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.

Global Search is Here At Last

cle global search barWe’ve been asking for it, and finally we have it. The ability to perform a global, keyword search for courses and content in the CLE is now possible! This is a new feature that became available after we updated the CLE on July 1. A search can be started from any page in the CLE, using the magnifying glass icon that is found on the top-most navigation bar. Results can include courses, course resources and activities, and even text within forum posts.

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CLE Gradebook Update 2017

gradebook iconThe gradebook module is an integral part of every CLE course. Instructors can organize and calculate grades without Excel or a calculator, and students can track their own progress, without having to ask the instructor. With the recent update to Moodle 3.2, the CLE gradebook has received a number of improvements, including: Continue reading

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!

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