News

October 27, 2017

Updated 2:13 pm, 12/27/2017

The issue is resolved.

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At 12:50pm, 10/27/2017, ETS was notified via automatic monitoring that http://course-evaluations.berkeley.edu was unresponsive.

We are currently working with the vendor Explorance to resolve this issue. .

October 17, 2017

On October 28, the current bCourses "Grading History" feature will be replaced with a new "Gradebook History" tool, which will allow this tool to be accessed in large courses. The legacy "Grading History" feature was limited to courses with under 2000 gradebook entries, making it unavailable in courses with a large number of students and/or graded assignments.

October 9, 2017

Berkeley One IT News

ETS and One IT Partners have made improvements to the IT Knowledge Base to help campus get the info they need faster. 

October 5, 2017

bCourses has been updated to assign CalCentral 5-PROXY/APRX designees with teaching responsibilities as the Lead TA in bCourses sites. This work was completed to better support large courses where the instructor of record delegates course management and oversight responsibilities in CalCentral.

When granting the Lead TA role to 5-PROXY/APRX designees in bCourses, there is first a check made to ensure that the individual has teaching responsibilities. This prevents administrative, non-teaching 5-PROXY/APRX designees from being granted unnecessary access to individual courses.

August 31, 2017

ETS is excited to introduce the Gradescope tool to the campus community. Thanks to feedback from instructors and a dedicated group of testers, we are pleased to announce that Berkeley has signed a contract with Gradescope giving campus instructors access to all of the features available in this assignment grading tool.

August 23, 2017

Are you an instructor planning to use the iClicker system this fall? Here’s what you need to know:

First time users have a place to start: Check out our Clickers Instructors Getting Started Page which has information about how to obtain and use the necessary hardware and software, as well as how to get support from ETS.

This email was sent on 08/23/2017 to Clicker User Group Members

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Dear Clicker user:

Please take a look at our News article, which has information about the following:

The latest version of iClicker software, which has been rebranded as iClicker Classic and also has a new setting (that is not selected by default) that may make roster synching go more smoothly.

August 21, 2017

In Fall 2017, two new integrations have been added to bCourses:

August 16, 2017

Effective August 1, 2017, Research IT, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and Educational Technology Services (ETS) have been aligned into a single portfolio.

August 10, 2017

UPDATE, 08/10/17, 9:13 AM:

Canvas engineers have implemented a fix allowing users to access Canvas. Users are now able to log in. For details, visit http://status.instructure.com/

If you continue to see the error message that was displaying during the outage, please try clearing your browser cache and history, quitting your browser application, and then re-opening it.

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August 7, 2017

This email was sent on August 7, 2017 to all fall instructors.

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ETS is Here to Help 

Below is a quick list of things to do and to know before classes start to help you through the next couple of weeks.

August 3, 2017

The ETS managed drop-in computer facilities (computer labs) will be repurposed beginning this fall semester, in a move to align IT resources and meet changing needs of campus. Beginning with the start of the fall 2017 semester, the ETS drop-in computer facilities on the first floor of Moffitt Library and inside the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library (2180 VLSB) will be closed, and those two spaces will transition to new uses.

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

June 2, 2017

[Updated 6/30/2017]

This email was sent on June 2, 2017 to Summer Session B, C and D instructors. 

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Instructors and Students, 

bCourses will be available during the upcoming outage; however, some tools and features will be unavilable to instructors. See full list below. 

Access bCourses directly at: bCourses.berkeley.edu 

June 1, 2017

On Sunday, June 4 between 7-10am, some bCourses tools will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance.

May 24, 2017

Effective July 31, 2017, the iThenticate service will no longer be offered by UC Berkeley. This difficult decision was driven by a combination of low usage and the high cost of making iThenticate available at Berkeley.

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.

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.

April 24, 2017

Information about the retirement of bSpace (updated: 04/24/2017)

April 5, 2017

Update, 4/5/17, 6pm: The vendor has resolved the problems that were causing the document preview tool to not render files. If you continue to experience issues, please report them to us by submitting support request.


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.