Go Beyond the Basics with the New Advanced Techniques in the CLE Course!

We are pleased to announce a new online workshop designed to teach you the advanced features of the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)!

This online training is self-paced and covers the intermediate and advanced features of the CLE such as organizing course materials, generating activity reports, applying restrictions, and creating Groups and Groupings. The course also includes sections that cover the Quiz activity and the Gradebook.

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Create eLearning Courses with Articulate Studio!

laptop3Have you ever wanted to create online learning presentations? Perhaps you’ve wanted to create a module to help your students deepen their understanding of core material? Or provide additional information on areas that they’ve struggled with?

This is all possible with Articulate Studio! Articulate allows you to create flipped classroom lectures, online courses, knowledge checks, graded assessments, scenarios and simulations, and more. In this post, we’ll give you a brief overview on Articulate, share some tips on how to get started with the software, and point out resources that are available to the UCSF Community in the Library Tech Commons.

What is Articulate?
The Articulate Studio software is a collection of tools used to quickly create online eLearning presentations. The software works seamlessly with Microsoft Office as a PowerPoint plug-in. Users can record narrations, add annotations, insert quizzing elements, and add interactions to PowerPoint slides for a more engaging learner experience. Articulate files can also be easily uploaded to the CLE with the option to integrate presentations into a course gradebook.

Watch the video below for a brief overview on Articulate and tools located within the ribbon.

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CLE Help for Students

UCSF students workingIn preparation for the Fall 2016 quarter at UCSF, the Learning Tech Group has been busy developing CLE support resources for new and returning students. Below is a short video covering frequently asked questions from students, as well as links to support documents designed to set students up for success in the UCSF CLE.

Are you a faculty member or support staff for a course that uses the CLE? Feel free to add links to these resources in your CLE courses or email this blog post to students. As always, contact us with any questions or feedback, or just leave a comment below. We’d love to know what you think, or if there are other topics you think we should cover.

CLE FAQ Video for Students

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Customize Your CLE Course With Course Formats

collapsed topics image introThe CLE is used across UCSF for Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy education and much more. Each school and department has their own unique needs, and faculty can choose from a number of course formats to customize the layout of their CLE course to best meet these needs.

If you have used the CLE, you are likely familiar with the Topics course format, the default in CLE courses. While the Topics format and the other five course formats are awesome, we want to take this opportunity to highlight one of our favorites – the Collapsed Topics course format.

You may have read about the Collapsed Topics course format in the CLE Improvements for Fall 2015 blog post. We have been busy getting to know the new course formats and documenting use cases, best practices, and instructions for using each.

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Groups and Groupings: What’s the difference?

The CLE makes it possible for you to develop online group work in your courses with Groups and Groupings features. Although they sound very similar, they have different functions. It can be a little confusing until you understand how they both work.Group icon

A Group is a collection of one or more individual users. Groups enable instructors to split the students into sub-sets to view resources or work on an activity together.

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A Grouping is a collection of groups that can be used to break up the class in to different sets of groups of students. Groupings can be applied to restrict access to an activity, resource, or topic.

 

We recently updated information and created videos about Groups and Groupings to help you understand how to use them and how to apply these features to your course. Continue reading