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
Neither EndNote nor RefWorks can “read” citations from an existing bibliography in a Word document not formatted using a citation management application. An earlier post described methods to transfer references to an EndNote library from a bibliography formatted in Word. However, there is another way to do this using a free online service called WizFolio which can easily convert a pre-existing bibliography into an RIS-formatted file. You then import the RIS file into EndNote or RefWorks.
Here are the steps:
1. Go to the WizFolio home page:
2. Select Sign Up Now and create a free Wizfolio account. Once you have the account, you can log in back at the home page:
3. Open your Word document and select your entire bibliography:
4. In your WizFolio account hold your mouse over the Add icon toward the top center of the Wizfolio window. Select Import from Clipboard:
5. Paste your text into the box that opens. You should see Wizfolio inserting blank lines between the references in your bibliography:
6. After WizFolio has inserted the spaces, click the Import Now button in the lower right corner of the page. WizFolio will attempt to locate and import records from PubMed and other sources:
7. Select all the citations you’ve just imported. Click the Export button at the top of the page then select Export to RIS:
8. Save the file. It will be called MyReferences.ris.
1. Open EndNote.
2. Locate the MyReferences.ris file and open it. It should import directly into EndNote:
3. If it does not directly import into Endnote, import using the Import function using Reference Manager (RIS) as your Import Option.
1. Import using the Import function , selecting RIS Format
Be certain to check that all the information has been correctly imported.
This handmade cookbook, from the University Archives collection AR 2012-22, offers a glimpse into UCSF student life 60 years ago. Compiled by the spouses of students in the School of Medicine class of 1953, it includes recipes for main dishes, salads, dressing, desserts, and “specials.”
Need new casserole recipes? Eggplant is season! And, some would argue that pork chops never go out of season…
Curious about other recipes? Always wanted to make a Tomato Mayonnaise Ring? Click on the Table of Contents images above to view them in a larger, more readable size. Then just leave a comment below and let us know what you’d like to see! Perhaps we’ll post it.
UPDATE: We received requests for two recipes (via the comments section and Facebook). Ladies and gentlemen, Radio Hash Casserole and Beef Stroganoff!
If you’re using EndNote you might want to know what’s been happening in the EndNote world over the past few months and if there are any new developments making citing references and document formatting easier.
EndNote X7 (desktop version) for Windows and the Mac was released over the summer. A major new feature for Windows users is an EndNote plug-in for adding citations and reference lists to Microsoft PowerPoint slides. It seems that it’s not available for Mac users at the moment.
Free basic version of EndNote. EndNote Basic is a free online version of EndNote, and was formerly known as EndNote Web. It provides users with the ability to store 50,000 references, 2GB of file storage, 21 bibliographic styles, 5 online search connectors, and 9 import filters. With EndNote Basic you can create groups which you can share with others. It is also possible to link the desktop version to the web version, allowing you to synchronize your libraries.
EndNote on the iPad. There is a recently released EndNote app for the iPad. This synchronizes with the web version. If you’re interested the app is on sale until September 30.
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
On July 24, 2013, the University of California became the largest academic institution to adopt an open access policy. UC’s Academic Council passed the policy, which strives to make all of UC’s scholarly article output freely accessible to the public (see the press release). This policy applies to UC’s 8,000 faculty and the 40,000 peer-reviewed journal articles they publish every year.
The UC policy comes a little more than a year after UCSF passed its own open access policy. UCSF’s Academic Senate endorsed the UC policy, but opted to continue abiding by the terms in the pre-existing UCSF policy. The two policies are virtually identical but for two points: UCSF’s policy is restricted to non-commercial use, and authors must deposit an archival copy even if they opt out of the license for an article.
The premise of the OA Policy is that faculty have granted a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers. This license allows faculty members to deposit the final versions of published papers in an open access repository such as eScholarship and to re-use their work for various purposes. Authors are still free to publish in whichever journals they choose.
Faculty on three campuses (UCLA, UCI and UCSF) will begin depositing articles in eScholarship on November 1, 2013. The California Digital Library and the UC Libraries are investigating tools to streamline the workflow for faculty. For more information, see:
Have a question? Send it to email@example.com.
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
Bob Day: An Oral History
When Robert (Bob) Day retired from UCSF in 2012, his legacy could be measured not only in the number of years of service, students taught, and jokes cracked but also in pounds, volume, and linear feet. Readers of this blog know from recent posts that Bob Day was an inveterate collector of material related to the history of pharmacy in general and the UCSF School of Pharmacy in particular, and the material he accumulated over his 50 years with the university was donated to the UCSF Library’s Archives and Special Collections. The materials processed by archivists totaled 40 linear feet, over 45 boxes, and an untold number of individual items. You might be asking yourself, what does all of this material tell us? What is its significance? And what kind of person would be compelled to collect all of these items?
All of those questions were asked – and many of them answered – in a long, detailed, interesting, and rollicking oral history interview I conducted with Bob in the first three months of 2013. In partnership with the UCSF School of Pharmacy and the UCSF Library’s Archives and Special Collections, the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley planned and conducted this interview. In all, a little over 12 hours of interviews were committed to videotape, which were then transcribed, edited, and, now, made available to you here: http://digitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu/roho/ucb/text/day_bob_public.pdf.
What transpired in those dozen hours?
Well, the transcript contains nothing less than a broad, well-conceived history of pharmacy over the course of the twentieth century. Bob offers insights into the early history of the UCSF School of Pharmacy, drawing on the documents he collected over the years. He discusses the transformation of pharmacy education, including the emergence of PharmD degree in the 1950s—in the process answering why the degree was needed then and thus why it took hold as a professional standard. Some of the most interesting, and important, exchanges addressed the famed “Ninth Floor Project” at UCSF and the birth of clinical pharmacy practice in the United States; Bob’s account is brought alive through his well-drawn portraits of the many young Turks who ventured into the unknown and quite literally changed pharmacy as a result. The overall arc of history portrayed in this interview clearly shows the transformation of a profession from one that sold goods to one that offered services, from one that was stymied by other medical professionals to one that would make important and necessary contributions to medicine, from one that was “product-focused” to one that became firmly “patient-focused” (thanks to Dean Guglielmo for offering up that last formulation). With this interview, we not only have an outline of the history of pharmacy in the twentieth century, we have a pretty good first draft of it too.
Along with the detailed institutional story and the history of the profession, the interview offers great insight into the question, what kind of person would collect so much material about the history of pharmacy? Bob reveals a bit about his upbringing in Sacramento and his brief flirtation with enrolling in Catholic seminary school. He discusses his interest in chemistry but also a frustrating incident at UC Berkeley which sent him in a previously unforeseen direction: pharmacy school. A spirit of generosity is laid bare when he discusses the Ninth Floor Project—always giving credit to his colleagues and usually decentering his own role in the process: rarely have I conducted an interview in which the names of colleagues appear so regularly and with such appreciation. Bob’s ability to change comes forth in the interview as well. Not only is he ready to move with (and himself push) changes in the profession, but he tells how the events of the 1960s, particularly the Kent State shootings, profoundly affected him and thus sent him in a different direction personally: gone were suits and ties, new were jeans, a long beard, and a sense of connection with what was happening down the street in the Haight-Ashbury. The connections between his own life and the changes happening in the profession of pharmacy are readily apparent in the transcript, but I’ll hold off on pointing them out here for that might ruin some of the pleasure in reading this remarkable story, told so well.
The two-hundred and thirty seven pages of this interview transcript offer much more too, more than even can be alluded to in this short blog. I encourage you to read the transcript, and I want thank the many people who made this undertaking possible, including Dean Joseph Guglielmo, University Librarian Karen Butter, Archivist Polina Ilieva, and, of course, Bob Day himself.
Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library
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!
The Internet and its associated tools have begun to change how scientists can more effectively share information. One such social networking site you may have heard of is ResearchGate, an academic social networking site for doctors, PhDs. and scientists, offering tools and applications to allow users to interact and collaborate more effectively. The site has been described as a mash-up of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Scientists can set up and populate ResearchGate profiles with their real names, professional details and publications — data that the site uses to suggest connections with other members. Users can create public or private discussion groups, and share papers and lecture materials. A new portal encourages scientists to post both positive and negative results and data so that you can find out what does and does not work – an obvious advantage over current journals which only publish positive results.
Click here if you want to find out more about ResearchGate and how this and other social networking sites will change the way you work.
In the previous post, we were introduced to Dr. Daniel Lowenstein and his “Last Lecture” presentation, which was both powerful and inspiring. Shortly after writing the post, Dr. Lowenstein contacted me, and we had an interesting discussion about his experience preparing for, and delivering that presentation.
I have always wanted to incorporate the voices of the instructors, students, and staff at UCSF, who work in the trenches and present or attend presentations on a daily basis. This post marks the beginning of a new series that will feature interviews of those people. I hope you enjoy the first episode of “5 Questions!”
5 Questions with Dr. Lowenstein
Bonus track: The Basement People
If you have any ideas about who the next 5 Questions interviewee should be, please contact me or leave your ideas in the comments section below.
Summer arrives and with it comes the latest EndNote update. This year it’s version X7, though so far it’s only available for the Windows platform. Mac users will have to wait for the fall.
What’s new in X7? You can read more about X7 here though one important new feature is the ability for Windows users to add citations and reference links to PowerPoint slides:
You can also watch a short Youtube video.
UCSF affiliates can download a discounted copy of X7 from onthehub.com.
iPad users should be reminded that an app has been released for the iPad and is now on sale until July 31st.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/endnote-for-ipad/id593994211?mt=8 to view and purchase in iTunes.
See EndNote for iPad for more information http://endnote.com/ipad.
Those of you who boldly pay the buck and try it, please comment here with your experiences.
Recent revelations about much data is shared with the government has focused attention on just how many websites and services track what we do on the Internet. One of the biggest companies to do this is Google. If you don’t want Google and other major search engines to know so much about you, then you should consider using alternative search engines that protect privacy.
One search engine that’s growing in popularity is DuckDuckGo:
(The name is supposedly derived from the children’s game Duck, duck, goose.) It’s main draw is that unlike Google it doesn’t track what you’re doing or collect or share personal information. Here are search results for ibuprofen:
Some background reading: The surprising ways that Google can track everything that you do online
Powerful. Inspirational. Emotionally moving.
Those are the words that best describe Dr. Daniel Lowenstein’s “The Last Lecture” presentation, delivered to a packed house in Cole Hall on April 25th. The Last Lecture is an annual lecture series hosted by a UCSF professional school government group (and inspired by the original last lecture), in which the presenter is hand-picked by students and asked to respond to the question, ”If you had but one lecture to give, what would you say?” Dr. Daniel Lowenstein, epilepsy specialist and director of the UCSF Epilepsy Center, did not disappoint. In fact, I can say with confidence that he delivered one of the best presentations that I have attended.
Rather than attempt to paraphrase his words, or provide a Cliff Notes version that doesn’t do his presentation justice, I will instead encourage you to watch the video recording of his presentation. The video is an hour in length, and if you have any interest in becoming a better presenter yourself, it is a must-watch. After the jump, we’ll explore my top “top 5 lessons learned” from Dr. Lowenstein’s presentation.
Last Lecture – Top 5 Lessons Learned:
- “PowerPoint” is still boring. Dr. Lowenstein’s projected slide show was not typical PowerPoint. It did not consist of any bullet points, familiar and boring templates, or images “borrowed” from a last minute Google image search. Instead, used images from his own collection, and Prezi to build a canvas of images that moved in all directions, expanding, contracting and rotating to craft his message. The resulting slide show was personal, meaningful and most importantly, relatable.
- Story telling is the secret to success. When I first began studying the art of presenting, the idea of incorporating storytelling into a presentation was an elusive one. I am now convinced that storytelling is the secret to transforming a good presentation, into a great presentation. It is the glue that holds all of the elements of your presentation together, as well as the glitter that makes it shine. Dr. Lowenstein’s entire presentation was crafted into a story, the setting of which was established right from the beginning and illustrated by his first content slide. There were also chapters within the story, the most memorable of which for me was the Justice segment of his presentation, and his depiction of The Basement People. He didn’t begin by pointing out the original members of the UCSF Black Caucus that were in the audience, as most presenters would have done. Instead, he gradually painted a picture for us, so we could imagine what it was like to be a minority at UCSF over 50 years ago. He described their struggles in detail, and gave us time to relate, and even pointed out the fact that they had met in that very hall where we all sat. He didn’t reveal their presence until the end of the chapter, creating a crescendo of emotion, and the moment brought tears to the eyes of many audience members.
- Vulnerability equals trust. If you want your audience to believe in your message, you must first give them a reason to believe in you. And one of the most effective ways to make that happen is to share your vulnerabilities. In the eyes of the audience, this makes the presenter human, and it creates a bond between both parties. No one wants to listen to a sales-pitch presentation. Instead, they want the whole story with the ups and downs, so they can decide how we feel about it on their own terms. Just be sure to share vulnerabilities that relate to the subject of the presentation, because you’re going for empathy, not sympathy (which could have a negative effect). Dr. Lowenstein, when talking about Joy and Sorrow, shared one of his deepest personal sorrows, which was the unexpected passing of his son. In contrast, he shared a touching moment with his wife, expressing his love for her, right in front of the whole audience. These moments worked perfectly in the presentation because they were genuine, and they gave the audience a deeper understanding of Dr. Lowenstein.
- Don’t forget humor. No matter how serious, no matter how technical, there is a place in your presentation for a little humor. It can be used to lighten a heavy moment, open closed minds, and bring everyone in a room together (even if your audience members have very different backgrounds). Amidst Dr. Lowenstein’s presentation were timely moments of humor that seemed to come naturally from his personality. And hey, who doesn’t like a good male-patterened-baldness joke, anyway?! But seriously, if you can laugh at yourself, the audience has no excuse to not laugh along with you. There are two keys to using humor in your presentation; (1) it should be relevant to the current topic or story, and (2) it can’t be forced. If you’re not good at telling jokes, then try another form of humor!
- Present on your passions. As a presenter, your goal is simple – to instill in the audience an understanding of your message, and a belief in you. If you give them the impression, even for a moment, that you don’t believe in yourself or the message you’re presenting, you’re a dead man walking (or presenting) in the audience’s eyes. If you choose topics that you are passionate about, however, you will never have this problem. You may think it was easy for Dr. Lowenstein’s to be passionate about his presentation, because his task was, in essence, to present about his life’s passions… but I can assure you, it’s not easy to talk about your own life in front of an audience. In contrast, imagine that you have to give a presentation on, say, your department’s new accounting policies. To make matters worse, imagine that your audience is being forced to attend. What do you do? Surely, there is no passion to be found in accounting policy, is there?! Well, actually, there is, if you take the right angle. For example, does this new accounting policy save the department time, or money? And then, can that saved time and money be applied towards more constructive, or creative tasks that your coworkers actually want to do? If so, and you frame the presentation in a positive light, the audience will listen.
To top it all off, Dr. Lowenstein spent the last few minutes of his presentation reviewing each of the 4 segments of his talk, and then related it all back to a single, clear message. That, my friends, is an example of storytelling 101, so I hope you were talking notes!
Continue on to part 2 of this post, where I interview Dr. Lowenstein about his experiences preparing for and delivering the Last Lecture presentation!
If you also found inspiration in Dr. Lowenstein’s presentation, please share your thoughts below, and I’ll see you at next year’s “Last Lecturer” event.