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 →
As 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.
These bite-sized pieces of instruction are quick reminders for completing common tasks in the CLE. Continue reading →
Faculty and course staff spend a lot time developing activities and resources in the UCSF CLE. Blocks, or the content located on the right and/or left side of a CLE course page, often get little attention outside of the Navigation and Administration blocks. Brace yourself, because in this post we will review the types of blocks available in CLE courses and will also showcase a particularly helpful one; the Remote News Feed block.
We wrote about Block Management last year, but did you know there are many different types of blocks that can be added to a CLE course (34 to be specific)? Continue reading →
The 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.