A Guide to Creating a CLE course

There are several basic steps to setting up a new Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) course and considerations to make before getting started. Use this page as a guide and follow the links to support articles that explain your options in greater detail.

Is the CLE Appropriate for My Course?

The CLE is intended for academic courses offered to students who log in using a UCSF MyAccess account. It is also possible to make a course available to users who are not logged in with a MyAccess account by enabling Guest Access. Guest Access allows public guests to view your course in a very limited way. For details about enrollment options, see the Managing Participants and Enrollment help article and click enrollments.

If you are considering developing:

CLE Training

Before you start building your first CLE course, it may be helpful to enroll in the online, self paced Foundations in the CLE course. This course helps new users perform basic tasks associated with setting up a course or collaboration space in the CLE.  Please contact the learningtech@ucsf.edu if you have any questions.

How do I request a CLE training space? 

The CLE training space allows you to explore the interface and practice using the CLE in learning exercises that will be assigned in each section. To request a CLE training space, please submit the questionnaire here

*Please note training spaces are created by Learning Tech staff and we will contact you with new course information within 1 business day.

How do I request a Course?

A new CLE course shell needs to be requested each semester you teach a class. CLE course shells are created by the category manager in your school or department. Please contact your category manager or CLE support  to request a new course.
When you request a new course you’ll need to think about how you will name it, consider an abbreviated title (that will be displayed in course emails and links), determine which category it belongs in,  who will need to access the course and how students will be enrolled. For details, see Managing Participants and Enrollment and click the enrollment tab.

How do I copy a previous course?

It is possible to copy a previous CLE course rather than build a new one from scratch. For details, see importing CLE course content.

Additional Resources

Check out the additional help articles in the CLE Course Development and Management Section.

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