All News

May 2, 2016

At the same time as the release of the New UI in bCourses (, two new tools for teaching and learning will be enabled in all bCourses sites:

April 27, 2016

Between 8-10am on Sunday, May 1, a configuration change will be made to multiple campus systems, including bCourses. During this two-hour window, the following bCourses tools will be intermittently unavailable:

  • Create a Site
  • E-grades Export
  • Official Sections
  • Roster Photos
  • Webcasts

Additionally, if you are using bCourses between 8-10am on Sunday, May 1, you may be logged out and need to re-enter your CalNet credentials to resume your system access.

April 22, 2016

This Spring has brought plenty of updates that improve the functionality of Canvas for all users! In this release, Admins throughout campus can now make announcement at the account/department level, and annotations made for Group Assignments in the Speedgrader display for all members, not just the submitting member. Please read on for more highlights.

April 17, 2016

An unscheduled outage at the campus data center on the morning of Sunday, April 17 may have affected access into bCourses and other online services. Please see the IST Service Status page for more information.

April 11, 2016

This round of updates include many enhancements to the Canvas mobile apps.

April 8, 2016

UPDATE: 04/08/16, 1:35 PM

CalNet is back online, per the IST Service Status page - Resolved.

If you continue to experience difficulty logging into bCourses, please try re-starting your browser and logging in again. If you need further assistance, please submit a Help Request.

March 29, 2016

Some users unable to log into bCourses, other online services due to CalNet outage.

March 17, 2016

March 14, 2016

New features, updates, and fixes in this release include Differentiated Group Assignments, Agenda View in the Scheduler, and many others.

February 22, 2016

On February 22, 2016, ETS drop-in support services for bCourses, Clickers, Academic Integrity, and Instructor Equipment Checkout, and Classroom Technology Support (CTS) will move to new locations in Dwinelle Hall.

February 3, 2016

This weekend, a minor configuration change was made to the bCourses-CalNet integration, which resulted in a small number of bCourses users receiving a "Failed to Log In" error message when attempting to access any course or project site.

January 14, 2016

As a follow-up to our announcement in December that ETS will be supporting i>clicker version 7, we want to alert you to the possible need for a firmware upgrade. The vendor has recently let us know that some older white base stations (likely those from Spring 2014 and earlier) will need a firmware update.

January 13, 2016

Educational Technology Services (ETS) is proud to take part in Cal Day 2016, which takes place Saturday, April 16. ETS provides support for audio-visual technology on campus and we invite you to take advantage of our Cal Day services.

In keeping with our Cal Day tradition we are offering most of our services free of charge. However, due to the volume of events occurring on Cal Day the scope of our services will be limited to:

We hope that the new year and semester is off to a great start for all of you! This bCourses update includes International SMS notifications, as well as a call to participate in a pilot for an exciting new tool called Collabosphere.

December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays! We hope that everyone had a great semester, and that your holidays are restful, warm, and filled with joy. There are some new features and updates in bCourses that we'd like to share as we look forward to a new year and a new semester.

December 18, 2015

Educational Technology Services (ETS) will observe the annual campus curtailment December 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Staff support will be limited during this time. A list of ETS staff and service changes along with other campus IT changes for Winter 2015/2016 can be found on thecampus IT News Site

December 17, 2015

Between 7am–11am on Saturday, December 19, Turnitin services will be intermittently unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance. This may prevent instructors from reviewing existing Originality Check reports, and will delay the creation of Originality Check reports for student assignments made to Turnitin-enabled assignments during this four-hour window.

If you encounter any Turnitin-related issues or have any questions about the service, please email for further assistance.

December 14, 2015

Updated 1/14/2016

Some older white base stations will need a firmware update to work with version 7. If you obtained your base station prior to 2015, you’ll want to determine if you need this firmware update prior to running your first class. For details, see our Help article


This morning, 12/14/15 from about 8:00 AM PST to 8:40 AM PST, some users may not have been able to view assignment submissions from the Speedgrader due to an issue with Crocodoc.

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