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.

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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Tips for Creating a Multimedia Project

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Multimedia-Blog-Icon1Have you ever had a great idea for creating a multimedia project, but didn’t know where to get started? No need to worry, the Learning Tech Group’s got you covered! Here are some tips for how to go about planning and creating an effective project while using the Library Tech Commons resources.

Develop a plan
Before you begin your project, you’ll need to come up with a plan. Start by defining your goals for the project, the message you would like to convey, and remember to keep your audience in mind.

Consider how you will deliver the project and choose the media that best coveys your message.  If you’re not so sure which media to use, schedule an appointment with the Learning Tech Group to get some guidance during this step. Once you decide which media you will use, then determine the necessary skills and resources needed to complete the project, and how much time will be involved.

Use the Tech Commons Resources
The Tech Commons offers audio and video equipment and workstations equipped with an assortment of multimedia editing applications. Learn more about how you can use these resources to create your projects below: Continue reading

Groups and Groupings: What’s the difference?

The CLE makes it possible for you to develop online group work in your courses with Groups and Groupings features. Although they sound very similar, they have different functions. It can be a little confusing until you understand how they both work.Group icon

A Group is a collection of one or more individual users. Groups enable instructors to split the students into sub-sets to view resources or work on an activity together.

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A Grouping is a collection of groups that can be used to break up the class in to different sets of groups of students. Groupings can be applied to restrict access to an activity, resource, or topic.

 

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Announcing a New Online Workshop: Foundations in the CLE

onlineworkshopWe are pleased to announce a new online workshop designed to teach you how to perform basic tasks associated with building a course or collaboration space in the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)!

 

The purpose of the Foundations in the CLE workshop is to help new users who are tasked with creating or editing courses. The four-hour online training is self-paced and includes a basic overview of the CLE, an introduction to the interface, and information about adding tools and resources to your courses.

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Participants can self enroll by simply logging in to the CLE and searching for the course or just click the button below to enroll now!

enroll-buttonHave questions on how to get started? Contact a Learning Tech Specialist or just leave a comment below!

Watch & Learn!

watchour-video-tutorialsHave you ever stood in front of a machine with little or no idea on how to operate it? For example, a self check-in kiosk at the airport? Then you watch someone else give it a try and you suddenly understand how it works!

That’s the idea behind our video tutorials. We invite you to peek over our shoulders, so to speak, and watch our tips and tricks videos that show you how to perform some basic functions in the CLE.

Below you will find several short and focused videos, so you can pick and choose just the ones you need. These tips and tricks videos will also be posted on the Learning Tech Support Center. We will continue to post new videos so check back for new additions to keep up to speed on new ways to use the CLE!

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