News

January 20, 2015

The 2013-2014 academic year was an exciting and challenging year for the ETS team. Throughout the last year ETS has utilized knowledge and know-how in both educational and information technology pedagogy to provide the campus with a new learning management system, a simplified online student experience, online evaluations, and more, in support of Chancellor Dirks’ campus objectives. 
 
ETS is proud of its accomplishments and looks forward to the opportunities the next year holds.

January 8, 2015

Now that you're back on campus, we wanted to make sure that you feel comfortable using iclicker in your course. Here is some information that you might find useful at the beginning of the term.  

New to clickers? Basic information can be found http://ets.berkeley.edu/clickers.

If you used iclicker and bCourses last fall, we have improved the tool to work better. Please note that there is new software and set up instructions.

Updates

1 - Software

January 7, 2015

Instructors, Faculty, and GSI's are invited to join us for the ETS Open House Thursday, January 15, 2015. 11am - 1 pm. Join our campus experts as we share information on our broad range of services supporting teaching and learning on campus. As questions, see demos and get your semester started off right.

October 27, 2014

The Learning Management System Replacement Project will reach two important milestones in the next few days with changes to both bSpace and bCourses which will impact the campus community. 
The last day for the creation of new bSpaces project sites is October 31, 2014. Existing sites in bSpace will remain accessible through June 30, 2015. 
 

October 4, 2014

CalCentral, v.45: In addition to a number of significant enhancements, this release introduces a feature allowing students to add and maintain their course schedule in their primary bCal calendar. This feature is disabled by default and only available to students who connect CalCentral to their bConnected account. See below for how to enable the feature.

August 18, 2014

ETS is excited for the Fall 2014 semester. Our service teams have been working throughout the summer to prepare for new students, new technologies, and ways to enhance teaching and learning on campus. Below is a quick summary of items instructors should know about from ETS. 

 

ETS Orientation and Open House 

August 26, 9am - 3pm 

Dwinelle 127 (Level D)

Join ETS to learn more about our services and get hands-on help. 

August 12, 2014

During the Spring and Summer 2014 terms, the bCourses team in Educational Technology Services (ETS) has been working diligently to assist campus with the new functionality and features of bCourses. Spring semester witnessed over 30% of possible course sites utilize bCourses and 50% of summer course sites have utilized bCourses to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities on campus. This Fall we have partnered with the Haas School of Business and Berkeley Law to add all of their courses to bCourses.

August 3, 2014

Dwinelle Hall ClassroomAs part of the digital transition, Educational Technology Services (ETS) is rolling out high definition audio/visual equipment in supported General Assignment Classrooms (GAC) in the coming semesters. 

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: http://ets.berkeley.edu/bcourses

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

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”. We spoke with the two finalists, Ariel Plotnick and Christina Koningisor, to...

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”. Those were the words used by Larry...

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. Thus, when a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant was announced to support an “Impact Studio” to study how young people develop data literacy by teaching them how to measure their digital footprint, a...

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. As part of its programming, each semester it hosts a colloquium series of lectures and discussions about the issues facing higher...

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. The project was made possible by the combined support of ETS, Student Affairs IT, and the Student...