GauchoSpace is the learning management system for UCSB courses and projects. Instructors and TAs use GauchoSpace to create sites for their courses every quarter.
For courses enrolled through GOLD, GauchoSpace sites are synced with enrollment data and are automatically populated with the roster of students upon creation of the site. Course sites are used to add interactive activities, such as assignments and quizzes, as well as resources like syllabi, lecture notes, and other files. GauchoSpace sites are also used to communicate with students using multiple messaging tools. To view examples of resources and activities that can be added to your GauchoSpace site, visit our Showcase Sites.
GauchoSpace is built using Moodle, an open source learning platform that is built by a large and active community of developers and programmers.
GauchoSpace can be accessed from this link: gauchospace.ucsb.edu. You will use your UCSBnetID and password to log in to GauchoSpace. We recommend using Firefox to access GauchoSpace.
Note: If you are new to using GauchoSpace as an Instructor, or are a returning instructor who has not used GauchoSpace for several quarters, it may be helpful to enroll yourself in our GauchoSpace Online Orientation site.
Once you log in, you will see a list of the courses in which you are enrolled, as an instructor, teaching assistant or student. Use the dropdown at the bottom of the screen to limit what is displayed to only the current quarter's courses.
Building a GauchoSpace Course Site
The following is a list of pages that will help you start building your GauchoSpace course site:
- Create your GauchoSpace Course Site: See the FAQ on "Reasons you may not see your course site", if you do not see a course that you are assigned in the UCSB Site Creator.
- Manage the start date and change the layout of your course
- Adding Resources: Resources are the tools that instructors can add to provide information to their students.
Why a Site Might not be Appearing: If you are looking to create a new course site and you do not see it in your list of My courses and it is not available to be made from the Course Site Creator, it is likely that one of these problems has occurred:
- You have not attended an orientation session. Solution: Sign-up for a training session.
- You are not the official Instructor of Record. Solution: Ask your department to assign you as instructor of record.
- The site you are looking for is older and is not on the current server. Solution: Older sites can be found on the archived servers.
Sites from the last two years can be imported by the Instructor or an Editing TA. Note: If you want to make changes to an archived site in preparation for a future quarter, please request a Sandbox Site.
- Log in to GauchoSpace
- Click edit my profile on the main page
- Under the Privacy tab, change Email display to your desired preference.
- Click Update profile to save your email display preference.
- Uploading a profile picture: How do I upload a profile picture of myself and who can see it?
- Changing your name: Name change settings are handled outside of GauchoSpace, How do I edit my GauchoSpace profile?
- Updating your email: Instructors can change their email address by updating their email in Identity.
Help for i>clicker, Zoom, WeBWork and GauchoCast in GauchoSpace:
- Zoom is an easy-to-use video and audio conferencing platform that allows for online meetings with screen-sharing and annotation capabilities. Instructors can use the software for holding online office hours or other online group meetings in their courses.
- GauchoCast, a service supported by Instructional Development for uploading lecture videos. Instructors can add a GauchoCast block to their course site to link videos for student viewing.
- i>Clicker for in-class polling, instructors can set up i>Clicker to integrate with their gradebook.
- WeBWork for math assignments. GauchoSpace will allow you to integrate WeBWorK activities (homework sets) directly into your site. In order to set-up WeBWorK for your GauchoSpace site, please submit a help ticket indicating the course you would like to link to WeBWorK and any historical problem sets that you may need to access.
- Virtual Computer Lab (VLC) is an activity that can be added to a GauchoSpace site for remote access to select academic software via the Internet. As licensing permits, software applications that are available in Windows-based Collaborate instructional labs can be used by UCSB students from any computer with a reliable Internet connection as long as a VCL has been added by the instructor to a GauchoSpace site. This allows students to make use of software without being dependent on access to a physical lab and without having to purchase software licenses for personal computers. The VCL service is only accessible through GauchoSpace courses and project sites.
- Submit a Help Ticket - GauchoSpace support answers help tickets during regular business hours.
- In-Person support - The Faculty Resource Center in Kerr 1110 is open Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm when classes are in session.