Digital Media Creation Tools

Digital Media Tools graphicDid you know that the Tech Commons has applications and resources available to help you create a variety of digital media projects?

With so many tech tools at your disposal, it can be confusing which application to use. In this post, we’ll give you an overview of our most popular applications and how you can use them for your digital media projects.

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Sneak Peek at the New CLE

The UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) is getting an update! The CLE (powered by Moodle) will be upgraded from version 2.7 to 3.2 on July 1, 2017. Although we are still working on finalizing some details, we would like to give you a quick heads-up that some exciting new features are coming your way.

Here are some highlights of the most notable updates:

  • Global Search—This long-awaited feature is finally with us! With this powerful search tool, you can search everywhere on the CLE that you have access to. A student can search their courses for particular lecture notes, for example, or an instructor could search for subject-related activities.

 

  • Recycle Bin—You no longer need to panic when you accidentally delete something you didn’t mean to. The Recycle Bin allows course instructors and managers to retrieve course elements they have mistakenly deleted. Category Managers can also restore courses.

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Go Beyond the Basics with the New Advanced Techniques in the CLE Course!

We are pleased to announce a new online workshop designed to teach you the advanced features of the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)!

This online training is self-paced and covers the intermediate and advanced features of the CLE such as organizing course materials, generating activity reports, applying restrictions, and creating Groups and Groupings. The course also includes sections that cover the Quiz activity and the Gradebook.

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New Way to Reserve Equipment

Equipment reservation home pageAt long last, our equipment reservation calendar is online and available to users. The days of emailing or calling Tech Commons staff to check on equipment availability are over (we know, we’ll miss it too)! With just a few clicks, you can view an online calendar, and then reserve equipment for pick up in our CL240 lab.

Our reservation policies remain the same, though you will no longer be required to sign a paper form during pick up. Instead, the policies are presented to you during the online reservation process. Thank you for helping us Live Green! Continue reading

Students Grading Students in the CLE

Incorporating peer assessment into your curriculum is an effective method for getting students involved in the teaching and learning process. The CLE provides a tool for that very purpose, called the Workshop activity. It doesn’t meet everyone’s needs, however. For one thing, the set up process is complex and it is difficult to maintain. Also, the grading process is challenging to understand, because students are graded on their ability to accurately assess others, instead of allowing students to actually assign grades directly to their peers.

If you are daring enough to allow students to directly grade their peers, we have an alternative idea for you; using the Forum activity and its built-in ratings feature. This method does require some planning, but it works!

Here is an outline of the general set up process. Please contact us for help, or attend a Tech Clinic for step-by-step help with this method: Continue reading