Stealth Activities in the CLE!

Stealth mode imageDid you know that you could place any Activity or Resource into Stealth Mode? If you’re not sure what Stealth Mode is, no need to worry, the Learning Tech Group is here to explain!

What is Stealth Mode?
Earlier versions of the CLE allowed activities (or resources) to be hidden inside “extra” weeks or topics, but still be accessible to students. These were known as “orphaned” activities and allowed instructors and course staff to achieve particular designs for their courses.
In January 2018, The CLE was upgraded to Moodle version 3.3 and now you can place any activity or resource into “stealth mode” which is helpful when you would like to link to resources and activities from a page or book but do not want to display the item within the section.
Watch the video below for a brief overview on Stealth Activities and how to use them in your course.
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Customize your CLE dashboard

On December 29th, 2017, the CLE received an update. The most noticeable change happened on the dashboard page, which received a new Course Overview block. This updated block brings new functionality to the CLE, but it also prevents students from customizing the order in which their courses are listed. We expect this block to improve in future updates. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You can use the Recent Courses and Favorite Courses blocks instead. Please review the video below for a demonstration. If you are interested in learning more about other new features in the CLE, please click here. Thank you and good luck!

CLE Upgrade Coming Dec. 29

UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) is getting an update. The CLE (powered by Moodle) will be upgraded from version 3.2 to 3.3 on December 29, 2017 and will be unavailable from 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM (PT) to complete the upgrade.

Although this upgrade will introduce a few new features which will benefit all CLE users, this post will focus on the most notable change—Course Overview block. We’ll introduce the other new features in our future posts so please stay tuned!

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Recap of the DevLearn Conference

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In October, I had the opportunity to attend the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those of you who are not familiar with DevLearn, the event is sponsored by the eLearning Guild and showcases tools, technologies, ideas, strategies, and best practices for eLearning. There were approximately 3,200 attendees who were in various eLearning roles such as Instructional Technologists, Instructional Designers, Training Coordinators, Project Managers, and Developers. Attendees came as far as Australia and Dubai representing organizations such as Amazon, Boeing, Comcast, eLearning Brothers, and PG&E to name a few.My personal agenda for attending this conference was to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the Learning industry and to learn about the latest technologies, so that I could prepare myself for what’s coming. This conference fit perfectly for my goal because the theme for 2017 was “The Future Is Here,” and the sessions looked ahead to anticipate and plan for the future of eLearning.

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Goodbye Articulate Studio, Hello Camtasia

camtasia logoArticulate Studio has been a popular tool in our service catalog for many years. Educators have used the application to build narrated PowerPoint presentations for hundreds of courses in the CLE. Like many applications, however, it has become outdated, and we consequently will be discontinuing support at the end of 2017. We have you covered, though, because we are equipped with the latest version of a similar tool, called Camtasia, and we are poised to help you with the transition! Continue reading