Feature Articles

Meet the Educational Technology Leadership Committee

Photos of ETLC meeting & members

By Shohreh Bozorgmehri. This 2018-2019 fiscal year, I was honored to serve as chair of the systemwide Educational Technology Leadership Committee (ETLC). The ETLC is a committee of the Information Technology Leadership Council (ITLC), with direct involvement and support from…
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Hummingbird: UCSC’s Small but Mighty Open-Access Computational Cluster

By Stephen Hauskins. High-end computational capabilities and support are rapidly becoming a necessity for UC Santa Cruz faculty, students, researchers, and collaborators. However, access to this type of capability is disproportionately distributed. Hummingbird, a shared computational cluster, is UCSC’s…
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Scientists Create Fire-Retardant Sensors for Safety Gear in Harsh Environments

The fire-retardant triboelectric nanogenerator mounted on a work boot.

By Meghan Steele Horan.

Imagine a device that could stand up to even the most intense fires so that it could automatically signal others when a firefighter is immobilized on the job.

UCLA researchers and colleagues at two other universities…
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UC Riverside Students Check out Laptops from Kiosks

A student smiling as she works on her laptop.

By Jacob Poore. 

A computer lab in a vending machine? That’s what UC Riverside’s Information Technology Solutions (ITS) organization made possible when it implemented self-service laptop checkout kiosks on campus for students.  

The kiosks are a lot like a vending machine — or video rental kiosk — for campus-owned laptops, and offer three device options, including Dell…
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UC Gets Systemwide Agreement for Gradescope Online Grading System

By Roshni Pratap.

A new systemwide agreement is in place for Gradescope, effective April 2, 2019.

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope is a market leader in the digital grading space designed to make grading more consistent, fair, and efficient. Gradescope…
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Informatics Department Receives $1.1M to Study Socially Responsible AI

Artificial intelligence, silhouette of a face with digital signage

By Shani Murray.

How do we build systems that proactively promote values of inclusion? This is one of the questions the Department of Informatics hopes to tackle over the next few years, thanks to a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National…
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UCD Health Is Ready: Health Information Exchange when Disaster Strikes

By Michael Marchant.

After the disastrous California wildfires, how did the many, many displaced people – separated from their local clinics, doctors’ offices, medical records, even medications – get care? How did providers and first responders treat them, when they…
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UC Gets Systemwide Agreement and BAA for Google Cloud Platform – and More!

By Thomas Trappler.

A new systemwide agreement for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is now available, in addition to a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) for both GCP and G-Suite for Education. Here’s what you need to know.

What is GCP?


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UC San Diego Updates edX Platform to Improve Online Learning Experience

People working on computers at the Hub at UCSD

By Mark Hersberger.

The University of California San Diego was collecting test scores and other learning metrics from 3.4 million students engaged in its offering of 90 massive, open, online courses (MOOCs). However, due to incompatibilities between the data format…
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