About Dylan Romero

Hello my name is Dylan Romero and I am a Learning Technologies Specialist at the UCSF Library. Ask me about the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE), iBooks Author, the Convergence blog, online assessment, Camtasia, web conferencing software, emerging technologies, instructional design and vector graphics!

CLE Help for Students

UCSF students workingIn preparation for the Fall 2016 quarter at UCSF, the Learning Tech Group has been busy developing CLE support resources for new and returning students. Below is a short video covering frequently asked questions from students, as well as links to support documents designed to set students up for success in the UCSF CLE.

Are you a faculty member or support staff for a course that uses the CLE? Feel free to add links to these resources in your CLE courses or email this blog post to students. As always, contact us with any questions or feedback, or just leave a comment below. We’d love to know what you think, or if there are other topics you think we should cover.

CLE FAQ Video for Students

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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: Continue reading

CLE Quiz Video Series

quiz header imageThe CLE Quiz activity has been well documented here on the Convergence blog and we are always looking for ways to better support the online assessment tool. In the past we provided CLE Tips for Finals, a CLE Quiz FAQ, CLE Exam Tips for Students, and have recently released a video series showcasing the CLE Quiz activity.

Just a reminder that the CLE uses the term “Quiz” for the activity, but do not be mistaken – the Quiz activity is a robust online assessment tool that can be used for self-evaluations, tests, exams, mid-terms, and finals at UCSF.

Are you preparing for an upcoming CLE exam or final? Take a look at the video series below to learn about creating, configuring, and grading a CLE Quiz.

The content is organized into three videos, and a bonus FAQ video. This video series is designed to help UCSF faculty and staff quickly find the information they need when administering an online exam in the UCSF CLE.

Add a Quiz Video
In this video we will add a Quiz to a CLE course and configure Quiz settings.


Add Questions to a Quiz Video
In this video we will create and add questions to a CLE Quiz. Continue reading

Say Hello to Atto!

Did you know there is a new CLE text editor, called Atto? Not to worry, the current text editor (called TinyMCE) used to add text to CLE course pages, reply to forums, answer essay questions, and much more, is still available as the default editor in the CLE.

screenshot of the atto editor

UCSF students, faculty, and staff are now able to select Atto as their CLE text editor. Why would you want to do this? The Atto editor improves usability and accessibility, and is also mobile-friendly. Continue reading

2016 Tech Clinics at the Library!

We are excited to announce the 2016 Tech Clinics offered through the UCSF Library Tech Commons. Are you a UCSF community member with a CLE, multimedia, or eLearning question? Attend a Tech Clinic and get the information you need for a successful start to the quarter!

learning-tech-services2Tech Clinics are scheduled on the second and fourth Friday of the month, from 9am-4pm at the UCSF Parnassus Library. Continue reading