A Quick Tip on Visual Literacy

In the Learning Technologies Group, we encourage the use of images in CLE courses to enhance the learning experience for students. Research shows learning is positively influenced by visuals (Paivio, 1991) and the use of visualization in thinking appears to be increasing (Stokes, 2002). As learners, it is also quickly obvious if an image adds value to our learning, or if it could use some design assistance.

With this in mind, how can faculty and staff improve the learning experience for students by incorporating useful images in CLE courses, while also teaching, researching, and practicing?

Here is a tip – download free images from the Noun Project website to enhance the design of your CLE course and better the learning experience for students. Continue reading

CLE Questions? Check the FAQ

faq3As we approach the start of a new academic year at UCSF, more people are using the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) to facilitate learning inside AND outside of the classroom. To help new faculty and staff, and as a refresher for returning CLE users, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on the Learning Tech Support Center. Click the image below or the following link to access the UCSF Learning Technologies FAQ.

link to faqThese bite-sized pieces of instruction are quick reminders for completing common tasks in the CLE. Continue reading

UCSF CLE Support at the Library

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We are well into the Spring 2015 quarter and want to remind everyone of the following UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) and multimedia support resources available through the UCSF Library and Learning Technologies Group.

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.09.27 AM1. Attend a CLE Basics Training at a Tech Clinic

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Messaging with Quickmail

quickmailThe CLE offers a number of methods for communication within a course, including forums, live chat, and an internal messaging system. If you want to contact course participants fast, however, each of these methods can fall short. Unless course editors and participants are logged in at the same time, or regularly viewing their courses, it is easy to miss updates because email notifications can be delayed anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, or longer if a user has changed their notification preferences.

Enter: The Quickmail block! With Quickmail, you can push an email from within your CLE course to any number of course participants or groups, directly and immediately to their UCSF email inbox.

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2015 Tech Clinics at UCSF Library

clinicsThe Learning Technologies Group had a great time with the 2014 Tech Clinics and we were able to help with CLE and multimedia projects along the way! Here are a few examples of UCSF projects that faculty and staff brought to the Tech Clinics: CLE gradebook questions, Articulate module development, Media@UCSF integration in CLE courses, online exam review for finals and midterms, and we even helped support a UCSF podcast!

2015 is going to be even better and you can register for an upcoming Tech Clinic today! Continue reading