Do you find yourself confused about which data-gathering tool to use in your CLE course? CLE users have a number of activities for data collection to choose from (4 in total!), and some may argue that there are too many.
The Learning Technologies Group (LTG) is often asked the question, “Should I use the Questionnaire or Survey?” or “I want to collect data from people not enrolled in my CLE course, which activity should I use?” A good start is to read the descriptions for the four CLE data-gathering tools listed below:
- Choice: Use this activity to ask a single question and offer a number of possible responses. Choice results may be published after students have answered, after a certain date, or not at all. Results may be published with student names or anonymously. The Choice is a non-graded activity. Example: Sign up for project teams.
- Feedback: Add the Feedback activity to your course to create a custom survey using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input. Feedback responses may be anonymous if desired, and results may be shown to all participants or instructors only. The Feedback activity may also be completed by guests not logged into the CLE. Example: Course evaluation.
- Questionnaire: A Questionnaire allows you to construct surveys using a variety of question types. Unlike the Feedback activity, Questionnaires can be graded and cannot be completed by guests not logged into the CLE. Example: Graded project evaluation
- Survey: The Survey provides a number of verified survey instruments that have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. The Survey activity comes pre-populated with questions. Faculty who wish to create their own survey should use the Feedback activity. Example: Research project.
Does this sound confusing or overwhelming? No need to worry – LTG is here to help! We have created a breakdown of the CLE data-gathering tools in the matrix provided below. The matrix includes descriptions for each activity, a summary of the functionality, support resources and examples. We also included Qualtrics in the matrix to compare the online survey software with the four CLE data-gathering tools. Read more about using Qualtrics from UCSF Information Technology.
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If you still feel overwhelmed with the number of options for data gathering in the CLE, you may not have to wait long for a solution. With the upcoming release of Moodle 2.7 later this year, the Survey, Feedback and Questionnaire activities are scheduled to be consolidated into a new Survey 2 activity. Read more about the new activity and view the roadmap for development on Moodle.org.
Are you currently using the Choice, Feedback, Questionnaire or Survey in your CLE course? If so, please leave a comment below to share your experience with data collection in the CLE.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact the Learning Technologies Group with any CLE-related questions!
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Are questions like how can I successfully record narration onto my PowerPoint presentation? or how do I change the settings on my Articulate presentation to ensure the best user experience? keeping you up at night and disrupting your sleep patterns? What about how do I go about uploading an Articulate presentation to the CLE for students to view and engage with?
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The Learning Technologies Group is thrilled to announce the launch of Tech Clinics, which consists of two separate, all-day, collaborative learning events held on the first and fourth Friday of every month. All Clinics will take place in CL-245 Multimedia Multipurpose Room in the UCSF Library Tech Commons. Below is additional information and registration instructions for each Clinic.CLE Clinics
Whether you are a new UCSF CLE user looking for advice, or an experienced veteran in need of a check-up, LTG would like to invite you to a CLE Clinic. On the 4th Friday of each month (excluding holidays), we will be hosting a full-day, open training and collaboration session. LTG staff will be on-hand to prescribe a cure for all of the common CLE issues, and will also be offering short presentations on popular topics throughout the day (see schedule below). Feel free to join us for an individual session or for the whole day! This is a great opportunity for faculty and staff to collaborate and share ideas with other CLE users at UCSF.
- 9am – Introduction to the CLE
- 11am – Collaboration Roundtable
- 2pm – Quiz activity demo and Q&A
- 3pm – Gradebook activity demo and Q&A
The first CLE Clinic is scheduled for Friday, January 31, 9am-4pm. Click on the following link to register for an upcoming CLE Clinic.Multimedia Clinic
Whether you are just starting out, or an experienced veteran seeking help with an advanced video project, the Learning Technologies Group would like to invite you to our new Multimedia Clinic. If you are working on a multimedia project at UCSF – this is the place to be! On the 2nd Friday of each month, LTG staff will be on-hand to prescribe the best tool for the job, including: Articulate for PowerPoint narration, Camtasia for screen recording, Final Cut Pro X and iMovie for video editing, MPEG StreamClip for video conversion, iBooks Author for mulit-touch book creation and more. If you have a question about any of the video cameras and audio recorders that we loan out, this is a great time get your questions answered.
The first Multimedia Clinic is scheduled for Friday, February 14, 9am-4pm. Click to register for an upcoming Multimedia Clinic.
If you have a laptop, we recommend that you bring it with you to both the CLE and Multimedia Clinics. Drop-ins are welcome, but please take a few minutes to register, so we can better prepare to meet your needs throughout the day.
Stay tuned for an LTG Clinic follow-up post, showcasing success stories from these action packed monthly events. Follow us on Twitter @UCSF_CLE, use the #LTGClinics hashtag and download the CLE Clinic flyer and share with a UCSF colleague.
As always contact the Learning Technologies Group with any questions or just to say hi!
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Are you interested in learning how to use Moodle (the platform that powers the UCSF CLE) for the first time or do you need a refresher?
The course promises that “participants will learn about resources, activities, and blocks as students and practice the role of a teacher in setting up resources and activities.” Sign up now if you’re interested!
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Good news from the CLE and LTG! Students, faculty and staff can now customize the “My Home” page in the CLE. This includes the ability to reorder the list of courses displayed on the “My Home” page and also configure the number of courses to display.
We have received a number of requests for the functionality to customize the “My Home” page in the UCSF, especially at the beginning of the semester when students are organizing their courses. To help support this need, LTG has developed a support document detailing how to customize the “My Home” page. Click below to review the document:
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The popular rapid eLearning development software, Articulate, has recently been upgraded and lucky for us, we have it here at the UCSF Library Tech Commons!
Lots of exciting features have been added, as well as some general fixes for ease of use. The biggest feature is being able to easily publish for viewing presentations on iPads! Take a look at a LTG-created document on what else is new with the Articulate ’13 version.
If you’re interested in checking it out or using it for a project or course, just reserve the CL245 Multimedia Room.
If you’re a UCSF faculty, staff, or student, feel free to contact the UCSF Learning Technologies Group to schedule an appointment on using the upgraded software.
For more support on using the multimedia available in the UCSF Tech Commons, visit the Multimedia Support Center.
This is the season for giving and members of the Learning Technologies Group have been working hard to develop a number of new CLE Support Center resources for the UCSF community. Recent additions include:
- New navigation for the Support Center: Quickly locate the resources or activity you are interested in learning more about.
- CLE FAQ: Find answers for frequently asked questions related to the CLE.
- CLE Terminology Glossary: Use the newly developed glossary to learn more about CLE resources and activities.
- New and improved Quiz section: A place for Quiz support and best practices.
We have also developed a Multimedia Support Center located on the CLE to provide a centralized resource for multimedia and equipment support documentation and best practices. Below are recent additions to the Support Center:
- Multimedia workstation FAQ
- Equipment FAQ
- Updated Workstation and Equipment policies
- “How to Use” Guide for Multimedia Workstations and DV Equipment
- New support docs for transferring iMovie, FCP X, Articulate and documents to Box.
- Dedicated support for eLearning Authoring Tools such as Articulate
This is the last post on the Convergence blog for 2013. We wish everyone happy holidays and look forward to more exciting resources and services from LTG in 2014!
As always, contact the Learning Technologies Group to learn more about the CLE, Tech Commons multimedia resources, or just stop by to say “hi!”
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As the UCSF finals week slows down and the holiday fun ramps up, the CLE will be undergoing a minor update to the Moodle version 2.4.7. This update happened on Friday, December 13, 2013. When upgrades happen, the UCSF CLE is unavailable for approximately two hours at that time.
Some of the changes you may notice to the system include:PDFs will now display properly on iPads (and other mobile devices) Thus far, we’ve had to live with PDFs not displaying or scrolling properly on iPads. But, after the Moodle 2.4.7 update, PDFs will work smoothly on mobile devices when the default setting (Automatic display) is used. Extra blank rows will no longer display at the end of various lists Course instructors and managers may have noticed this when looking at Participant lists, Assignment submission lists, and others, but this will no longer be the case in the update. Changes to Box repository functionality With the upgrade, it will no longer be possible to link to files uploaded in Box. Moving forward, files will need to be copied into courses (which is the recommended approach anyway). The good thing is that during the update, any existing Box file links will copy the files into the courses.Also, moving forward, users will be required to login to their Box accounts during each CLE login through the file picker. Fortunately, this authorization step is very fast and only requires clicking one extra button.
A variety of other bugs and glitches were also fixed in this release to help keep the system working properly. Please be aware that UCSF will be undergoing an even larger upgrade to Moodle 2.5 in early 2014. We’ll be sure to share all the exciting details before then! Until then, enjoy your holiday break and time with friends and family!
This year’s Teaching & Learning Center Day brought together faculty and staff from all of our schools to learn and to share. Several presenters conducted workshops or participated on panels to share their experiences applying technology to teaching. Workshop presenters included faculty and staff from Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medicine, as well as the Kanbar Center, Educational Technology Services, the Learning Technology Group, the Library and ITS. Over 80 attendees learned about tools and techniques for simulation-based learning, presentations, copyright compliance, and video collaboration.
An enthusiastic crowd filled the Tech Commons for the keynote presentation at the lunch hour. The computer lab venue was a little unusual, but that did not deter from the fascinating duet of talks on Education in the Cloud – Transforming Learning and Patient Care. Catherine Lucey, our Vice Dean for Education in School of Medicine, provided a clear assessment of what technology can and cannot do for health sciences education.
- Can do examples: increase options for how students engage in the learning process; combine learners from different schools/institutions without the constraints of space and time.
- Cannot do: facilitate formation of professional identity, which requires personal interaction between role models and learners; decrease expense of education!
Jeff Burns, Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, offered a compelling story about his passion to provide help for physicians anywhere when they are desperately trying to save the life of a child, which led to the creation of OPENPediatrics, an online learning community for pediatricians. The annual TLC event typically attracts a wide range of faculty and staff who are heavily involved in education at UCSF, but this particular speaker event also attracted pediatric residents and faculty, many of whom had never visited the TLC before. The event organizers, including me, were very excited to reach new audiences in this way. If you missed these talks by Drs. Lucey and Burns you may view them here.
The lunchtime keynote was straddled by 12 one-hour workshops led by faculty and staff from across the campus. Xinxin Huang, educational technologist from the School of Nursing, led a popular session on using the iPad to present in the classroom. Other highlights were Peggy Tahir’s session on copyright and use of images and the session on Pecha Kucha by Sean McClelland and Kirsten Balano.
Another highly rated session, which we plan to replicate at future TLC events, was the Faculty Innovations Showcase. Kirby Lee, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Annette Carley, Clinical Professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and Katherine Hyland, Professor in Biochemistry and Biophysics briefly presented educational innovations they implemented this past year. This event provided a perfect venue for these faculty to share their experiences; their presentations generated dynamic discussion, which included a lot of encouragement as well as helpful suggestions and feedback from colleagues. Clearly, we need to provide more opportunities like this year round!! Lee described his project incorporating training and simulated patient cases with the electronic health record in his course CP137 Advanced Topics in Clinical Care for third year pharmacy students. Carley, explained how she simulates on-call clinical Neonatal ICU situations within the CLE. Hyland presented the School of Medicine’s use of the Odigia platform to create an interactive syllabus.
The Kanbar Center offered three workshops that covered mannequin-based simulations, standardized patients, and technology tools to enhance the activities. A popular session was Conducting Mannequin-based Simulations which drew a crowd to the Large Simulation Room. Many education staff took advantage of the opportunity to find out what goes on in the Kanbar Center and to understand how these simulation learning activities fit in with the other activities they support in their schools. To see more pictures from the day’s events, check out our flickr feed.
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