News

July 13, 2021

Review our instruction/research support newsletter with the latest updates and resources available to the campus community.

June 8, 2021

The Asset Library and Engagement Index tools are being rebuilt, and new versions will be available in the fall, while Whiteboards and Impact Studio are being retired.

 

Background:

The SuiteC tool set was developed as part of a grant-funded project and first piloted in 2015. Over time, technologies have modernized, class sizes have increased, and the performance of SuiteC has fallen behind, ultimately leading to the need to retire the current toolset.

June 7, 2021

Thanks to generous support from campus and departmental leadership, ETS has received funding to accelerate our classroom refresh, add video cameras, and add video conferencing capabilities to 37 classrooms this summer. For more information about the new capabilities, please check out our Instructors Getting Started page and stay tuned for new video and documentation on how to use these capabilities when you return to our classrooms.

April 26, 2021

In-between Spring and Summer instruction, we will upgrade the Turnitin academic integrity integration available inside bCourses: On May 23rd, we will enable a new Turnitin integration, and turn off the legacy integration. 

Turnitin Similarity Reports generated before 5/23/21 will no longer be accessible by instructors in bCourses after that date.

April 8, 2021

Review events, announcements, and resources to support Berkeley's research and instructional community: March 2021 Newsletter 

March 10, 2021

RTL will be operating on modified schedules Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26 during the academic spring break week. Emails and requests received during this time will be answered in the order in which they were received on Monday, March 29. Updates about system outages and maintenance will be available on the System Status page(link is external)and as bCourses announcements.

February 26, 2021

Review events, announcements, and resources in preparation for the spring 2021 semester:  February RTL Newsletter

February 18, 2021

About the Facilities

The Instructional Computer Facilities (ICF) service from ETS provides dedicated computer lab access to instructors for their classes that have specialized hardware or software needs.  During the shift to remote and virtual instruction, the service was able to pivot and offer scheduled instructors the option to connect to the phyical computers on campus remotely through the Citrix platform.  

February 3, 2021

On Wednesday, February 3, BOA received updates including a new layout of past, present, and future student enrollments on the student page:

January 15, 2021

Timely and important updates regarding instructor options for online discussions technology tools.

Review events, announcements, and resources in preparation for the spring 2021 semester:  January RTL Newsletter

December 21, 2020

Review events, announcements, and resources as the fall semester ends in the December Keep Teaching newsletter

December 17, 2020

Starting January 6, 2021, at 8 am, whenever any campus member uses their UC Berkeley Zoom account to host a meeting that is recorded to the Zoom Cloud, the resulting recording will be automatically copied to UC Berkeley’s campus video management system, Kaltura. One of two things will happen:

  • If the Zoom account owner has no Kaltura account, the recording will be deleted from Kaltura within 24 hours (this does not affect the Zoom Cloud recording, which will still be available in Zoom for 30 days). It will never be shared with anybody else.

December 14, 2020

Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) services will be operating on modified schedules for campus curtailment during the winter break, Wednesday, December 23 through Monday, January 4. See details below. Emails and requests received during this time will be answered when the campus reopens on January 5, 2021.

November 30, 2020

Review events, announcements, and resources as the fall semester ends in the November Keep Teaching newsletter

November 24, 2020

About

This document is intended to help instructors design online quizzes in bCourses that minimize the opportunity for academic integrity violations.

The quiz tools in bCourses, Gradescope, and other platforms may make it easier to replace a few high-stakes assessments with more, lower-stakes assessments, lowering the incentive for students to cheat on a few, high-stakes instances.

November 18, 2020

In support of remote instruction for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester, Digital Learning Services has developed two new bCourses templates that are available to all instructors starting Nov. 30, 2020

The DLS Core Template and the DLS DesignPlus Template both provide instructors a consistent structure for organizing their course site founded in best practices in online pedagogy and promote effective learning for all students by incorporating accessibility standards.

November 12, 2020

RTL will be operating on modified schedules during the week of Thanksgiving from Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27, 2020Emails and requests received during this time will be answered in the order in which they were received on Monday, November 30. In addition, see specific service notices below.

October 25, 2020

Currently, there are several notices about possible power outages across the Bay Area over the next few days.  As this may be disruptive to your midterm exams, we wanted to remind you of some campus resources that may be useful. Generally, communication with students is key, even if that communication is as simple as “the midterm will be rescheduled, and details will follow when my own power is restored”.

October 21, 2020

[Resolved]. As of Saturday (10/24/20), the SensusAccess server is back online and available for use. The outage over the past few days was due to an electrical infrastructure problem at the vendor's headquarters in Denmark. ETS and the vendor will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that everything is now stable.