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Using Forums for Group Work or Peer Review

Published: March 17, 2021
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By now, many UCLA instructors have discovered the native Forum tool in CCLE to engage with students and create a space for discussion.  But did you know that you can also use a single forum for group work, or even for a peer review activity?  While not anonymous (in the case of peer review), this…

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RITC Call 2021-22

Published: February 26, 2021

Humanities Technology is now seeking Research and Instructional Technology Consultants (RITCs) for 2021-22 Deadline for Applications: May 7, 2021 Are you looking for a job that offers fee remissions and real-world professional and research training in a supportive team environment? Are you open to expanding your higher ed tech skills? Please apply to join us…

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HumTech FunTech: Inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest

Published: November 12, 2020
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Research shows that high-performing teams like HumTech are able to sustain excellence by building team connections, so we took advantage of the Friday before Halloween to spend an hour carving pumpkins and choosing a winner for 2020. Seven of our 17 staff signed up for the October 30th event, whose rules were intentionally simple to…

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Humanities Migration to Box for File Storage and Collaboration

Published: September 23, 2020
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This fall 2020, the Computing Support Group at HumTech will partner with departments to migrate from on-premise file storage to the UCLA Box Cloud Storage Service. This migration will make it easier to support a wider variety of file storage with more flexibility, usability, and reliability. The migration has been carefully planned, and will be…

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Migration to Amazon Web Services Cloud Computing

Published: June 16, 2020

In July 2020, the Digital Services team at HumTech will began migrating the Humanities on-premise data center the cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS). This migration will make it easier to support a wider variety of computing resources with more flexibility, usability, and reliability. AWS offers over 150 tools and resources, drastically increasing the amount…

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UCLA College Humanities 2020 Virtual Commencement

Published: June 12, 2020

As the Dean of Humanities mentions below, “we are living in an extraordinary moment in time” filled with many challenges, so we thought it important to spread his message and the accompanying virtual commencement video below in celebration of our Humanities Graduates. Visit the Humanities website to see photos and videos from last years commencement….

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Communicating via CCLE

Published: January 14, 2020
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As courses increasingly utilize online components at UCLA, the demand for effective online communication tools rises as well, as highlighted in a recent Daily Bruin article about the design and efficacy of online classes. We’d like to address some of these concerns, but also to establish some best practices and effective methods for communicating in…

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Going Serverless with the UCLA Writing Center’s Scheduling App

Published: October 23, 2019

In Fall 2017, UCLA Humanities Technology was faced with needing to undertake a major PHP version upgrade of a locally hosted, custom application that provides web-based 24/7 scheduling for thousands of appointments annually for the Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC). This UWC Scheduler supports thousands of undergrads every year and facilitates the matching of peer writing…

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New Academic Year, New RITCs!

Published: October 3, 2019

We would like to take a moment to introduce our Research and Instructional Technology Consultant (RITC) team for the 2019-20 academic year. While we are fortunate enough to have our veterans Benjamin Niedzielski (Classics and Indo-European Linguistics) and Terrah Jones (Archaeology) returning, joining them this academic year are: Dandi Meng, English, (dandiritc@humnet.ucla.edu) Nick Schwieterman, Library…

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Student Activities that Resonate

Published: October 3, 2019

Over the past few terms, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with and support instructors as they create non-traditional assignments in their classes. Despite some of the challenges that may arise with a technical implementation, both direct student feedback and observation indicate these may have a longer lasting impact on students than more traditional writing…

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