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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Say Hello to Atto!

Did you know there is a new CLE text editor, called Atto? Not to worry, the current text editor (called TinyMCE) used to add text to CLE course pages, reply to forums, answer essay questions, and much more, is still available as the default editor in the CLE.

screenshot of the atto editor

UCSF students, faculty, and staff are now able to select Atto as their CLE text editor. Why would you want to do this? The Atto editor improves usability and accessibility, and is also mobile-friendly. Continue reading

2016 Tech Clinics at the Library!

We are excited to announce the 2016 Tech Clinics offered through the UCSF Library Tech Commons. Are you a UCSF community member with a CLE, multimedia, or eLearning question? Attend a Tech Clinic and get the information you need for a successful start to the quarter!

learning-tech-services2Tech Clinics are scheduled on the second and fourth Friday of the month, from 9am-4pm at the UCSF Parnassus Library. Continue reading

CLE Communication Tools for Faculty (and Students!)

Have you noticed an increased interest in online communication tools at UCSF? Faculty members are using technology to improve communication with students and continue learning outside of the classroom. With a number of communication tools available in the UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE), choosing the right tool can sometimes be overwhelming.

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Not to worry – UCSF Learning Tech staff is here to help! Continue reading

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