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.
At 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 →
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!
The 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 →
The 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!
The 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.