This fall the UCSF School of Pharmacy (SOP) launched a new curriculum which emphasizes collaborative problem-solving, continuous learning, and leadership in patient-centered quality improvement. The SOP Office of Education and Instructional Services (OEIS) partnered with the Learning Technology Group (LTG) to create a new CLE course template that encourages student engagement and supports online learning and collaboration activities.
The SOP Curriculum Design Workgroup was formed to foster a collaboration between both departments, to assist with instructional design, and to bring together staff with complementary skills. The team included Steven Dominguez, Breanne Ho, Gitanjali Kapur, Lisa Leiva, Kylie Leung, Sean McClelland, and Alexa Tan. SOP staff in the group had detailed knowledge of their curriculum, their needs, as well as strong CLE experience. LTG staff shared their expertise in the inner workings of the CLE, instructional design, and their experience with how the CLE is used by different programs throughout the UCSF community.
The School of Pharmacy has made significant strides in reshaping how learning content is shared and delivered through the CLE. In the past few months, we’ve sought to establish a consistent learning experience for current students, while identifying new areas of restructuring for students entering the PharmD program in 2018 and beyond.
Each year, we apply updates to the CLE that bring new features and capabilities. On the morning of Saturday, June 30th, the CLE received one of those updates, and it brings a number of exciting changes that will enhance the user experience. The tutorial video, help document and links provided below offer details on the most notable changes!
In addition to the new Boost theme, the participants and enrollment methods pages have also received updates. Those two pages have been combined into a new Participants page where course editors can get an accurate student count, enroll users and manage groups. Please check out our help document for more information.
Other minor changes that have been applied include the following:
- Easier management of CLE calendar items, including drag-and-drop events
- Global search improvements that allow you to search courses that you have access to, but aren’t enrolled in
- Improvement to activity completion for instructors, allowing them to manually mark items as complete on behalf of students
- More file upload restriction options for instructors who are setting up assignments
- And more! See this Moodle.org article for details.
And finally, the CLE is using a new system called Font Awesome to support toolbar icons, so you will notice an updated look to the buttons on the HTML toolbar editor. The buttons are the same, they just look a bit different.If you have any questions about these new features, please don’t hesitate to contact the Learning Tech Group. Thank you, and have a great summer!
Early in the morning on Saturday, June 30th, the CLE will receive its next round of updates. This will bring a more modern and accessible theme, consolidate the participant and enrollment pages, and introduce additional minor enhancements. We’ll have more details and instructions closer to the update. Here are some highlights to get you ready! Continue reading
The Media@UCSF plug-in empowers course editors and students to create, upload and share video content within the CLE. The plug-in has been updated a few times in 2018, and these updates added new capabilities for inserting quiz questions into videos. A video quiz forces viewers to pause the video, reflect on the content, and test their comprehension. Video quizzes are a great way to break up long videos into more digestible portions, and they add an element of interactivity to an otherwise passive learning process. The tutorial video provided below demonstrations the features of the video quiz. For more information please refer to our online help document, and the vendor’s user guide.
Did you know that you could place any Activity or Resource into Stealth Mode? If you’re not sure what Stealth Mode is, no need to worry, the Learning Tech Group is here to explain!
What is Stealth Mode?
Earlier versions of the CLE allowed activities (or resources) to be hidden inside “extra” weeks or topics, but still be accessible to students. These were known as “orphaned” activities and allowed instructors and course staff to achieve particular designs for their courses.
In January 2018, The CLE was upgraded to Moodle version 3.3 and now you can place any activity or resource into “stealth mode” which is helpful when you would like to link to resources and activities from a page or book but do not want to display the item within the section.
Watch the video below for a brief overview on Stealth Activities and how to use them in your course.