About Sean Gabriel McClelland

Sean is the Lead Learning Technologies Specialist in the UCSF Library. His specialties include instructional technology, multimedia development, technical training and support, presentation design, and photography.

The CLE Update for June 2018 is here!

Each year, we apply updates to the CLE that bring new features and capabilities. On the morning of Saturday, June 30th, the CLE received one of those updates, and it brings a number of exciting changes that will enhance the user experience. The tutorial video, help document and links provided below offer details on the most notable changes!

Participants page update 2018In addition to the new Boost theme, the participants and enrollment methods pages have also received updates. Those two pages have been combined into a new Participants page where course editors can get an accurate student count, enroll users and manage groups. Please check out our help document for more information.

Other minor changes that have been applied include the following:

  • Easier management of CLE calendar items, including drag-and-drop events
  • Global search improvements that allow you to search courses that you have access to, but aren’t enrolled in
  • Improvement to activity completion for instructors, allowing them to manually mark items as complete on behalf of students
  • More file upload restriction options for instructors who are setting up assignments
  • And more! See this Moodle.org article for details.

And finally, the CLE is using a new system called Font Awesome to support toolbar icons, so you will notice an updated look to the buttons on the HTML toolbar editor. The buttons are the same, they just look a bit different.toolbar editor iconsIf you have any questions about these new features, please don’t hesitate to contact the Learning Tech Group. Thank you, and have a great summer!

CLE Update Coming Soon!

updated CLE course page 2Early in the morning on Saturday, June 30th, the CLE will receive its next round of updates. This will bring a more modern and accessible theme, consolidate the participant and enrollment pages, and introduce additional minor enhancements. We’ll have more details and instructions closer to the update. Here are some highlights to get you ready! Continue reading

Add Quizzes to your CLE Videos

The Media@UCSF plug-in empowers course editors and students to create, upload and share video content within the CLE. The plug-in has been updated a few times in 2018, and these updates added new capabilities for inserting quiz questions into videos. A video quiz forces viewers to pause the video, reflect on the content, and test their comprehension. Video quizzes are a great way to break up long videos into more digestible portions, and they add an element of interactivity to an otherwise passive learning process. The tutorial video provided below demonstrations the features of the video quiz. For more information please refer to our online help document, and the vendor’s user guide.

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!

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