June 11, 2014

What is the "analog sunset" and how does it impact classroom technology?

The "analog sunset" is the broad term being used to describe the transition to digital display technologies that is currently ongoing within the electronics industry. As the analog sunset progresses, new electronic devices will no longer be able to interface with older analog devices and vice-versa. In addition, most of the major PC manufacturers have announced that beginning in 2013, they will be removing VGA entirely from their computers.

April 18, 2014

Image of CD on top of VHS Tape with film pulled out

Did you know that manufacturers are no longer making VCRs? Although many technology classrooms include the ability to play a VHS tape, the format is now a legacy technology. Find out what you can do today to preserve your media and ensure you can play your content tomorrow.

March 12, 2014

Enjoy your summer by taking something off your Fall to-do list now. Sign-up today for bCourses and request a Webcast-capable classroom from your schedulers.

November 22, 2013

Recently, users have experienced problems using the Web Content tool in bSpace (ie. linked pages show up blank). The reason for this is due to changes in default web browser security settings. We recommend using the steps outlined here, to make sure your students can view those links.

November 5, 2013

B-Ready for bCourses

In Spring 2014, campus will begin the transition to bCourses, Berkeley's new Learning Management System (LMS) powered by Canvas.  For more information, go to:

October 24, 2013

Overhead Projector

Phasing out Overhead Transparency Projectors

Starting in Spring 2014, ETS will no longer provide overhead transparancy projection equipment for loan and in general assignment classrooms. If you are planning on displaying transparancies, you do have a couple of options.

August 15, 2013

As Fall semester gets underway, we'd like all of our users to review this list of tips and answers to commonly asked questions. Doing so might very well address your question and save you time. Thank you.

 Important updates for all our users

 In order to improve the stability and performance of bSpace, ETS updated it this summer to the 2.9 version of Sakai. This article describes the key changes brought with this update. Be sure to review this before you start developing your course site.

August 9, 2013

This Fall, the webcast.berkeley program is pleased to announce a major change in the infrastructure that supports the classroom capture program. While there will only be minimal noticeable changes, primarily for faculty who opt in to have their courses captures, the changes reflect an entire replacement of the software and hardware that powers this valuable campus service.

August 8, 2013

In order to ensure bSpace's stability for the next two years and to take advantage of new features developed by the Sakai community, ETS recently completed an update to bSpace. This update to Sakai 2.9 is part of a two-year project currently underway, aimed at improving the teaching and learning capabilities of the campus' LMS. You can read more about the LMS project here.

July 18, 2013

With its Summer 2013 pilot well underway, ETS is engaged in evaluating the Canvas LMS from a variety of perspectives and with input from many key campus stakeholders. 

July 7, 2013

Wheeler Auditorium is undergoing a technology upgrade that will make it a premier High Definition facility. Work is underway to replace the 25 year old analog system with a state of the art HD camera switching package for webcast. Wheeler Lectern Old & New

June 14, 2013

June 3, 2013

On July 8th, ETS will update bSpace in order to ensure its stability for the next two years and to take advantage of new features developed by the Sakai community. This update to Sakai 2.9 is part of a larger project currently underway, aimed at improving the teaching and learning capabilities of the campus' LMS. You can read more about the LMS project here. Even as we determine which new LMS we'll use and what the rollout plan for the campus will be, ETS will make sure that bSpace remains reliable and useful for our 45,000 users.

May 13, 2013

In late May, ETS kicked off its Summer Canvas pilot with three instructors from the Law School, and Art History and Sociology, who bring a diverse set of needs to the Canvas platform. The purpose of the pilot, which is part of the larger LMS replacement project, is to determine whether the Canvas LMS can meet our criteria for replacing bSpace and for meeting the teaching needs of the campus. This pilot includes a total of five departments and about 300 students.

April 26, 2013

Based on considerable feedback from our user community about the limitations of bSpace (powered by Sakai), ETS has undertaken an effort to find a Learning Management System (LMS) better suited to Berkeley faculty and student needs. We have a set of key requirements, derived from our user conversations and from studying the LMS landscape at our peer institutions, that better address the current and projected needs and have determined that the Canvas product from Instructure looks like the most promising option for the Berkeley community moving forward.

April 24, 2013

Throughout the semester, students may be presenting materials or projects in class. To help facilitate this activity, here are some pointers that may help the technology run smoothly and efficiently.

Are you addicted to PowerPoint?

March 25, 2013

In the Fall of 2012 ETS participated in an eText pilot sponsored by the Office of the CIO, in conjunction with Educause and Internet2, to evaluate the value and use of eContent in UC Berkeley courses. McGrawHill provided the eTextbooks for students and Courseload provided the software used to access them. 14 courses and 11 different faculty participated in the pilot from a range of disciplines including college writing, business, engineering, math, history, and statistics. Over 650 students in participating courses were given the eText for free for the semester.

March 6, 2013

Berkeley’s new Instructional Design and Faculty Support (IDFS) group is a community of practice on campus that brings together instructional designers and faculty support staff who share common interests and strategies for addressing professional opportunities.*  The group currently includes staff from ETS, the Law School, the Library, the Center for Teaching and Learning, EECS, and the Student Learning Center.

Since November, we have met monthly to get acquainted, brainstorm topics of interest and to delve deep into a topic that we all want to learn more about.

March 5, 2013

A recent, regional Educause conference on teaching and learning focused on free resources for faculty, mobile technologies, and digital library resources. Given the questions that faculty often bring to us in ETS around online courses and sample course materials, two such resources seemed especially valuable for faculty and staff on our campus.

February 13, 2013

ETS staff have received a steady stream of questions about Canvas, CalCentral and the longevity of bSpace.We'd like to answer a few of those questions here.

What is Canvas?

Instructure’s Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that ETS plans to pilot later this Spring and Summer. We see it as the eventual successor to bSpace course sites.

Profiles and Stories

KALX & Northgate Radio Create a Hands-on Radio Journalism Experience

December 1, 2017

Here at Cal, we’re fond of blue and gold. Both on the field and in the classroom, our students at all levels are renowned for their achievements, earning blue ribbons and gold medals in every discipline imaginable. Earlier this month, the 2017 College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio were no different, with Berkeley claiming two out of the four nominees for “Best News Reporting - Audio”.

Berkeley Explores Learning Analytics

November 17, 2017

Early in October, faculty, advisors and academic and IT staff came together to discuss an emerging concept in education, learning analytics, and what it means for Berkeley. The conversations that occurred inside and outside of Sutardja Dai Hall during the 2017 Learning Analytics Conference were a “community discussion”.

KALX Radio Featured in Cal Alumni Magazine

August 3, 2017
The KALX Radio team is highlighted in this month's California Magazine. Check out the special behind-the-scenes video.

Making an Impact with Student Learning and Data

May 11, 2017

Here at UC Berkeley, we have a reputation for using cutting-edge technology and tools to affect social change. As the world’s number one public university, it’s in our DNA to use our combined talents and skills for the good of others.

BAV Center for Studies in Higher Ed video Series

May 10, 2017

In 1956, the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) was founded as the first research institute devoted to the study of systems, processes, and institutions of higher learning. Dedicated to promoting an interdisciplinary view of the role of higher education in the public sector, it focuses on all aspects of the policy landscape from the international arena to the California community.

Berkeley AV/Video Regents Meeting with Live Captioning Support

March 10, 2017

For the students, staff, faculty, and administrators of the University of California (UC), the six Regents meetings that take place throughout the year are crucially important. With 10 campuses across California, technology plays a key role in making these meetings accessible to as many of the UC’s stakeholders as possible. Live-streaming and posting the Regents deliberations to the web means the events can be accessed in dorm rooms and offices across our Golden State and anyone with a phone screen or a laptop can stay up-to-date with the high-level decisions affecting them.

Printing the Future on the First Floor of Moffitt

March 6, 2017

Moffit Library is a hub of campus energy and ideas, and if the newly renovated upstairs feels like a tech start-up, the new basement feels like Steve Jobs’ garage in the 21st century with the introduction of a student makerspace. As a free-to-use, collaborative, and community-operated space, it serves anyone on the Berkeley campus interested in the cutting-edge technology of 3D printing and fabrication.