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Re: [Micronet] bCourses/Canvas Announcement

Beth Muramoto
Stevie,

I don't know if we're participating or not, so I've cc:ed Lisa on this email to see if she knows anything about it.


Beth


On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Stevie Jeung <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi Beth!

Do you know if the GSE will be participating in the bCourses Department Adoption program? Sam and I are eager to play with it, and we're even thinking of using it for ATDP courses in future summers. If the GSE isn't planning on trying it out department-wide this spring, I may e-mail the bCourses support people and ask if we can try it out independently.

Thanks!
Stevie


On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM, Catherine P. Koshland Vice Provost for Teaching Learning Academic Planning and Facilities (campus-wide) <[hidden email]> wrote:

To the Campus Community,

 

We are pleased to announce the decision to adopt the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) as a replacement for bSpace. The name for this new UC Berkeley LMS service is bCourses and it will be supported by Educational Technology Services (ETS). The bCourses rollout will be in phases with the goals of having all courses transitioned by Spring Semester 2015 and bSpace retired that summer.

 

bCourses is already in limited use this Fall and the Canvas decision comes at the end of a year-long technical and functional evaluation and summer pilot where faculty and students from multiple disciplines used the system and provided feedback. The conclusion from this work was that this system not only meets the needs of the campus, but provides a powerful tool to enhance teaching and learning on the campus.

 

In the Spring 2014 semester, the bCourses team will be supporting up to 10,000 more users on the new system. We are encouraging departments to participate in our bCourses Departmental Adoption Program. This program will provide customized support to departmental cohorts. Volunteer faculty participants are also welcome to sign up to host their spring classes in bCourses.

 

Project and collaboration sites in bSpace have served a variety of campus needs. To support users of these sites, we are developing a transition strategy that will leverage bCourses, as well as the Google suite, Box, and other existing campus technologies.

 

As the rollout in Spring gets underway, ETS will solicit feedback on the new system in order to stay close to the campus’ needs and ensure a process of continuous improvement. The LMS Project Steering Committee, which includes faculty, students, and staff, will continue to provide input on rollout and communications strategies going forward.

 

To find out more about the project and to sign up to use bCourses in the spring visit the website http://ets.berkeley.edu/bcourses

 

Sincerely,

 

Cathy Koshland, Vice Provost, Teaching, Learning, Academic Planning, and Facilities

 

Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor – IS&T and Chief Information Officer

If you are a manager who supervises Cal employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.

Please do not reply to this message





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Beth Muramoto
Computer Resource Specialist
Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
1650 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email:  mailto:[hidden email]
Phone:  (510) 643-0203 
Fax:  (510) 643-6239

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in – forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

                            -Emerson

“Kind words do not cost much yet they accomplish much.” 

                            -Blaise Pascal

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage to say 'no' to other things." 

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Re: [Micronet] bCourses/Canvas Announcement

Jon Hays

Beth and Stevie:  Thank you for your enthusiasm!  We are excited to have you join the bCourses rollout.  I will follow-up with you directly regarding your questions.

Micro-net:  We have already received several requests from Department Chairs & Deans.  If you want your department to be included for the spring, please encourage your Dean or Chair to use our department sign-up form. http://ets.berkeley.edu/bcourses/form/bcourses-departmental-adoption-program 

Learn more about bCourses: http://ets.berkeley.edu/bcourses 

If you or your departments have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: [hidden email]

Best,

Jon Hays | Service Lead for bCourses & bSpace
Educational Technology Services | UC Berkeley
[hidden email] | 510-672-5493


On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM, Beth J MURAMOTO <[hidden email]> wrote:
Stevie,

I don't know if we're participating or not, so I've cc:ed Lisa on this email to see if she knows anything about it.


Beth


On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Stevie Jeung <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi Beth!

Do you know if the GSE will be participating in the bCourses Department Adoption program? Sam and I are eager to play with it, and we're even thinking of using it for ATDP courses in future summers. If the GSE isn't planning on trying it out department-wide this spring, I may e-mail the bCourses support people and ask if we can try it out independently.

Thanks!
Stevie


On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM, Catherine P. Koshland Vice Provost for Teaching Learning Academic Planning and Facilities (campus-wide) <[hidden email]> wrote:

To the Campus Community,

 

We are pleased to announce the decision to adopt the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) as a replacement for bSpace. The name for this new UC Berkeley LMS service is bCourses and it will be supported by Educational Technology Services (ETS). The bCourses rollout will be in phases with the goals of having all courses transitioned by Spring Semester 2015 and bSpace retired that summer.

 

bCourses is already in limited use this Fall and the Canvas decision comes at the end of a year-long technical and functional evaluation and summer pilot where faculty and students from multiple disciplines used the system and provided feedback. The conclusion from this work was that this system not only meets the needs of the campus, but provides a powerful tool to enhance teaching and learning on the campus.

 

In the Spring 2014 semester, the bCourses team will be supporting up to 10,000 more users on the new system. We are encouraging departments to participate in our bCourses Departmental Adoption Program. This program will provide customized support to departmental cohorts. Volunteer faculty participants are also welcome to sign up to host their spring classes in bCourses.

 

Project and collaboration sites in bSpace have served a variety of campus needs. To support users of these sites, we are developing a transition strategy that will leverage bCourses, as well as the Google suite, Box, and other existing campus technologies.

 

As the rollout in Spring gets underway, ETS will solicit feedback on the new system in order to stay close to the campus’ needs and ensure a process of continuous improvement. The LMS Project Steering Committee, which includes faculty, students, and staff, will continue to provide input on rollout and communications strategies going forward.

 

To find out more about the project and to sign up to use bCourses in the spring visit the website http://ets.berkeley.edu/bcourses

 

Sincerely,

 

Cathy Koshland, Vice Provost, Teaching, Learning, Academic Planning, and Facilities

 

Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor – IS&T and Chief Information Officer

If you are a manager who supervises Cal employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.

Please do not reply to this message





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***********************************************
Beth Muramoto
Computer Resource Specialist
Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
1650 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email:  mailto:[hidden email]
Phone:  (510) 643-0203 
Fax:  (510) 643-6239

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in – forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

                            -Emerson

“Kind words do not cost much yet they accomplish much.” 

                            -Blaise Pascal

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage to say 'no' to other things." 

-Stephen Covey

***********************************************



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