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CLE Quiz Video Series

Thu, 2016-04-28 11:00

The CLE Quiz activity has been well documented here on the Convergence blog and we are always looking for ways to better support the online assessment tool. In the past we provided CLE Tips for Finals, a CLE Quiz FAQ, CLE Exam Tips for Students, and have recently released a video series showcasing the CLE Quiz activity.

Just a reminder that the CLE uses the term “Quiz” for the activity, but do not be mistaken – the Quiz activity is a robust online assessment tool that can be used for self-evaluations, tests, exams, mid-terms, and finals at UCSF.

Are you preparing for an upcoming CLE exam or final? Take a look at the video series below to learn about creating, configuring, and grading a CLE Quiz.

The content is organized into three videos, and a bonus FAQ video. This video series is designed to help UCSF faculty and staff quickly find the information they need when administering an online exam in the UCSF CLE.

Add a Quiz Video
In this video we will add a Quiz to a CLE course and configure Quiz settings.

Add Questions to a Quiz Video
In this video we will create and add questions to a CLE Quiz.

Grade a Quiz Video
In this video we will grade a CLE Quiz.

Quiz FAQ Video
In this video we will review a few frequently asked questions about the CLE Quiz activity.


Have questions about these videos or about an upcoming CLE Quiz? Contact a Learning Tech Specialist or attend an upcoming Tech Clinic at the UCSF Library.

We have a Quiz Demo scheduled for the May 13 Tech Clinic, from 1:30-3pm. Join us at the UCSF Library for a demonstration and conversation on the power of the Quiz activity! Click below to learn more and register:

Learning Tech Specialists are also available to help review CLE quizzes with faculty and course staff before a high-stakes exam such as a midterm or final. We call this a Quiz Preflight and it only takes 10-15 minutes to confirm quiz settings are configured correctly.

Remember to visit the UCSF Learning Tech Support Center to view our growing collection of CLE support videos and for additional Quiz support!

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Conquering the CLE Gradebook

Wed, 2016-03-23 10:03

The gradebook is a powerful module that is available in every CLE course, though it can be intimidating to new course editors. It allows instructors to organize and calculate grades, and it allows students to view their own grades. The gradebook offers a number of customization options, and it can accommodate simple or complex grading schemes. With this blog post, we are happy to announce a new collection of help resources all about the gradebook!

Have you ever wondered how extra credit works in the gradebook? Do you want to make a back up copy of grade histories for safe keeping? How do you capture grades from in-class assignments that have no electronic component on the CLE course home page? All of these questions, and many more, are answered in the following help documents. If you aren’t sure where to look, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll point you in the right direction. Happy grading, and good luck!

  1. Gradebook Handout (detailed, printable guide, PDF)
  2. Gradebook Introduction (online documents covering basic concepts)
  3. Gradebook Tips (online documents covering additional tips and tricks)
  4. Gradebook FAQ (online list of commonly asked questions and answers)

Also note that this easy-to-remember URL will take you directly to the introduction article:

Categories: Convergence

Announcing a New Online Workshop: Foundations in the CLE

Wed, 2016-03-16 15:22

We are pleased to announce a new online workshop designed to teach you how to perform basic tasks associated with building a course or collaboration space in the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)!


The purpose of the Foundations in the CLE workshop is to help new users who are tasked with creating or editing courses. The four-hour online training is self-paced and includes a basic overview of the CLE, an introduction to the interface, and information about adding tools and resources to your courses.

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Participants can self enroll by simply logging in to the CLE and searching for the course or just click the button below to enroll now!

Have questions on how to get started? Contact a Learning Tech Specialist or just leave a comment below!

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Watch & Learn!

Wed, 2016-03-02 09:59

Have you ever stood in front of a machine with little or no idea on how to operate it? For example, a self check-in kiosk at the airport? Then you watch someone else give it a try and you suddenly understand how it works!

That’s the idea behind our video tutorials. We invite you to peek over our shoulders, so to speak, and watch our tips and tricks videos that show you how to perform some basic functions in the CLE.

Below you will find several short and focused videos, so you can pick and choose just the ones you need. These tips and tricks videos will also be posted on the Learning Tech Support Center. We will continue to post new videos so check back for new additions to keep up to speed on new ways to use the CLE!

Do you have ideas for videos that you would like to see? Contact a Learning Tech Specialist today or just leave a comment below!

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Say Hello to Atto!

Thu, 2016-02-18 12:07

Did you know there is a new CLE text editor, called Atto? Not to worry, the current text editor (called TinyMCE) used to add text to CLE course pages, reply to forums, answer essay questions, and much more, is still available as the default editor in the CLE.

UCSF students, faculty, and staff are now able to select Atto as their CLE text editor. Why would you want to do this? The Atto editor improves usability and accessibility, and is also mobile-friendly. The Atto editor is designed with accessibility in mind and will even warn you when content that you have added to the editor is not accessible. And did we mention that you can now add images to the Atto text editor using drag and drop?

Here is what Atto looks like!

And below is what Atto looks like on a mobile device, such as an iPhone:

Interested in using the Atto editor? Follow the instructions below to change your CLE text editor:

  1. Log in to the UCSF CLE
  2. From the Navigation block, click My Profile > View Profile
  3. From the Administration block, click Edit Profile
  4. From the Text editor drop-down, choose Atto HTML editor
  5. Click Update Profile button

You can return to your CLE Profile at any time and switch back to the TinyMCE editor if you are not a fan of Atto.

Remember to avoid using Internet Explorer (IE) when accessing the CLE, as some functionality may not work, such as drag and drop. You can read more about recommended browsers for the CLE on the CLE FAQ.

Other features of the Atto editor include:

  • Improved usability and accessibility
  • Mobile and theme-friendly
  • Screenreader helper
  • Accessibility checker
  • Created and maintained by Moodle (the system that powers the CLE)

Want to learn more about using CLE Text Editors? Visit the Learning Tech Support Center (or click the image below) to view detailed instructions for using both the TinyMCE and Atto text editors. Atto will one day become the CLE default text editor, so give it a try and let us know what you think.

Have additional questions? Contact a Learning Tech Specialist today!

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