The George Washington University, the American Psychological Association, and the Corporate Executive Board. To date, I’ve earned an M.A. in Human Organizational Learning and a B.A. in Psychology.
Outside of the office, I like to work on creative projects with sewing and paper crafts, go to yoga and fitness classes, and enjoy great conversation with good people. I live with my husband, Tim, and our two adorable cats, Niko and Puka.
With the rest of the LTG team, I’m located on the 2nd floor of the Library at Parnassus. Stop by and say hi; I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!