The winter solstice just passed marking the onset of winter and it’s the perfect time to reflect on the year. Looking back on 2014, we in the Learning Technologies Group have many successes to be proud of. We’ve gathered some of our top accomplishments from the past year. Take a look at the below list and leave a comment to let us know what you think!
For some time now, UCSF has been in need of a place to store and manage video files to be shared across the University and for the public. Although Vimeo has been a resource on campus, the uploading process has traditionally not been available to all UCSF users, such as students. The time is finally here! The UCSF Library is now pleased to present a fully-functional system available to all staff, students, and faculty, called Media@UCSF.
Starting a new online course can sometimes be a daunting task. A student may look at a course page and see a never-ending list of activities and resources for them to view or complete. If a student opens up a course like the one pictured below, they might become paralyzed by the dreaded scroll of death. They might wonder where do I even begin? And over time, they may wonderWhich resources or activities have I already viewed or completed? How do I know if I’m even getting anywhere?Continue reading →
The UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) is getting a makeover! On July 26, 2014, the CLE (powered by Moodle) is being updated from version 2.4 to 2.6. [Ed. note: Due to issues the theme developer has encountered, the CLE upgrade will be delayed to the following Saturday, August 2. The site will be unavailable from 6am-2pm on that day.]
This is a major update for UCSF’s online learning management system that includes a number of improvements to the usability and performance of the system. All users of the system, including students, faculty, and staff, will benefit from this update.
The most noticeable update will be the new look and feel of the site, including the enhanced home page and modern course design. Here’s a sneak peak of the new look here (subject to change before the launch date): Continue reading →
Many staff and faculty take advantage of the eLearning Studio, especially the Articulate Studio software, to get outside of the traditional lecture and flip their classroom with some audio narration. Employing this type of teaching model is beneficial for both faculty and students, however most folks don’t anticipate how challenging designing for online delivery can be. Use the following tips to help you think through how to best include audio narration in your next CLE course.