[EMAIL] Semester Start Spring 2018

January 8, 2018
This email was sent on 01/08/2018 to Spring 2018 Instructors of Record 

ETS would like to help you create a great start to the spring 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.

To Do:

Review Classroom Tech and Equipment Checkout 
Review our Classrooms Database for a list of AV equipment installed in your General Assignment Classroom. Submit a request for a classroom AV orientation. Orientations available January 8th - January 12th.  

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).

Complete iClicker Update

All iClicker users should be running v7.17 of the iClicker software (released end of December). If you’re already running version 7, simply update (see Update to the most current version of iClicker v7 software.)  If you’re new to the iClicker system or haven’t used it in the last two years, follow the instructions to Download iClicker software, which will ensure that you get the UCB-configured version of the software.

Submit Course Capture Reservations

Instructors of Record sign-up! Instructors teaching in a Course Capture enabled room will be sent email invitations in the coming days. To sign-up, please follow the personalized link within the email. If you have questions about Course Capture, please contact: coursecapture@berkeley.edu.

Get Started with Gradescope

Schedule a Gradescope one-on-one consultation from the consultation calendar. New Gradescope features: Automatic student name recognition, new regrade request settings.

Request Instructional Computer Facilities

Need a classroom with computer workstations for students? Instructional Computer Facilities are offered across campus for limited or semester-long use. Early reservations highly recommended.

To Know:

Turnitin Available in bCourses 

Instructors who are interested in using Turnitin with bCourses Assignments can visit the ETS website for additional information. For additional support, please email academicintegrity@berkeley.edu.

Learn More about bCourses/bCourses Project Sites

For instructors who would like assistance with creating and/or setting up your bCourses sites, we have drop-in support available in the Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle (Level D), from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. We also offer scheduled consultations for more comprehensive course setup assistance, please sign up on our Consultation Calendar. Email support is available via bcourseshelp@berkeley.edu. bCourses workshops are listed on the AIS Events page. Visit the Instructors Getting Started page on our website for help guides and more information.

In addition to the information on our Instructors Getting Started page, here are some help articles that may be helpful to you as you begin using bCourses:

Checkout the AIS 

The Academic Innovation Studio is a place for instructors and research to find support, inspiration, and more. Open M-F in Dwinelle 117 (D Level).  

Find Classroom Support

If you experience any issues with installed AV during your class, please contact ETS through this form, or call ETS at 510-643-8637.  For in-person questions, feel free to drop by the Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle on the D level, weekdays between 8am and 5pm.

Checkout Clickers

New to using Clickers? Check out Clickers Instructors Getting Started Page for general info and support.

Learn about DIY Media
Want to create an instructional video for your course? Considering flipping your classroom? The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Media service in the AIS provides free-to-use facilities for you to create and/or edit content. See our Getting Started page.

Visit the Moffitt Makerspace

The Moffitt Makerspace is on the first floor of Moffitt Library and is open to all students. A computer lab, adjacent to the makerspace, is available for reservation through reserve@berkeley.edu. Weekly 3d printing workshops are offered. If you would like to schedule a private workshop, please email makerspace@lists.berkeley.edu

Review CalCentral

CalCentral is the campus portal where you can locate information about your classes under the My Academics tab. Here you can view your student rosters and waitlist information, the times and location of your class, textbooks and GSI assignments, etc.. My Academics is also where you will find your mid-point and final grading links and information on higher degree committees that you are a member of. More information on Grading can be found on the Office of the Registrar site.