Remote Instruction

Online Discussion

Online Discussions allow students to participate in an asynchronous conversation with a group or the entire class, and there are several options available for UC Berkeley courses. These include bCourses built-in discussion tool, and integrated platforms Ed Discussion and Piazza.

New integration will automatically copy Zoom Cloud Recordings to Kaltura starting on January 6

December 17, 2020

Starting January 6, 2021, at 8 am, whenever any campus member uses their UC Berkeley Zoom account to host a meeting that is recorded to the Zoom Cloud, the resulting recording will be automatically copied to UC Berkeley’s campus video management system, Kaltura. One of two things will happen:

Course Design Tools

Course Design Tools provides instructors with resources to develop pedagogically sound remote and online courses. This service includes the DLS Core Template, developed by Digital Learning Services using bCourses’ built-in course construction and management tools.

NEW Course Templates in bCourses - Available Nov. 30

November 17, 2020

In support of remote instruction for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester, Digital Learning Services has developed two new bCourses templates that are available to all instructors starting Nov. 30, 2020

The DLS Core Template and the DLS DesignPlus Template both provide instructors a consistent structure for organizing their course site founded in best practices in online pedagogy and promote effective learning for all students by incorporating accessibility standards.

DLS Core Template Getting Started

DLS Core Template Getting Started

Note that the DLS Core Template and related support services will not be available until the week of Nov. 30th. For general questions related to bCourses, please contact

Managing Resources

Managing Resources

There are always more articles, books, podcasts, films and images than what we can realistically include in a single course, but that we’d still like to share with students. These additional resources are important, especially for students who want to learn more but may not be sure where to start looking.