Blueprint for Creating a New Learning Environment

Addie Model ImageThis 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.

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Customize your CLE dashboard

On December 29th, 2017, the CLE received an update. The most noticeable change happened on the dashboard page, which received a new Course Overview block. This updated block brings new functionality to the CLE, but it also prevents students from customizing the order in which their courses are listed. We expect this block to improve in future updates. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You can use the Recent Courses and Favorite Courses blocks instead. Please review the video below for a demonstration. If you are interested in learning more about other new features in the CLE, please click here. Thank you and good luck!

CLE Upgrade Coming Dec. 29

UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) is getting an update. The CLE (powered by Moodle) will be upgraded from version 3.2 to 3.3 on December 29, 2017 and will be unavailable from 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM (PT) to complete the upgrade.

Although this upgrade will introduce a few new features which will benefit all CLE users, this post will focus on the most notable change—Course Overview block. We’ll introduce the other new features in our future posts so please stay tuned!

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Recap of the DevLearn Conference


In October, I had the opportunity to attend the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those of you who are not familiar with DevLearn, the event is sponsored by the eLearning Guild and showcases tools, technologies, ideas, strategies, and best practices for eLearning. There were approximately 3,200 attendees who were in various eLearning roles such as Instructional Technologists, Instructional Designers, Training Coordinators, Project Managers, and Developers. Attendees came as far as Australia and Dubai representing organizations such as Amazon, Boeing, Comcast, eLearning Brothers, and PG&E to name a few.My personal agenda for attending this conference was to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the Learning industry and to learn about the latest technologies, so that I could prepare myself for what’s coming. This conference fit perfectly for my goal because the theme for 2017 was “The Future Is Here,” and the sessions looked ahead to anticipate and plan for the future of eLearning.

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Goodbye Articulate Studio, Hello Camtasia

camtasia logoArticulate Studio has been a popular tool in our service catalog for many years. Educators have used the application to build narrated PowerPoint presentations for hundreds of courses in the CLE. Like many applications, however, it has become outdated, and we consequently will be discontinuing support at the end of 2017. We have you covered, though, because we are equipped with the latest version of a similar tool, called Camtasia, and we are poised to help you with the transition! Continue reading