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Fall 21 SuiteC Updates

October 4, 2021
SuiteC Fall 21 Update

When we re-built the SuiteC tools earlier this year, we prioritized the popular Asset Library and Engagement Index tools and made the decision to retire the native whiteboard tool and support use of the many available third party whiteboard tools. Our first major update to SuiteC includes a number of ways to make it easier to bring these external whiteboards into the Asset Library.

Support for Google Jamboard

All students have access to the ...

Import the DLS Core Template

Import the DLS Core Template

Canvas Commons is a repository of digital resources that allows users to share and import content into a course site. The DLS Core Template is available in Canvas Commons to UC Berkeley users in the Instructor, TA, or Designer roles.

Follow the steps below to import the template to your new course site.

1. Open Commons

In the Global Navigation, select Commons.

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bCourses Basics + Best Practices for GSIs (9/1)

September 1, 2021, 2:00pm
Join us for an overview of the bCourses learning management system (LMS) and its native (built-in) features, and gain familiarity with basic site setup and navigation.
Registration is unavailable.

Summer 2021 Remote Instruction Workshop Series

These virtual workshops will focus on considering how to (re)design your course or section to increase student learning, create engaging audio and video materials, and use campus tools to record those materials.

Back-to-Campus Workshop Series

Digital Learning Services (DLS) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are hosting this workshop series that highlights how to transition back to campus while integrating the best aspects of remote instruction into your in-person courses or continuing to teach remotely.

Updates to Berkeley SuiteC Instructional Tools

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.

Since these tools are critical to many...

Moving from Red to Green: Ally in bCourses (7/28)

July 28, 2021, 10:00am
Attend this workshop to learn how to improve the accessibility of your bCourses files so students using assistive technologies can better access content and generate alternative formats.
Registration is unavailable.

Moving from Red to Green: Ally in bCourses (8/16)

August 16, 2021, 10:00am
Attend this workshop to learn how to improve the accessibility of your bCourses files so students using assistive technologies can better access content and generate alternative formats.
Registration is unavailable.

Best Practices for Designing Your bCourses Site (8/17)

August 17, 2021, 10:00am
Join us to learn more about how you can leverage the DLS Core Template to jumpstart your bCourses site design and maximize student engagement online.
Registration is unavailable.

Check for Accessibility with the Ally Instructor Report

Check for Accessibility with the Ally Instructor Report

The Ally tool in bCourses identifies if images and files in your course site are formatted for accessibility. It then provides guidance on how to edit materials that are currently not in accessible formats, a process called remediation. As you add links to documents or embed images on your weekly landing pages, you may notice the green, orange, and red meters next to the files identifying if the materials are fully, partially, or not accessible, respectively. The Ally tool indicates the problem when you...