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 Tips for Finals

As the quarter comes to an end, that means it is assessment time at UCSF! Faculty across campus will use the UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) to assess student learning in content ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. The main activity used for online assessment in the UCSF CLE is the Quiz activity.

image of quiz logo

Do not be misled by the name – use-cases for the Quiz activity range from take-home quizzes to high-stakes, proctored midterms and finals. Continue reading

CLE Communication Tools for Faculty (and Students!)

Have you noticed an increased interest in online communication tools at UCSF? Faculty members are using technology to improve communication with students and continue learning outside of the classroom. With a number of communication tools available in the UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE), choosing the right tool can sometimes be overwhelming.

cle communication tools

Not to worry – UCSF Learning Tech staff is here to help! Continue reading

A Quick Tip on Visual Literacy

In the Learning Technologies Group, we encourage the use of images in CLE courses to enhance the learning experience for students. Research shows learning is positively influenced by visuals (Paivio, 1991) and the use of visualization in thinking appears to be increasing (Stokes, 2002). As learners, it is also quickly obvious if an image adds value to our learning, or if it could use some design assistance.

With this in mind, how can faculty and staff improve the learning experience for students by incorporating useful images in CLE courses, while also teaching, researching, and practicing?

Here is a tip – download free images from the Noun Project website to enhance the design of your CLE course and better the learning experience for students. Continue reading

CLE Questions? Check the FAQ

faq3As we approach the start of a new academic year at UCSF, more people are using the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) to facilitate learning inside AND outside of the classroom. To help new faculty and staff, and as a refresher for returning CLE users, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on the Learning Tech Support Center. Click the image below or the following link to access the UCSF Learning Technologies FAQ.

link to faqThese bite-sized pieces of instruction are quick reminders for completing common tasks in the CLE. Continue reading

Got Blocks? The CLE Does!

Faculty and course staff spend a lot time developing activities and resources in the UCSF CLE. Blocks, or the content located on the right and/or left side of a CLE course page, often get little attention outside of the Navigation and Administration blocks. Brace yourself, because in this post we will review the types of blocks available in CLE courses and will also showcase a particularly helpful one; the Remote News Feed block.

We wrote about Block Management last year, but did you know there are many different types of blocks that can be added to a CLE course (34 to be specific)? Continue reading