On Friday morning, December 15, the bCourses team received reports about student grades in the E-Grades Export CSV not matching the student grades in the bCourses Gradebook. We took the E-Grades tool offline from approximately 11am-5pm to resolve these issues. These errors were caused by Canvas returning different data to the E-Grades tool than what is displayed to instructors and students in bCourses.
December 15, 2017
December 13, 2017
Course Capture links became available again on 12/13 at 3:30 pm.
As of 11:30am on Dec 13th, Course Captures service have been down. Links are not available on bCourses. We are currently investigating.
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”.
November 28, 2017
Educational Technology Services is committed to helping the campus reduce energy use during the winter break and will be participating in the campus-wide curtailment. Emails and requests received during this time will be answered in the order in which they were received when the campus reopens Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Curtailment will be observed: 5:00 pm Friday December 22, 2017 through 5:00 pm Monday, January 1, 2018.
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”.
November 14, 2017
KALX Radio's North Gate Radio wins Best Audio News Reporting
October 27, 2017
Updated 2:13 pm, 12/27/2017
The issue is resolved.
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
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
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
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.
ORIGINAL MESSAGE, 08/10/17, 9:00 AM
August 7, 2017
This email was sent on August 7, 2017 to all fall instructors.
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.
June 2, 2017
This email was sent on June 2, 2017 to Summer Session B, C and D instructors.
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