Improve Research, Teaching, and Learning Technologies

 Improve Research, Teaching & Learning TechnologiesProvide UC Berkeley faculty and students, in all disciplines, with research, teaching, and learning IT tools and services to improve the educational experience for students and faculty, and enhance researchers’ ability to make new discoveries.

Projects we are working on in support of this action item:

In Progress

Completed Projects

2014 | 2015

Project Name &

Value to Campus

Milestones & Additional Info

Academic Innovation Studio

Jenn Stringer, Associate CIO, Academic Engagement

To improve the quality of teaching with technology, expanded support for faculty and researchers in their use of technology, and enable deeper collaborations with partners and instructors and researchers.

In Spring 2016, Educational Technology Services (ETS) and campus partners will open a new collaborative service space for teaching and learning innovation in Dwinelle Hall. The yet-to-be named space was developed in close collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning, Research Information Technologies, the Library, the Digital Humanities Project, the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education, and other partners. The space will occupy more than 2,000 square feet on the South end of Dwinelle Hall (D-Level) and will provide fully staffed walk-in support for ETS services, consultations with ETS and partners, a self-service recording studio, post-production workstations, space for workshops, trainings, and seminars, and special events.

May 2016 - Estimated completion

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Berkeley Research Computing (BRC)

David Greenbaum, Director, Research Information Technology

Launch the new Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) Program to support computationally intensive research and teaching. BRC will include four major service areas:

1) A new campus Institutional and Condo cluster for high performance computing (HPC).
2) Cloud-based HPC services.
3) Virtual workstations to support virtual research environments.
4) A community of consultants from across campus. Consultants will have a home in both their local domain (e.g., college, school, research group) and with the campus Research IT group.

In FY14 we launched this new program in partnership with the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the College of Engineering, the D-Lab, and faculty Principal Investigators across campus.

1) Spring 2014 - Phase 1 Completed: Project Launch
The campus' new Institutional/Condo cluster will be installed and condo contributions accepted. The HPC was launched in May 2014 (Savio Cluster) and Principal Investigators have been contributing hardware ($400K) and already doubled the size of the cluster.

2) July 2015: Formal launch of BRC cloud services completed
In partnership with EECS, we will begin analysis and investigation into cloud-based HPC needs and approaches. Cloud computing for research is in definition phase /requirements gathering (looking to fill gaps in existing options).

3) Dec. 2015: Launch BRC Virtualization Workstation Service
Determine and run first stage experiments (in progress). We will pilot virtual workstations in partnership with the D-Lab and I School. New pilots and services will be rolled out each quarter.

4) The consulting services are being built out beyond the collaboration with campus consultants that is already occurring.

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Cal Answers

Mark Chiang, Enterprise Data Warehouse Manager

Phase 1: Enable staff, faculty, and students to obtain consistent answers to critical campus questions.

Phase 2: Create a new Cal Answers report to show sponsored & non-sponsored funds in order to manage faculty funds by department.

May 2014 and Sept. 2014 - Phase 1: Roll-out PI Portfolio enabling faculty to manage award funds to reduce risks of overspending.

PI Portfolio Actuals, All Funds, Projections & Projections/ Receivables released into production.

Release Cal Answers dashboards into production for key EDW initiatives: OE Student Curriculum, OE Student Financials, OE CalPlanning, OE Procure to Pay, HR Census and Student Applicant.

Oct. 2015 - Phase 2: Research Administration and Faculty, such as Haas Ladder Faculty Cal Answers users would benefit from the Cal Answers Faculty Dashboard by drastically reducing the manual Excel spreadsheet data manipulation required in order to manage sponsored & non-sponsored funds.

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Instructor and Researcher Engagement/Consultation Support

David Greenbaum, Director, Research Information Technology

Jenn Stringer, Associate CIO, Academic Engagement

An improved approach to providing instructors and researchers access to service partners that will improve the quality of teaching and research on the campus.

This project's goal is to develop a comprehensive engagement and consulting model for instructors and researchers that supports the use of research, teaching, and learning technologies and improves the ability to discover and use current research and teaching and learning services. Partners on this project include the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library. 

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Learning Analytics Pilots for Student Success

Jenn Stringer, Associate CIO, Academic Engagement

If successful, these projects will establish the technical and functional foundation for learning analytics on campus. 

This project will focus on delivering at least two learning analytic pilots over the course of the 2015-16 academic year. These pilots will focus on both the technical feasibility of implementing a learning analytics infrastructure on campus and on the impact of providing advisors, students, and instructors data to improve student outcomes.

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