ETS would like to help you create a great start to the fall semester. Below is a quick list of things to do and to know before classes start to help you through the next couple of weeks.
Review Classroom Tech and Equipment Checkout
Many Classrooms were updated over the summer. Review our Classrooms Database for a list of AV equipment installed in your General Assignment Classroom. Submit a request for a classroom AV orientation or drop by the Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117 (D Level). Need additional equipment to support your teaching? We may have what you need. Available equipment includes: HD video cameras and tripods, Blu-ray and region-free DVD players, USB webcams, and portable projectors. Please submit a request. Once a request is confirmed, equipment can be picked up from the Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117 (D Level).Submit Course Capture Reservations Instructors of Record sign-up for Course Capture today! Instructors teaching in a Course Capture enabled room have been sent email invitations. To sign-up, please follow the personalized link within the email. If you are in a course capture enabled room and haven’t received your email, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheeler Auditorium and Pimentel Hall Instructors
If you are scheduled in Wheeler Auditorium or Pimentel Hall, you should have already received an email from the AV Point Person. Please reply to that email to schedule an orientation in these spaces.
Workshops and Events
- Introduction to Ally (Accessibility Tool)
- Getting Started with bCourses
- Using Classroom Response Systems
- Gradescope for New and Advanced Instructors
- Many More
2-Step for Students
Students will be required to sign-up for 2-Step CalNet verification by Sept 24, 2018. 2-Step verification helps ensure personal as well as campus security. All you need is your phone to enroll. Need instructions? Go here. No phone? Get one of these free hardware tokens.
Drop In Support:
Ally Tool Within bCourses Project
Additional Updates from bCourses
Grade Distribution Graphs now hidden by default
Previously in bCourses, the default settings allowed students to see anonymized grade distribution data (minimum, average, and maximum score) for Assignments. The bCourses team has modified these defaults, and in course sites created after June 1, 2018, the grade distribution graphs are now hidden from students by default. If you would like to make the grade distribution graphs visible to students, you can uncheck the “Hide grade distribution graphs from students” checkbox on your course settings page.
Section-specific Announcements, Discussions, and Assignments now available in bCourses
In bCourses sites with multiple lecture and/or discussion sections, instructors and GSIs now have the ability to create Announcements and Discussions that are only displayed to students enrolled in designated sections. These options were released by the vendor in Spring/Summer 2018, and join the existing option for section-specific Assignments.
For more information on using these features, please review the Canvas help guides for Assignments, Discussions, and Announcements.
Are you an instructor planning to use the iClicker system this fall? If so, please take a look at our News article, which has information about the following:
- How to get started with the iClicker system
- The latest version of iClicker Classic software, which has a few minor improvements.
- A faculty event on 8/15, “Using Classroom Response Systems to Encourage Student Engagement and Learning”.
- The need for students to register clickers, even if they registered last academic year.
- Our standard reminder to put in your order for clickers at the bookstore.
- An update regarding mobile options for students.
- Support options for you and your students.
- A new mailing list you can join if you want to get updates about iClicker software and our Clickers service.
- The Moffitt Makerspace will continue to support classes using the makerspace this Fall. We are excited to be exploring and supporting more VR opportunities in academic courses. If you’re interested in holding a workshop or classes at the makerspace, please email
Request Instructional Computer Facilities
Would you like to teach in a computer facility? Would your students benefit from following along on their computers? Perhaps you have a software that your students may not have access to. Please see our website to learn more about using a computer facility or to place a reservation.
Berkeley Research Computing
Planning a class project that requires more computing power than your students’ laptops? Berkeley Research Computing can support your class with an instructional compute allocation. Email email@example.com with a description of your project, and a domain consultant can help match you with the right resources.