About Lisa Leiva

Lisa is a Learning Technologies Specialist, with over 15 years of experience working with Faculty at UCSF. She earned a B.A. in Graphic Communications and a Masters in Instructional Technologies, both from San Francisco State University. Lisa enjoys providing faculty with creative ideas on how to integrate technology into the classroom to create rich learning experiences for students. In her spare time, you may find Lisa with her family having a picnic at a neighborhood park in San Francisco. Specialties: Instructional design, presentation design and delivery, teaching with the CLE, graphic design, Adobe Creative Suite, Articulate Studio, and Storyline.

Enjoy Improved Communication Features in the CLE

The CLE was recently upgraded to version 3.2 and there are a number of new features that have been added to improve communication between Instructors and students.

Here are the new communications features that Faculty, Students and Staff will enjoy in their sites:

New User Menu & Notifications
Messages, notifications, and a new user menu are now displayed on the top right of your screen. These features were already available in the previous version of the CLE but they are now part of the navigation bar so it’s easy to access messages, keep track of notifications, and update your preferences all from one place. Continue reading

Digital Media Creation Tools

Digital Media Tools graphicDid you know that the Tech Commons has applications and resources available to help you create a variety of digital media projects?

With so many tech tools at your disposal, it can be confusing which application to use. In this post, we’ll give you an overview of our most popular applications and how you can use them for your digital media projects.

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Go Beyond the Basics with the New Advanced Techniques in the CLE Course!

We are pleased to announce a new online workshop designed to teach you the advanced features of the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)!

This online training is self-paced and covers the intermediate and advanced features of the CLE such as organizing course materials, generating activity reports, applying restrictions, and creating Groups and Groupings. The course also includes sections that cover the Quiz activity and the Gradebook.

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Create eLearning Courses with Articulate Studio!

laptop3Have you ever wanted to create online learning presentations? Perhaps you’ve wanted to create a module to help your students deepen their understanding of core material? Or provide additional information on areas that they’ve struggled with?

This is all possible with Articulate Studio! Articulate allows you to create flipped classroom lectures, online courses, knowledge checks, graded assessments, scenarios and simulations, and more. In this post, we’ll give you a brief overview on Articulate, share some tips on how to get started with the software, and point out resources that are available to the UCSF Community in the Library Tech Commons.

What is Articulate?
The Articulate Studio software is a collection of tools used to quickly create online eLearning presentations. The software works seamlessly with Microsoft Office as a PowerPoint plug-in. Users can record narrations, add annotations, insert quizzing elements, and add interactions to PowerPoint slides for a more engaging learner experience. Articulate files can also be easily uploaded to the CLE with the option to integrate presentations into a course gradebook.

Watch the video below for a brief overview on Articulate and tools located within the ribbon.

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Do You Want to Become a Forum Activity Master? Here’s What You Need to Know

forumsDid you know that forums can be used for many different types of learning activities? Sure forums can be used to get students communicating and interacting via postings, but they can also start meaningful discussions to help students grasp new concepts and engage with their course work.

With a little bit of planning, you can stimulate student learning and add variety to your class with forums. In this post, we’ll share some tips to help you become a Forum activity master.

Selecting a Forum Type
Forums can be used to help students to develop a sense of forum iconcommunity, demonstrate knowledge about key concepts, build a consensus, and reflect on materials that they have worked with outside of class. It’s important to choose the type of forum that makes sense for the activity you are asking students to complete. The CLE has five forum types, each with a slightly different layout and purpose:

  • A Single Simple Discussion
    Only one topic, started by the instructor, is allowed. This is best suited for short-term, focused conversations.
  • Each Person Posts One Discussion
    Each student may start one new topic. Students are not limited in the number of replies they can post within those topics.
  • Q and A Forum
    An instructor posts one topic, for example, posing a question to students. Students must post their response before they can view other students’ responses.
  • Standard Forum Displayed in a Blog-like Format
    Allow multiple topics listed with the most recent topic at the top of the page and replies behind a link. Students may start new topics in this format.
  • Standard Forum for General Use
    Allow multiple topics arranged in a threaded conversation. Students may start new topics in this format.

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