Podcast Your Course

Podcasts - audio and screen classroom recordingInstructors can record their class lectures and slides with podcasting services provided by Educational Technology Services. Studies show podcasts improve lesson retention and allow for further review and study. Audio recordings and screencasts of class lectures are immediately available to students after class. Students can listen to the lectures on their favorite playback device and review lecture material at their own pace by adjusting playback speed and pausing the material.

podcast.ucsd.edu logoAll courses taught in general assignment classrooms have access to free podcasting and screencasting services through podcast.ucsd.edu.

To get started, request podcasting at http://podcast.ucsd.edu/Agreement. Wear and turn on the wireless microphone before lecture. Audio recording will automatically start and stop at the scheduled meeting time.

To learn more about how podcasting and screencasting works, look at our frequently asked questions. Educational Technology Support is also available to answer questions at (858) 822-3315 and its@ucsd.edu.

Classroom Refresh Update

Center Hall 217A

Educational Technology Services has refreshed ten rooms since October 2015. This means that 80% of UC San Diego’s 102 general assignment classrooms and lecture are now refreshed. The most recent ten rooms were:

  • Center 201
  • Center 203
  • Center 205
  • Center 207
  • Center 217A
  • Center 217B
  • Center 218
  • Center 220
  • Center 222
  • York 4080A

New features include:

  • New energy-efficient projectors
  • Power controlled projector screens
  • Additional lighting configurations (including presentation mode, which is ideal for projection and note taking)
  • Touch screen panels that control media inputs
  • Document cameras installed in the lectern (accessible via a side drawer)

A video tutorial demonstrates the use of this new equipment. Immediate assistance is available by calling extension 4-2267 from the phone located in any general assignment lecture hall or classroom.

Educational Technology Services (ETS) is proud to raise the quality of classrooms and lecture halls throughout campus through the Lecture Hall and Classroom Refresh Project in conjunction with Information Technology Services and Facilities Management.

More information about the Classroom and Lecture Hall Refresh Project:

Spring 2016 Media Teaching Lab Workshops

Adam Davies teaching a workshop

Adam teaching a workshop on lighting

UC San Diego’s Media Teaching Lab offers workshops on video production to the campus community. Topics include editing, HD workflows, camera use, sound, and lighting techniques.

Featured workshops for Spring Quarter 2016 are:

  • Media Resume Building for the Graduating Senior – Whether you are writing a resume for your first job or not, this workshop will dive into the dos and do nots of resume building for media-based positions like what a cover letter should include and what points of interest should be on one’s resume. We will also cover video portfolios on websites: personal vs. YouTube, Tumblr, Vimeo, and others.
  • Alternative Film Financing and Distribution Workshop – What are the options for independent film and TV producers getting their projects financed and distributed? Better yet, how do you fund your own projects directly out of college? Want to learn more about this subject? A special one time only workshop the evening of the Up & Coming Student Film Festival, Friday, May 13.

All Media Teaching Lab workshops can be found on the Spring Quarter 2016 workshop calendar. Check them out today!

Winter 2016 Faculty Survey Winner

Professor Harvey Goldman with Michael Sullivan of ETSThe Educational Technology Services (ETS, formerly Academic Computing & Media Services) congratulates Professor Harvey Goldman of Sociology on winning the Winter 2016 Faculty Survey drawing for an iPad Mini 4. Professor Goldman was randomly selected from 117 survey respondents.

The quarterly survey gives UC San Diego faculty the opportunity to provide feedback regarding classroom media equipment and support resources, TritonEd (UC San Diego’s learning management system), podcastingclickers, and instructional support resources like computer labs. Their responses help ETS deploy resources that best support faculty in their teaching.

ETS sends the survey each quarter to all faculty with courses scheduled in registrar-controlled classrooms.

Visit the Faculty section of the ETS website for information about ETS educational technology and support services.

New Learning Glass & Studios Debut

Learning Glass in use with overlay graphicsThe Educational Technology Integration team (ETI) recently premiered a new Learning Glass and studios to support their course video production services.

The centerpiece is the new, larger Learning Glass called Learning Glass XL. “It’s not only extra large, but it helps students ‘excel,’” Educational Technologist Craig Bentley said. Measuring five feet by eight feet (compared to the original Learning Glass’s three feet by five feet dimensions), Learning Glass XL’s additional area allows more complicated work to be demonstrated for students. Its size lets two people work on screen at once without crowding. Learning Glass XL also has a new lighting system that results in less reflection and makes presenters look better in their videos.

Learning Glass XL with complex calculations

The home of Learning Glass XL is a new production suite with two studios. ETI built this additional capacity to meet expected demand for course videos when the Teaching + Learning Commons opens in Fall Quarter 2016. The larger studio can support multi-camera video shoots, including interviews, which can be directed from a control room. A new, larger teleprompter supports text and PowerPoint slides. The smaller studio supports the original Learning Glass. Both studios can facilitate green screen shoots and have centrally controlled lighting that can easily switch between lighting schemes. They also feature ultra high definition (UHD) cameras that allow video editors to create zooms in postproduction, reducing the time that faculty spend in the studio. Each studio has acoustic treatments to achieve excellent sound. ETI has already found they have done fewer retakes due to audio issues than in the previous studio.

To find out how you can use Learning Glass XL or one of Educational Technology Services’ video studios, email eti@ucsd.edu.

Equipment in the Learning Glass XL studio.

Equipment in the Learning Glass XL studio.

Easy Event AV Services

An ACMS Media Event Support TechnicianIf you are putting on an event, let the experts handle your audiovisual needs. Media Event Support is here to handle everything AV for UC San Diego’s events at reasonable rates. Our knowledgeable technicians will set up, operate, and take down all the equipment you need to get the results you want.

We can provide:

  • Sound systems
  • Event photography
  • Blinkcasting
  • Live webcasting
  • Video recording and editing

More information about all of Media Event Support’s services, including pricing, can be found at mediaservices.ucsd.edu. Our online estimate form will start a conversation with our event AV experts in one to two business days.

All orders are billed using UC San Diego index/recharge numbers. Students interested in event support can contact Associated Students of UCSD in advance to obtain a recharge number. For student events hosted at the Price Center, contact One Stop for a recharge number.

Contact mediaservices@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-8265 today to get more information about event AV services.

Active Learning Showcase


Active Learning Showcase logo

The Teaching and Learning Commons, in partnership with Educational Technology Services, will host an Active Learning Showcase on April 8, 2016 from 11:00am – 2:00pm. All faculty are invited to attend. You will hear from faculty in Chemistry + Biochemistry, Physics, Making of the Modern World, and the Library about how active learning spaces across the campus are creating an engaged learning environment at UC San Diego.

Dr. Gabriele Wienhausen, faculty director of The Teaching + Learning Commons, will lead a discussion on active learning and share teaching strategies that promote active learners.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Register now for more information.

If you have questions about the event, contact its@ucsd.edu.

Teaching + Learning Commons commons.ucsd.edu

Learn A New Language Today

Mango Languages logo

Want to learn a new language? You can! UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff can access to Mango Languages Online for free.

The Mango approach uses vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture to teach a language. Interactive guided conversations teach you sentences and phrases that you can use in real situations.

Mango offers 71 different languages and dialects including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Mandarian Chinese, Korean, and even Pirate. There are also 17 different courses that help non-native English speakers improve their skills in English.

To access Mango Languages Online:


A shortcut to the Mango Languages Online website is available on the desktops of many of computers in Information Technology Services-managed computer labs around campus, including:

  • Language Lab
  • Geisel Library
  • Biomedical Library
  • Triton Lounge
  • Sun God Lounge

Use your UC San Diego Active Directory account username and password to log in to lab computers.

Staff, faculty, and students:

Access Mango Languages Online from any computer on UC San Diego property (including Residence Halls and UC San Diego Health) at the UC San Diego login page for Mango Languages Online. Please note that Mango Languages Online will not work from computers using a web proxy, virtual private network (VPN), or private IP addresses.

Fall 2015 Help Desk Survey Winner

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp with his iPadInformation Technology Services congratulates UC San Diego undergraduate Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp on winning the Fall 2015 Help Desk/ResNet survey drawing for an iPad Mini. Watcharapong randomly selected as the winner from 1,682 responses.

Individuals assisted by the Help Desk receive a survey after their issue has been resolved. Survey responses allow customers to submit feedback about their experience, which the Help Desk uses to maintain the highest level of customer satisfaction.

All UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff who receive a survey invitation are eligible to win the iPad.

If you need help with your ResNet connection, UCSD-PROTECTED, software, or other computing issues, contact the Help Desk today!

Time to Renew Your Software

Microsoft, JMP, Adobe, SPSS logos

Does your department buy software licenses? If so, it is renewal season for many of the university’s most popular software. UC San Diego Software Distribution is currently collecting orders for 2016-17. Licenses with upcoming renewal or enrollment dates include:

We now offer SPSS, a data analysis suite from IBM. It is currently available with no fee for users (though this may change in the future).

Visit product pages for more information on ordering or view all software available on the Software Distribution website at software.ucsd.edu.