ID Showcase – Hypothesis

Instructional Design Showcase – Hypothesis

Information on registering for the February 2, 2023 showcase.

Hypothesis is one of the social annotation tools that have been integrated into Bruin Learn. This showcase demonstrates the set-up, ideas, and pedagogical strategies for using Hypothesis for different subjects and modalities.

The session explains how to get started with Hypothesis and set up assignments in the tool. We also discuss how Hypothesis supports learning from the perspectives of critical thinking, simplicity, community, and inclusion. In addition, the session explores the ideas and pedagogical strategies for UCLA faculty to use social annotation to engage students in teaching and learning. UCLA faculty join to informally share how they implements Hypothesis for social reading assignments in their course.


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 research and teaching touches on transportation, the environment, and urban data science.

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

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Instructional Design Showcase – Hypothesis

February 2 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

This is an online event  

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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.


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.

Instructional Design Showcase – Prof. Wiley

November 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

N171 – Public Health Nursing is designed and taught by Prof. Dorothy Wiley.

This showcase demonstrates how Prof. Wiley uses several features and tools in Bruin Learn and digital portfolios in support of the competency-based curriculum design in this hybrid Nursing course. Prof. Wiley uses Modules in Bruin Learn to support course content organization, which helps students easily recognize their learning path. The emerging technology of Learning Glass adopted by Prof. Wiley produces high-quality instructional videos and lectures to encourage student engagement with learning materials. Prof. Wiley also experiments with the approach of learning pods and the digital portfolio to allow students collaboratively document and contribute to where they can apply what they learned from the class to the local community.

What to Expect in this Showcase
N171 has experimented with several educational technologies and applied different pedagogical strategies to increase student engagement. In this presentation, the instructor will share their experiences with the following aspects:

  • Using Modules in Bruin Learn to organize content for this hybrid course
  • Using Learning Glass to pre-record lectures
  • Creating and redesigning several learning activities to support competency-based learning
  • Using different educational technologies to help students build their learning portfolio and encourage collaboration across projects

Faculty Bio:
Dorothy Wiley, a professor with the UCLA School of Nursing, has clinical expertise in community and public health prevention strategies, including the sexually transmitted diseases HIV and HPV. She led UCLA’s randomized clinical trial study site that contributed to the first HPV vaccine approved for use in the U.S. Her areas of scholarly expertise and interest include sexuality, sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV and HPV infection; cancer screening, cancer prevention, vaccine efficacy, molecular biomarkers for acute and chronic infections and infection clearance.

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Instructional Design Showcase – Prof. Wong

November 3, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

MATH 32A is designed and taught by Prof. Richard Wong.

This showcase demonstrates how Prof. Wong uses Bruin Learn and other educational technology tools to establish an interactive and collaborative teaching and learning environment for a math course. Prof. Wong organizes the learning objectives of this math course using Modules in Bruin Learn, which allows students easily track their learning progress. Prof. Wong adopted Gradescope and Campuswire to support student collaboration and provide instant and constructive feedback on assessments.

What to Expect in this Showcase
In MATH 32A, the instructor has used Bruin Learn’s native features as well as integrations to encourage students’ participation and collaboration. The presentation will share the experience of:

  • Using Modules to organize course learning objectives
  • Using Gradescope integration to grade and return quizzes and exams
  • Using Campuswire to create an environment where students are encouraged to ask questions and work collaboratively.

Faculty Bio:
Richard Wong is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA in the department of Mathematics. He has taught both large (210-student) and small (25-student) courses on multivariable calculus. In his courses, he uses inquiry-based and active learning techniques to make his classroom a welcoming environment where students are encouraged to actively engage with the course material.

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Instructional Design Showcase – Prof. Cavanaugh

October 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am


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What to Expect in this Showcase

In GEOGRAPHY 5, People and Earth’s Ecosystems, Prof. Cavanaugh will describe how he used Bruin Learn to showcase:

  • How to use the course template and the Design Tool to organize the syllabus page and module pages
  • How to use the rubric to support students in working on lab assignments 
  • How to use Assignment to create different types of activities and assessments to engage students in Bruin Learn 
  • How to use Quiz as a survey tool to encourage student’s participation in class 

Faculty Bio

Kyle Cavanaugh is the Vice Director of Marine Center and Associate Professor at UCLA Department of Geography. He studies the drivers and consequences of changes in coastal foundation species such as giant kelp forests and mangroves. He is especially interested in what controls large-scale changes in the distribution and abundance of these species. Much of his research utilizes remote sensing (e.g. satellite, aerial, and UAV imagery) to document ecological change over large space and time scales.

Instructional Design Showcase – iClicker

October 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am


This is an online event  

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Here’s an overview of what this training will cover:

  • A quick iClicker overview. Then we’ll dig deeper into the iClicker Cloud instructor options.
  • The different response options you can pick for your students and discussion of the iClicker student pricing.
  • How instructors use iClicker Cloud before, during, and after class.
  • Using a mock class session demonstrate how iClicker activities (polling, quizzing, and attendance) work from both the instructor and student perspectives. 
  • Assignments for asynchronous learning using iClicker.
  • Support options for instructors and students
  • CEILS teaching guide and resources for using iClicker to foster interactive classrooms

Please feel free to get started before our session by clicking on the link below.

Presenters Bio

Jennie Ribera is with MacMillan and UCLA’s iClicker Enterprise Solution Specialist.

Melissa O’Brien is the iClicker Client Relationship Specialist for UCLA, and provides service for training, onboarding and more. 

Shanna Shaked is the Senior Associate Director at CEILS UCLA. With a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan, Shanna leads at UCLA in the use of evidence-based teaching techniques, particularly those that aid in the retention of underrepresented groups. She has also pioneered a range of interdisciplinary teaching collaborations with faculty across the UCLA Physical and Life Sciences.

Instructional Design Showcase – Prof. Sanders

June 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

DH150, Pirates of the Mediterranean through Text Analysis, uses text analysis to study this fascinating history. In this showcase, the presenter will explore:

  • How Bruin Learn Modules and Pages have been used to structure a digital humanities course
  • How Leganto, a course reading list tool in Bruin Learn that allows instructors to discover, create, and maintain course e-reserve and reading lists, has been explored and adopted in this DH150 course to help and support students begin their research projects on unfamiliar topics
  • How to create and implement Bruin Learn Rubric to speed-up grading and discuss why it is crucial in making expectations transparent to students.

Faculty Bio

Ashley Sanders is Vice-Chair of Digital Humanities at UCLA. She offers courses on applied statistics for humanistic research, text analysis, social media data analytics, computational research capstones, and a large (120-student) project-based introductory DH course. Ashley holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialization in Digital Humanities from Michigan State University and a B.S. in both Mathematics and History. 

Instructional Design Showcase – Ally

September 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

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. View the Ally Accessibility Tool in Bruin Learn.

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This presentation will demonstrate:

  • What is Ally 
  • 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

Presenter Bios

Travis Lee is the Disabilities and Computing Coordinator at DCP. He has over 13 years of experience in education and training technology. Travis has his research focused on creating innovative and interactive learning for students of all ages with an emphasis on a simple and engaging user experience.

Carolanne Link is the UWAI Project Manager at DCP. She helps educate the campus about disability culture and accessibility best practices, hoping to change the hearts and minds of the general population to be amazing allies to the disabled community. UWAI helps elevate UCLA’s digital accessibility through web development, digital document trainings, cultural seminars, advisements and evaluations, and even social media presence.

Instructional Design Showcase – Leganto

September 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Course Reading List allows UCLA instructors to incorporate up-to-date links to Library resources and easily compile other freely available online resources into their courses in Bruin Learn. View the Leganto Course Reading List for more information.

This presentation will demonstrate:

  • How to access Leganto/Course Reading List in Bruin Learn
  • How to create a Resource/Reading List
  • Examples of using Leganto/Course Reading List to engage students and support learning in Bruin Learn

Presenter Bio

Michelle Brasseur is the librarian for Urban Planning and Public Policy who works closely with faculty and TAs in her subject areas to provide information literacy instruction and support access to Library resources. She is also the contact person for the Library for a new product called Leganto, which is called Course Reading List in Bruin Learn. 

Michelle has hosted a number of drop-in hours to demonstrate and answer questions about Leganto and is happy to meet one-on-one with any interested instructors.

Instructional Design Showcase – Prof. Collette

May 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

As a joint effort between the UCLA LMS Transformation project team and UCLA Online Teaching and Learning (OTL), we are taking an opportunity to showcase:

  1. sharing types of course design in the LMS platform, Bruin Learn and addressing pedagogical approaches and strategies,
  2. highlighting features of Bruin Learn to enhance teaching and learning in various courses and disciplines, and
  3. appreciating the faculty’s teaching and design efforts in the new platform

Prof Collett CourseWith a large-enrollment course, SOC 1 integrated various course design solutions to provide students with different types of interactions with course materials, lectures, and chances to communicate with peers. It also prepared formative and summative assessment activities using additional features in Bruin Learn.

  • Build knowledge checkpoints into lecture videos to allow students to interact with lecture content
  • Invite guest lecturers to augment students’ experience with specific topics and introduce them to the work being done by sociologists at UCLA
  • Use Rubrics to track discussion participation
  • Use Group Set to manage large class discussion
  • It might be helpful to see how this class manages a very large enrollment.

Jessica L. Collett is a Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education in the Sociology department and an award-winning teacher. She has been teaching Introductory Sociology online since summer 2020.

This is an in-person + Zoom event

In-person location: 11360 YRL, Main Conference Room, Young Research Library

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May 19, 2022
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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