News

August 9, 2016

This email was sent on August 03, 2016 to all fall instructors.

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ETS is here to help!

Many exciting changes occurred over the summer including the beginning of the Wheeler Renewal Project, a new classrooms resources system, and the introduction of SuiteC to bCourses. Start your semester off right, and get the information you need before classes start.

August 4, 2016

Scheduled system maintenance this Sunday, Aug 7 will affect some bCourses tools.

August 3, 2016

Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, courses utilizing ETS’s Course Capture service to record and publish their classes  will benefit from an enhanced security feature which will limit content access to users with a CalNet identity. Thanks to the extension of our Berkeley domain identities (CalNet login) to the YouTube interface, we can now limit access to course videos to those users logged in with their Berkeley ID. These security enhancements are being added to help address privacy and security requests across the campus community.

July 26, 2016

ETS is pleased to announce the introduction of a new set of tools for bCourses and partner schools using Canvas. SuiteC currently offers three tools that provide new user-friendly ways to increase and track student engagement with course materials by enabling students to contribute, discuss, and remix a wide variety of course-relevant content in new ways.

July 8, 2016

Earlier this year, UC Berkeley hosted the first cross-UC “Learning Analytics” summit. This two-day event brought together leadership, teaching pedagogy experts, learning technology experts, and more to discuss the emerging teaching concept of learning analytics and what it means to UC schools.

June 28, 2016

Course Evaluations is excited to announce this summer we are adding both the Boalt School of Law and the College of Engineering to our list of participating departments. By fall 2016, the Blue Course Evaluations system will reach 65% of all student enrollments on campus across 35 academic units.

June 27, 2016

Berkeley Audio Visual (Berkeley AV) and Berkeley Video have had an eventful year shining the spotlight on UC Berkeley. Over the last 12 months, nearly 500 events were supported and more than 600 hours of video content were created for 150 unique campus and off-campus organizations.

KALX Radio
A generous donation and 100 hours of work brings important upgrades to KALX Radio's primary studio space.

June 13, 2016

The Collabosphere Project/SuiteC was nominated for a Global Learning Impact Award in late May 2016 for its work towards developing teaching and learning tools. Recognized in the category of “Blended Learning Optimization Products”, the nominations included groups across the world.

June 7, 2016

Here are highlights of some of the improvements made to Canvas over the last month. This is all in addition to the new tools and user interface that the bCourses Team enabled in May, which you can learn more about in this article: https://www.ets.berkeley.edu/news/bcourses-updates-and-enhancements.

May 26, 2016

UPDATE: 5/26/16, 11:30 AM PST

The Canvas Operations team has implemented a solution to restore performance, see http://status.instructure.com/.

Full access to bCourses has been restored. Please reach out to the bCourses support team (bcourseshelp@berkeley.edu) with any questions or concerns.

May 20, 2016

On May 20, bCourses was updated to offer new features to the UC Berkeley campus, along with a new interface and logo:

May 18, 2016

On the morning of Tuesday, May 24 from midnight-12:30am, bCourses will be completely offline due to scheduled maintenance by the vendor. Users attempting to access bCourses during this half-hour will see a message informing them of this outage.

After access to bCourses is restored at 12:30am, the following bCourses tools will remain unavailable until 7am, Tuesday May 24:

May 16, 2016

Between 3pm and 6pm on Monday May 16, the following tools were unavailable due to an unscheduled outage:

  • Create a Site
  • E-grades Export
  • Official Sections
  • Roster Photos
  • Find A Person To Add
  • Course Capture

The issue causing this outage has now been resolved, and access to these tools has been restored. Please reach out to the bCourses team (bcourseshelp@berkeley.edu) if you have any questions.

May 13, 2016

May 11, 2016

In Fall 2015, the bCourses team released bCourses Mailing Lists, which allow instructors to create an email address that can be used to send messages to all students enrolled in a bCourses site. This feature was developed using the bConnected Calmail Mailing Lists technology, which will reach its end of life in December 2016.

During Spring 2016, ETS has been working with stakeholders including the Academic Senate and our departmental Executive Steering Group to begin planning the implementation of new policies about content retention and policy in bCourses and other ETS platforms. These proposed policies include:

May 10, 2016

During Summer 2016, two campus services will be integrated with bCourses:

May 2, 2016

At the same time as the release of the New UI in bCourses (https://www.ets.berkeley.edu/news/may-20-new-user-interface-bcourses), two new tools for teaching and learning will be enabled in all bCourses 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.