This email was sent on November 29, 2016 to all fall instructors.
It has been a busy semester with lots of changes. We hope this quick list of things to do and to know before the end of the semester will help you finish this semester and start next year smoothly.
|To Do||To Know|
|Grades Submission Process
bCourses Mailing Lists
AIS Drop-in Support Hours
|New Service! SuiteC
ETS Partners with CSS-IT
Accessible Course Content Website
New Classroom Database- 25Live
In case you missed it, the process for submitting grades is new this semester. Instructors or their “proxy” will now submit grades via CalCentral. Instructions including bCourses how-tos and info to set-up a “proxy” can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.
New to campus or new to your classroom? Our Classroom Technology Support (CTS) team can help you get acclimated to the technology in your general assignment teaching space. Request an Orientation.
Beginning in January 2017, instructors will be able to create their own bCourses Mailing Lists from within their bCourses site. These lists allow instructors to communicate to all individuals enrolled in their bCourses site using their own email application. Review the bCourses Communication help document for more information on all communications options available in bCourses, including Mailing Lists.
Drop into the Academic Innovation Studio for support Office Hours the first three weeks of the semester. Get help from AIS partners including bCourses, Library, Clickers, bConnected, Research IT, and more. Check the Office Hours Schedule on the AIS website early next semester for the the latest schedule, or drop by anytime for a cup of coffee and a chat with your colleagues.
This summer, we also introduced the SuiteC collaboration tools in bCourses. SuiteC is a set of LTI-compliant tools featuring a highly intuitive user experience designed to increase, and track student engagement. Getting Started information is available for instructors including how to request a sandbox sites to review and test the tools. To learn more about how instructors are using the tool, join us for the SuiteC User Meetup on Dec. 8, 2016 from 1-2pm in the Academic Innovation Studio (Dwinelle 117).
We are excited to announce a new collaboration between ETS and Campus Shared Services IT (CSS IT) to enhance support for ETS online services. Beginning at the start of Spring semester CSS IT will provide email, web, and phone support to faculty, staff, and students for ETS online services: bCourses, Clickers, Academic Integrity (Turnitin, iThenticate), Course Capture, Suite C, and Online Evaluation of Courses. Drop-in consultations will still be available in the Academic Innovation Studio and support for classroom technology will remain unchanged.
A new resources hub for creating accessible online course content is now available to the campus community. The accesscontent.berkeley.edu site was officially launched October 2016 as a tool to assist anyone on campus creating digital course content. The site offers help resources, training, guidelines and best practices.
This fall the Office of the Registrar implemented a new classroom information and management tool, 25Live. Along with regular classroom scheduling, this new system has many features including lists of classroom furniture, room layouts and pictures, as well as technology attributes. Staff can also search for real time availability for classroom space. ETS will retire its classrooms.berkeley.edu site on December 16, 2016.
Beginning spring semester 2017, instructors utilizing Turnitin Originality Checker through bCourses will experience changes to their submission and report reviewing process.
The Clickers User Group is meeting Dec. 6, 2016: 4:30-5:30pm. All past, current, and future Clickers users are welcome.