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.
Image Credit: Erin Hayes
Recently, you may have a noticed that the spellchecker icon in the CLE’s text editor has completely vanished! How could this have happened, you ask? The short story is that Moodle (the e-learning platform that powers the CLE) was borrowing Google’s Spell service, which Google has now discontinued.
Nevertheless, this begs the question: what will those of us who perpetually misspell words like “rhythm” or mix up whether it’s the “i” or the “e” that comes first do to cope and keep our pride intact?
No worries, everyone! There are some handy workarounds that are already built into internet browsers. Pfew! Take a look at the chart below or follow the Spellcheck support document created by LTG to determine the steps you can take to view spelling suggestions for any misspelled words you find in the CLE text editor (depending on whether you use a PC or Mac computer and which internet browser you use).
PCInternet Explorer (v9) Unfortunately, there is no shortcut Firefox (v24) Ctrl-RIGHT-click Chrome (v30) Ctrl-RIGHT-click
MacSafari (v6) Ctrl-click Firefox (v24) Ctrl-click Chrome (v30) Ctrl-RIGHT-click
Please note these are the functions of the latest versions of each browser, so results may vary if your browser is not up to date. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these shortcuts and we’ll be sure to let you know if the spellchecker once again becomes available as a built-in feature of the CLE!
What is activity completion?
Activity completion is a new feature in the CLE that many users may not know exists. I recently completed the first Moodle MOOC, that used activity completion (or tracking). I found the feature very helpful for tracking progress in the online course and to quickly pick up where I left off in my learning. Enabling activity completion reduces the amount of time students spend scrolling through a CLE course to find the current topic or week.
Why would you use it?
At its core, activity completion is for students. Think of activity completion like a grocery list, where students check off each item as they add them to a cart. The same approach can now be taken with CLE course content by either, allowing students to manually check off resources, or setting the CLE to automatically check off activities based on certain conditions, like receiving a grade or viewing a resource.
Here is what activity completion looks like in a CLE course:
Who would use it?
- Students: Can track their progress in a CLE course
- Instructors: Can use the “Activity completion report” to quickly view students’ progress in a course (shown below)
Setting up activity completion is a two-step process:
- Turn on completion tracking in the course under “Edit Settings” > “Student progress”
- Configure completion tracking for each resource and activity that you want to have tracked in the course
When can you use it?
Now! Turn on “Activity completion” in your CLE course or request a new CLE course to test out this new feature.
As always, feel free to contact the Learning Technologies Group with questions and let us know how activity completion has improved the learning experience for students at UCSF!
More information on activity completion via Moodle docs.
I’m so happy to be here to help support the faculty, staff, and students at UCSF! I just moved across the country from the Washington D.C area, so not only do I have this awesome new job with the LTG, but I have an awesome new city to explore, too! I bring to UCSF several years of experience designing and developing online courses with specific expertise in using Moodle and Articulate.
Before joining UCSF, I was a Senior Training Specialist at Management Sciences for Health, an international development non-profit. I also previously worked at The George Washington University, the American Psychological Association, and the Corporate Executive Board. To date, I’ve earned an M.A. in Human Organizational Learning and a B.A. in Psychology.
Outside of the office, I like to work on creative projects with sewing and paper crafts, go to yoga and fitness classes, and enjoy great conversation with good people. I live with my husband, Tim, and our two adorable cats, Niko and Puka.
The popular Annual Teaching and Learning Center Day returns to the UCSF Parnassus Library on Thursday, October 24, 2013. UCSF faculty, educators, staff, and students are all welcome to attend.
Headlining the 3rd annual event are Jeff Burns, founder of OPENPediatrics and Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean for Education at UCSF’s School of Medicine, who will discuss their experiences and visions for ”Education in the Cloud: Transforming Learning and Patient Care.” Lunch will also be provided!
The event will also feature free, hands-on workshops and information sessions covering topics in Simulations, Tools and Technology, and Innovation at UCSF. LTG Lead Learning Technologies Specialist, Sean McClelland will finish the day with a one-hour workshop on Presentation Trends: PechaKucha for Teaching. Make sure to catch this workshop to see if the trendy presentation style has a place in higher education, and at UCSF.
To register for the event, please visit the UCSF Teaching and Learning Center website.
For more information on last year’s event, please see last year’s Convergence post. Have questions about the event? Contact Tim Galbreath.
Image Credit: Forest Knolis
Many students, faculty and staff are returning to UCSF for the fall to find a new version of the UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE). There are many improvements to the CLE (read more here), and also questions about how to use the CLE powered by Moodle 2.4.
To help with the transition, LTG staff are developing step-by-step documentation, screencast videos and handouts for the CLE Support Center. Some of the more recent additions to the Support Center are below:
- Drag and drop files
- Insert files using the Box Repository
- Create a Quiz (Part I, Part II, and Part III)
- Provide Quiz Accommodations
- Using the Gradebook
We have also added a way to provide feedback for CLE support documentation. Just click the feedback link located at the end of support resources (shown in the image below) to rate its helpfulness and also provide comments for future support development.
Finally, with all of the changes included with this version and up-coming CLE updates, we are designing a new CLE Support Center. The goal is to design an easy-to-find, easy-to-use, centralized platform for all CLE support resources. Please stay tuned for the updated Support Center and contact LTG staff with your suggestions and recommendations.
Image Credit: Sher
LTG staff has identified the main takeaways from the Moot. We want to share these with the UCSF community since we know many were unable to attend, but use the CLE on a daily basis. Here are the takeaways:
Catching up with Moodle community: I was formally introduced to the larger Moodle community – known as “moodlers.” I learned more about valuable information and resources available on the Moodle Forums powered by Moodle users and through moodlerooms.
New Ideas for CLE Support Center: My goal for attending the Moot was to identify resources to better support faculty, staff and students using the UCSF CLE. An important part of the Moot was to analyze how we can provide better support documentation to empower CLE users. Some ideas for this include:
- Add a survey to each support document for faculty, staff and students to use to provide feedback on the helpfulness of the resource.
- There are many ways to provide instruction (videos, step-by-step, handouts) but these should be offered in one, well-designed, easy-to-use Support Center.
- We learned that the Moodle MOOC began on September 1, 2013, which will be a very helpful resource. Check it out and register for the MOOC on teaching with Moodle here.
Preview of Moodle 2.5: A benefit of being part of a larger community of users is many others have already done what we are preparing for. In 2014 we will move to Moodle 2.5 and there are some exciting changes with this update and the following. Below are a few new features to look forward to:
There is much to learn: Here are ways LTG plans to continue to learn about new Moodle features and stay in touch with other moodlers:
- Become more involved in Moodle Community through the forums and tracker.
- Take an active role with the Convergence blog to create more awareness for new features in the CLE.
- And of course – always listen to UCSF community for feedback on the CLE and suggestions for improvement.
Conference sessions slides available on Moodle Moot page.
Image Credit: Moodlerooms
Moodle is offering its first MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) beginning September 1, 2013, using the Moodle learning management platform. The MOOC is free and is titled “Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction.” Learn more and register at Learn Moodle.
We encourage all faculty and staff involved with UCSF CLE course development to check out this four-week MOOC. LTG staff will be participating in the MOOC and we look forward to seeing you in the discussion forums!
Read about Why a Moodle MOOC? from Martin Dougiamas, Moodle’s Founder and Leader Developer.
If you have any questions or feedback on your participation in the Moodle MOOC, please leave them in the comment section below or email them to the Learning Technologies Group.
Image Credit: Moodle Trust
Are you using UCSF Box? Have you heard about this great new service for the UCSF community? Since Box was released at UCSF in early 2013, many faculty, staff and students have jumped on-board to use the file hosting system to share, collaborate and archive documents. LTG uses Box for our knowledge base to help keep all of our internal documents organized.
You can now use Box to host and insert files into courses on the UCSF CLE. This includes Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, images, PDFs and much more. Files can be uploaded to Box and copied or linked to courses in the CLE. Want to make a change to a file? Simply update the file in Box and all linked versions of the file in the CLE will automatically update. Here are a few more reasons to use the Box repository with the CLE:
- Access all course files on Box from any computer with an internet connection – no need for flash drives, external hard drives or bringing your laptop home to work on course documents.
- Link to video files or large multi-touch books that are too large to upload directly to the CLE.
- Box is mobile friendly! Access all course files from your iPhone, Android or other mobile device.
- Take a collaborative approach to curriculum development – use Box’s social media features such as sharing, comments, likes or tasks while developing course content before making it available to students on the CLE.
As you begin to take advantage of the CLE/Box integration, please keep us posted. We are excited to learn more about how the new integration is being used within the UCSF community!
Image Credit: Moodle Trust and Box
You may have heard about or experienced Problems Joining Collaborate Sessions on Mac OS X 10.8.4 back in June. Blackboard released the Collaborate Launcher on August 17, 2013 to fix these issues and is now available at UCSF. Below is a breakdown of the important information related to the release of the Collaborate Launcher:
Who does it affect? Collaborate users joining from an Apple computer running Mac OS X 10.8.4 or newer PC and Mac OS X 10.8.3 or older users will continue to join sessions as they have in the past.
When will is begin? Saturday, August 17, 2013.
Why do I need to install the Launcher? To fix Java and Mac OS X 10.8.4 related issues. Read more here.
Where do I download the Collaborate Launcher? Just launch any Collaborate session and you will be prompted to download the Launcher if running Mac OS X 10.8.4+.
Do you need admin rights to install the Collaborate Launcher? No, just unzip the downloaded file and you are ready to use Collaborate. Read more here.
What browser should I use? Use either Chrome or Safari to download the launcher and launch Collaborate sessions and recordings. Firefox is currently not supported.
Need more support information? See below:
- Step-by-step instructions for downloading and using the Collaborate Launcher
- Blackboard Support Article
Please contact LTG staff with any questions about using Collaborate or the new Launcher!