Semester in the Cloud

Offering Students An Engaged Online Experience

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Semester in the Cloud

UC Berkeley’s Semester in the Cloud (SitC) consists of three programs that support instructors as they improve the quality of remote teaching and learning in response to COVID-19: Fall Enhanced Remote Cohort, Spring Enhanced Remote Course Design and Delivery Services at Scale, and Summer Fully Online Course Conversions.  In addition to SitC being an emergency response to the disruption to instruction due to COVID-19, wildfires and electric power shutdowns, the benefits to teaching and learning will be seen long after the pandemic ends.

Fall 2020 Enhanced Remote Cohort

This fall 31 gateway, critical path, high-impact and high-freshman enrolled courses across 19 departments and nine colleges/divisions were chosen to be part of this initial cohort.  Faculty in the program were paired with staff specializing in instructional design, digital pedagogy and audio/video production for guidance in digital learning design and delivery, digital learning strategies, and technical implementation of content within our UC Berkeley Learning Management System, bCourses, for remote instruction.  In addition to the dedicated expert partnerships with Digital Learning Services (DLS) and support from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) from June - December, they were also given an instructor stipend, funding for a graduate student stipend, home recording and presentation equipment, and cohort-focused workshops and MeetUps.  SitC fall enrollments comprised 13% of total fall undergraduate enrollments at UC Berkeley.

Spring 2021 Enhanced Remote at Scale

Course Design and Delivery Services Open to All Instructors

Starting November 30th, DLS will provide new services to assist in the improvement of the quality of support of instructors campus-wide during remote instruction semseters with five key components:

  • templates designed to help instructors quickly organize and build content and instruction within bCourses
  • 1:1 consultations with Instructional Designers
  • synchronous trainings and workshops
  • asynchronous training materials and resources
  • help desk support

    Visit our Course Design Tools service page for more information.

Summer 2021 Fully Online Course Conversions

For Summer Sessions and Academic Year Teaching

Of the Fall Enhanced Remote Cohort, a subset of courses will be converted to fully online to be ready for Summer Sessions 2021 launch.  These conversions take advantage of the hard work instructors and staff put into the fall, and with a lighter lift can be moved to fully online because instructional design, learning content creation, and remote learning strategies are most of the way there.  Overall and ongoing even after in-person instruction resumes, this component of SitC increases the number of high quality, fully online courses which will allow students and faculty flexibility and access to teaching and learning and relieves impaction due to classroom space and capacity constraints. It also provides revenue generation opportunities for UC Berkeley, colleges/departments and schools, and aligns  with UC Berkeley’s Digital Learning Strategy.