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!

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Collaboration feature for Media@UCSF now available

A new collaboration feature for the Media@UCSF plug-in for the CLE is now available. Transfer ownership of your media to others, add co-editors and co-publishers in the CLE with just a few simple clicks!

What does it do?

You are the owner of the media you upload to the CLE using Media@UCSF plug-in. No one else can manage the media you own unless you add co-editors/co-publishers. This new collaboration feature is helpful when, for example, an instructor wants to allow their co-instructors or TAs to edit the videos they uploaded to the CLE, or when an instructor wishes to share their videos with their colleagues so that they can publish the videos in their CLE courses as well.

Media owners can also transfer media ownership to others. Use cases for this feature include an instructor leaving UCSF or turning over the management of a CLE course to another instructor. NOTE: When you transfer ownership, the original owner will no longer have access to the media. Continue reading