Customize Your CLE Course With Course Formats

collapsed topics image introThe CLE is used across UCSF for Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy education and much more. Each school and department has their own unique needs, and faculty can choose from a number of course formats to customize the layout of their CLE course to best meet these needs.

If you have used the CLE, you are likely familiar with the Topics course format, the default in CLE courses. While the Topics format and the other five course formats are awesome, we want to take this opportunity to highlight one of our favorites – the Collapsed Topics course format.

You may have read about the Collapsed Topics course format in the CLE Improvements for Fall 2015 blog post. We have been busy getting to know the new course formats and documenting use cases, best practices, and instructions for using each.

Let’s take a closer look at the Collapsed Topics course format:


Streamline the look of your course! The Collapsed Topics course format helps organize your CLE course and eliminate the “scroll of death.” With this course format, course content is tucked away within individual topics. Topics can be expanded and collapsed with a single click. Topics will remain expanded or collapsed on a per course, per student basis.

Use Case

The Collapsed Topics course format is great for any academic or collaboration CLE course with a large number of resources and activities.


To apply the Collapsed Topics course format to your CLE course:

  1. Navigate to the CLE course (you will need to have an editing role in the course to change course formats)
  2. From the Administration block, click Edit Settings
  3. Scroll down and expand the Course Format section
  4. From the Format drop-down menu, select Collapsed Topics
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button

The Collapsed Topics course format will now be used in your course. You can always change the course format by returning to the Edit Settings page in the course and selecting another format.

Get Help

Take time to review your course and the newly applied course format. Return to the Edit Settings page to continue to customize course format settings to better meet your needs.

For detailed instructions on customizing the format, click the Collapsed Topics tab in the Course Formats document located in the Learning Tech Support Center.

course format docHave questions about using the Collapsed Topics or any of the five other course formats in your CLE course? Attend a Tech Clinic at the UCSF Library, contact a Learning Tech Specialist, or leave a comment below!

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