We are well into the Spring 2015 semester and want to remind everyone of the following UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) and multimedia support resources available through the UCSF Library and Learning Technologies Group.
The CLE offers a number of methods for communication within a course, including forums, live chat, and an internal messaging system. If you want to contact course participants fast, however, each of these methods can fall short. Unless course editors and participants are logged in at the same time, or regularly viewing their courses, it is easy to miss updates because email notifications can be delayed anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, or longer if a user has changed their notification preferences.
Enter: The Quickmail block! With Quickmail, you can push an email from within your CLE course to any number of course participants or groups, directly and immediately to their UCSF email inbox.
For the second consecutive year, Moodle has offered a MOOC (massively open online course) for the millions of global Moodle users. Although the 2015 MOOC has come to an end, Moodle has made all of the instructional videos available on YouTube.
As you may have already heard, Media@UCSF is fully integrated with the CLE, and provides instructors and students with tools to create and share videos in a course. We have been using this feature in the CLE since the Fall, and it’s been working great. And now we are excited to announce that one of its additional features, the Media Gallery, is fully deployed and ready for use!
What is the Media Gallery, who can add video to it, and how can it be used in a course? Here are a few highlights:
Today, we made some changes to the CLE interface based on feedback we received from users since the new interface was released last summer. This short post provides some details on these changes.
The login-logout and help links that appear at the top right of CLE pages will now remain visible at all times. Previously, as the screen size decreased (e.g., on tablets and smartphones), these links would disappear and move into the menu icon (also known as the hamburger icon). One needs to tap on the menu icon to view these links. Some users found this confusing and didn’t realize that they had to tap the menu icon to see the logout link. Now, these links remain on the page at all times. Also, since these links no longer move into the menu icon, we have moved the menu icon down to the menu bar. The menu icon will only appear when the page shrinks to the point where the menu can no longer fit on the page. As before, tapping the menu icon will open the menu.
Prior to the interface update, course content on an iPad in portrait orientation could sometimes be confined to a small part of the screen. Course blocks (e.g., navigation) would still be present and force the main content area into a small space.
Now, after the update, the main course content area will now fill the entire page on iPads in portrait orientation, and any course blocks will move down below the main content area. This will permit important content, such as the Ilios course calendar, to occupy the entire width of the screen, making it much more useable.
We hope you like these changes. We will continue to improve the CLE interface based on feedback we receive. Please continue to let us know if you any ideas on how the CLE can be improved, either by completing the short CLE Refresh Survey, or contacting the Learning Technologies Group.