Several improvements to the RTL accessibility portfolio are available for the spring 2023 semester. These include updates to the Accessibility Basics online course site and the new features, Immersive Reader and WYSIWYG Instructor Feedback tool, provided by Ally in bCourses.
January 9, 2023
January 6, 2023
Review RTL's January special event newsletter with workshops and opportunities that begin on January 9. All events are open to UC Berkeley's instructional community.
December 19, 2022
Review RTL's end of semester update with resources that will help prepare you for the spring semester.
December 14, 2022
Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) will be operating on modified schedules for campus curtailment during the winter break, Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2. See details below. Emails and requests received during this time will be answered when the campus reopens on January 3, 2023.
December 13, 2022
We are happy to announce a new batch of features and fixes for the SuiteC collaboration tools:
November 14, 2022
Review recommendations from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) intended to assist instructors in supporting undergraduate students’ learning in the event of instructional disruptions.
October 14, 2022
Catch up on the latest news and resources for the instructional and research community: October Newsletter
We are very pleased to announce that Ken Lutz has been named the Chief Research Technology Officer (CRTO) for the campus. This is a new role, intended to elevate the strategic importance of computing infrastructure to the campus research enterprise. As CRTO, Ken will be responsible for working strategically with campus leadership across research, IT, teaching and administration, to advance solutions to ensure a robust campus computational research infrastructure that supports the evolving needs of our campus’ cutting edge research and teaching.
October 13, 2022
Understanding how and when students are engaged in your class can be challenging in both physical and virtual spaces since students participate differently depending on personality type, cultural background, language fluency, and individual ability. Instructors can use an online discussion platform like Ed Discussion to provide an additional channel for students to express themselves, whether they are teaching in-person or online.
In the second of our continuing series to give you a peek behind the scenes of technology upgrades in UC Berkeley classrooms, we are taking you to 159 Mulford, which was upgraded over Summer 2022. If you missed our first article, please visit Behind the Scenes of a Classroom Refresh - 100 Lewis Hall and learn what it takes to swap a projector 25 feet up from the floor.
September 16, 2022
Review RTL's latest newsletter on resources and opportunities for the instructional and research community.
September 14, 2022
Changes have been made to the end-of-term teaching evaluations which were endorsed at the end of the 2021-22 academic year by the Divisional Council (DIVCO) of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate.
September 12, 2022
Dr. Jenae Cohn has been announced as the new Executive Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) within Research, Teaching & Learning (RTL). As Executive Director, Jenae will work closely with both Shawna Dark, Chief Academic Technology Officer & Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Professor Glynda Hull, Faculty Director for CTL. Jenae’s portfolio includes:
August 17, 2022
We’ve recently received information that Piazza Technologies has reached out to many of you directly regarding your instructional use of their product and informing you that their product is now accessible to students with disabilities. Unfortunately, Piazza did not inform us about these developments so we have not verified that their recent release meets the UC accessibility requirements. In addition, Piazza has not been recently reviewed with regards to data security and privacy.
August 12, 2022
The Academic Innovation Studio (AIS) is excited to officially reopen this fall semester. We look forward to hosting events, providing resources and consultations, and offering a space to collaborate and share ideas.
What’s offered in the AIS?
Instructional equipment check-out
ITCS Drop-In Hours
Gradescope Bulk Scanning Station
July 22, 2022
It was just over two years ago (on July 1, 2020) that RTL introduced Kaltura to the campus. (For those who aren’t quite sure about what Kaltura is: it’s the campus video management platform, and it surfaces in bCourses as Media Gallery and My Media.) The platform has been used extensively since then to create, save, and share video content: Kaltura content has been added to over 5700 course sites, and close to 3 million hours of Kaltura content has been viewed.
May 20, 2022
Catch up on the latest resources and opportunities available to the Berkeley campus community: May 2022 newsletter