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Textual analysis and word clouds

Published: December 12, 2018
A small word cloud of terms associated with word clouds

If you have done work in the Humanities, you have likely come across the concept of “close reading” — the careful, detailed examination and interpretation of a short passage of text. The understanding gained is precise and, when done well, shows important information about the text as a whole. Close reading, however, can and should…

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Becoming HumTech: Things to know as we change our name

Published: October 25, 2018

On October 17, 2018, our Dean of Humanities announced the launch of Humanities Technology — “HumTech” — as part of an expanded approach to technology support for the Humanities at UCLA. As the Dean’s announcement states, the name “HumTech” more accurately “… reflect[s] this organization’s role as the technology solutions and support center for the…

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Meet our new staff!

Published: October 2, 2018
RITCs

HumTech welcomes our new Labs Coordinator, Andrew Jessup, and seven members of the Research and Instructional Technology Consultant (RITC) team for 2018-19. Andrew is based in the Learning Lab @ Rolfe (Rolfe Hall 2118). He is a UCLA alum, and joins us from UCSB, where he worked for their library’s Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory. Our RITC…

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A new home(page) for CCLE

Published: October 2, 2018
ccle homepage

You may have noticed that CCLE got an upgrade over the summer. As we mentioned in June the Moodle 3.4 (on which CCLE is built) comes with some new features, security enhancements, and a more streamlined appearance. Among the many changes to the system is a newly redesigned home page. The first thing you may…

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Introducing the Admin Panel: your new course site command center!

Published: October 2, 2018
NORAD command center

As part of the summer upgrade of CCLE, some of the interface changes mean new names and locations for key functions. The Admin Panel has replaced and combined the Course Administration block AND the Control Panel; they are consolidated into one central location, the new one-stop-shop that is the Admin Panel. The Admin Panel is…

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A new CCLE – with new features!

Published: June 18, 2018

CCLE has a new look, and with it, some nice new features! Launching for summer 2018, the upgrade to UCLA’s course management system gives CCLE a cleaner, more modern appearance in addition to the necessary improvements to the system’s security. The updated interface should make existing features more user-friendly and intuitive. Here are five new…

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Inaugural Course Sharing Symposium at HumTech

Published: June 18, 2018
course sharing symposium lead in

On the afternoon of May 16, instructors from around North Campus joined to discuss the challenges and opportunities around sharing courses across UC campuses. Sharing courses between campuses is a growing trend as it simultaneously provides higher enrollments for the host institution, access to otherwise unavailable courses for remote students, and enables the continued instruction…

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Debating Transformative Teaching in the Humanities

Published: June 18, 2018
Epic Conference

The EPIC Program at UCLA recognizes the possibilities of transformative teaching in the classroom when effort is put forth to embrace diversity: both the diversity of the students and the diversity of pedagogical approaches and technologies available to receptive educators. This philosophy was at the forefront of the Inaugural EPIC (Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative…

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Helping Students Become Better Writers with Calibrated Peer Review

Published: May 8, 2018

Although it’s not specific to the humanities, the teaching of writing is an important priority for undergraduate instruction. Often, we don’t think of technology as a way of helping students learn how to write, because computers can’t understand writing, and are poor judges of its quality. That said, technology can help students become better writers…

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Instructional Impact of Student MFA

Published: April 9, 2018

On April 17, all students at UCLA will be required to use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to access university systems (including CCLE), a process that UCLA faculty and staff undertook last October. As instructors and UCLA employees, we have all become accustomed to the process of logging in, most of us by sending a push to…

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