About Sean Gabriel McClelland

Sean is a Learning Technologies Specialist in the UCSF Library. He has a background in instructional technology, multimedia development, technical training and support, and photography. He has been giving presentations for over 10 years.

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

New Equipment for Loan!

equipment items collageThe Library Tech Commons Team is very proud to offer a comprehensive collection of video and audio equipment for loan, free of charge, to UCSF students, staff and faculty. Our equipment is used ever day for a variety of projects, including interviews, medical demonstrations, and even student skits. We listened to your feedback, and have added new items to the collection!

Among the new additions are a state-of-the-art LED light kit, two new digital audio recorders, a dual wireless mic kit (yes, mic-up two subjects at the same time!), and high-quality handheld mics and a shotgun mic for advanced users. For each new item, there is also an accompanying online help document to get you up-and-running quickly: Continue reading

Conquering the CLE Gradebook

Gradebook screen shotThe gradebook is a powerful module that is available in every CLE course, though it can be intimidating to new course editors. It allows instructors to organize and calculate grades, and it allows students to view their own grades. The gradebook offers a number of customization options, and it can accommodate simple or complex grading schemes. With this blog post, we are happy to announce a new collection of help resources all about the gradebook!

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Messaging with Quickmail

quickmailThe CLE offers a number of methods for communication within a course, including forums, live chat, and an internal messaging system. If you want to contact course participants fast, however, each of these methods can fall short. Unless course editors and participants are logged in at the same time, or regularly viewing their courses, it is easy to miss updates because email notifications can be delayed anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, or longer if a user has changed their notification preferences.

Enter: The Quickmail block! With Quickmail, you can push an email from within your CLE course to any number of course participants or groups, directly and immediately to their UCSF email inbox.

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The New Media Gallery

As you may have already heard, Media@UCSF is fully integrated with the CLE, and provides instructors and students with tools to create and share videos in a course. We have been using this feature in the CLE since the Fall, and it’s been working great. And now we are excited to announce that one of its additional features, the Media Gallery, is fully deployed and ready for use!

What is the Media Gallery, who can add video to it, and how can it be used in a course? Here are a few highlights:

  • The Media Gallery is a collection of videos specific to one, and only one course.
  • It is accessible from the link in the Navigation block.
  • Faculty and students can add videos to the Media Gallery!
  • Student videos require (by default) moderation from a course editor.
  • Comments can be enabled.
  • This is a quick and easy way to post a video as a conversation starter before class.
  • The Gallery is a great way for students to share video project with their classmates.

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