Events

Workshop: Designing Your Online Course

March 20 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

The following is the timeline for the forthcoming OTL Workshop, Designing Your Online Course

  • March 20: Applications due.
  • March 27: Accepted projects notified.
  • March 27 – April 7: Pre-meeting with an instructional designer.
  • Monday April 10 – Friday May 19 (6 weeks; Weeks 2-7 of the quarter)

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Workshop: Designing Your Online Course

March 20 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

The following is the timeline for the forthcoming OTL Workshop, Designing Your Online Course

  • March 20: Applications due.
  • March 27: Accepted projects notified.
  • March 27 – April 7: Pre-meeting with an instructional designer.
  • Monday April 10 – Friday May 19 (6 weeks; Weeks 2-7 of the quarter)

Instructional Design Showcase – Hypothesis

February 2 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

This is an online event  

Register to receive the Zoom link and calendar invitation

What to Expect in this Showcase

In this Hypothesis showcase, we will demonstrate how to get started with this social annotation tool and share UCLA faculty’s experience using the tool.

The Hypothesis training team will offer the following resources and support:

  • A sharable document of Getting started – UCLA and Hypothesis
  • UCLA faculty’s experience of using Hypothesis as a student engagement solution:
    • Dr. Adam Millard-Ball, Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Acting Director of the UCLA Institute for Transportation, will informally discuss how he implements Hypothesis for social reading assignments in his courses.
    • Ideas for using Hypothesis for teaching and learning
  • The pedagogical strategies of using the tool for different subjects and modalities.

Presenters: 

Prof. Adam Millard-Ball is Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Acting Director of the UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies. His areas of research and teaching are transportation, the environment, and urban data science.

Ashley Hood, Ed.M, is the Customer Success Manager at Hypothesis.

CCLE Sunsetting

November 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

After November 18 at 5:00PM PST, CCLE will no longer be available for general use.

As a reminder, courses from Spring 2019 to Summer 2022 have been migrated to Bruin Learn (reference the Bruin Larn migrated courses page for more information). Additionally, course content and student data is being stored in the K16 Archive Solution. The archive will only store content and not formatting. The Bruin Learn CoE and ITS will support requests to retrieve course and student data. If needed, instructors should make this request via this form or email bruinlearn-support@it.ucla.edu.

The Bruin Learn team has put together some resources to help you manage your CCLE course migration:

ID Showcase – Digital Humanities 150 – Pirates of the Mediterranean through Text Analysis

Digital Humanities 150 – Pirates of the Mediterranean through Text Analysis

Digital Humanities 150 is designed and created by Prof. Ashley Sanders.

Prof. Sanders uses text analysis to study the fascinating history of Pirates of the Mediterranean in DH150. In this showcase, Prof. Sanders shared how she used Bruin Learn Modules and Pages to structure the course. She also created and implemented Bruin Learn’s Rubric tool to speed-up grading and discussed why a rubric is crucial in making expectations transparent to students.

In addition, Prof. Sanders used Leganto, the UCLA Library’s Course Reading List integration in Bruin Learn. Leganto allows instructors to discover, create, and maintain course e-reserve and reading lists, which helps and supports students begin their research projects on unfamiliar topics.

Presented: Thursday, June 16, 2022

ID Showcase – Digital Humanities 101 – Introduction to Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities 101 – Introduction to Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities 101 is designed and created by Prof. Ashley Sanders.

Prof. Ashley Sanders covers a variety of digital tools and approaches in DH101 to organize, explore, understand, present, and tell stories with data. She uses several Bruin Learn features to support her course design and the digital approaches in this course.

In this showcase, Prof. Sanders discussed how she adopted modular design to support students’ learning sequence, how she used the Design Tools to help organize page content, and how the course design enabled students’ active collaborations on projects in Bruin Learn.

Presented: Thursday, July 14 @ 10:00 am

ID Showcase – Ally – The Accessibility Tool

Ally – The Accessibility Tool


Ally works to make course content accessible. It checks for accessibility issues and generates alternative formats, guides instructors on how to improve their course content, and provides institutional-wide reporting on content accessibility.
This showcase presented:

  • What Ally is
  • How students can use the tool to improve the accessibility of documents
  • How faculty can use the Ally tool remediate documents and
  • How the Ally tool can bring higher awareness to the accessibility needs of students with disabilities
  • Examples of using Ally in Bruin Learn to make course materials more accessible

Resources:

  • This Ally showcase session was presented by Travis Lee and Disabilities Computing Program team.
    Questions and Answers collected during the presentation: Instructional Design Showcase Questions
    Presented: Thursday, September 29, 2022

ID Showcase – GEOG 5 – People and Earth’s Ecosystems

ID Showcase: Geography 5 – People and Earth’s Ecosystems

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Geography 5 is designed and taught by Prof. Kyle Cavanaugh.

This showcase demonstrates how Prof. Cavanaugh used UCLA’s Bruin Learn course template and CidiLab’s Design Tools to redesign his Geography 5 course, including organizing the syllabus and module pages. Prof. Cavanaugh used Rubrics to support students working on lab assignments, and Quizzes as a survey tool to encourage student participation in class.

In addition, by designing different types of activities and assessments using the Assignment tool in Bruin Learn, the instructor engaged students with the learning materials and course content at a higher level.

Presented: Thursday, October 20, 2022

Selected Q&A from the Showcase

QuestionResponse
Did you use the campus Bruin Learn template? How do students feel about the course navigation?Yes! Students gave positive feedback about the course navigation. Expectations were clear and the course was well-organized. Consistency!!
Do you think the weekly quiz helps students learn more efficiently than the mid-term and final?Students were motivated to do the quiz during the class. It incentivizes them.
Did you lose or gain anything by doing away with the mid-term and final? This is a big decision in a large class.No effect on grades.
Takes more work to design.
Requires more consistent effort from learners.
Spaced practice.
o you use quiz bank for those weekly quizzes?Yes! 60 or so questions in each quiz bank. The questions are randomized for students (between students) and between attempts – Prof. Cavanaugh is also using Quiz Groups.
Have you thought to add quizzes to videos?Not yet, but want to try that idea. Textbook has practice questions as well.
How do you grade the discussion activities?This is part of the students’ participation score (20% of final grade, which is discussion posts and discussion section participation). For the discussion posts – if they give a “sufficient” discussion post, they get the full 5 points. If they write something lacking, they’ll get half credit, etc. (0, half credit, full credit)
For your TAs, how do they handle such a large volume of discussion posts? Does Speedgrader help with this?Rubrics in Speedgrader does help. Going forward, doing the same would help with the discussion posts. Currently, it is on the TA to keep track of discussion grades.
Do you find the students answering each others’ questions in that Forum or do they all expect an answer from an instructor?In this class, yes they would – when they knew the answer, they would jump in and answer! (In an upper division class, that was less the case – students would wait more for answers from the professor.)
To what extent did you have to use Cidilabs to customize your site?Not at all – just used the Bruin Learn template, and brought in the materials from CCLE.
What was the best part of your switch to Bruin Learn from CCLE?The time it took to switch over to move to Bruin Learn was a negative (a lot of remaking the site because the videos didn’t transfer). Overall, happy with Bruin Learn! Good flexibility, the structure and layout from students’ perspective seems clearer.
Can you say a little about TA roles & responsibilities and your communication (of expectations etc) with them?TAs have an important role.
They run weekly labs.
Small group exercises.
Weekly TA meetings
TA guide
Have you experienced that your students share they would like to have more content presented synchronously?The criticism more is that there’s not enough interaction with the professor – one way could be to present content synchronously. However, students do not say they want to go back to in-person or video lectures.

Bruin Learn

OTL and Bruin Learn

Bruin Learn is the branded name for UCLA’s learning management system (LMS). An LMS is essentially a course-specific website that provides robust functionality such as discussion boards, document access, and automatically-graded quizzes. Bruin Learn is based on Instructure’s Canvas platform, and is part of the university’s overall effort to standardize information technology, including those tools used for instruction. With Bruin Learn, UCLA aligns with the other UC campuses, the Cal State University system, and CA community colleges in using Canvas, and this consolidation around a common platform for all state public higher education will enable students to more easily take courses intersegmentally.


In the fall of 2021 UCLA changed its learning management system platform from Moodle to Instructure’s Canvas product. Prof. Jan Reiff, OTL’s founding leader, championed the campus review and selection of Canvas. Jan asked many OTL staff to lead and assist in crucial areas of the Bruin Learn project, including:

  • Participating on numerous committees, subcommittees, workgroups, and in the campus community;
  • Leading and providing academic and instructional support, media design and production;
  • Managing software acquisition, licensing, and integration.

Along the way, our team helped campus appropriately repurpose extensive infrastructures, deploy resources, engineer web-enabled processes, promote standards-compliant services, and repurpose team building communities. To speak with us about instructional design in Bruin Learn, please reach out to us at contact@online.ucla.edu or submit the form using the button below. Both the email and the form are sent to the same location, so use either method and we will get back to you as soon as we can!


Help with Bruin Learn

For general help on using Bruin Learn’s tools and technologies, OTL recommends starting with Bruin Learn Support. The staff there can help with technical and operational issues, such as gaining access to your course, ironing out enrollment or TA issues, understanding Canvas and the MyUCLA gradebook, and other general purpose help with the platform.

While OTL’s staff can answer many of these questions, our focus is on helping faculty and departments leverage the full pedagogical benefits of the platform. Bringing an academic perspective, the OTL instructional designers can help with developing and/or redesigning programs and courses.

Moving forward. the campus will continue to leverage OTL’s deep knowledge of Canvas and our instructional design experiences and skills.

Resources for Faculty


Help with CCLE Migration


CCLE has been removed for general use. As a reminder, courses from Spring 2019 to Summer 2022 have been migrated to Bruin Learn (reference the migrated courses page for more information). Additionally, course content and student data is being stored in the K16 Archive Solution. The archive will only store content and not formatting. The Bruin Learn CoE in IT Services supports requests to retrieve course and student data. If needed, instructors should make this request via this form or email .

The Bruin Learn team put together these resources to help you manage your CCLE migrated course content: Migrated Course Overview