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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.

January 28, 2013

This semester two of ETS’ instructional designers are offering new workshops to meet the high demand for new media education. As faculty and students seek to use a growing list of new media technologies, Bobby White and Sage Adams are responding in new and creative ways.

January 1, 2012

ETS no longer provides 35mm slide projection equipment for loan and in general assignment classrooms. If you are planning on displaying 35mm slides, you do have a couple of options.

All of our technology classrooms have installed data/video projectors. Digital images may be displayed from your laptop using a classroom projector. You may wish to have your slides digitized in order to view them from your laptop. Here are a few service providers:

January 1, 2009

A list of local vendors offering tape, disc and other media duplication and transfer services.


350 Sonic Ave., Livermore 925-579-5000, 888-234-3472
CD/DVD replication and duplication


5779 De Soto Dr., Santa Rosa 800-894-0830

Audio restoration & transfers

Profiles and Stories

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

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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

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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

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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

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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...