bCourses:UC Berkeley Canvas Access

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bCourses:UC Berkeley Canvas Access

bCourses is UC Berkeley’s official campus Learning Management System (LMS), leveraging the open-source Canvas framework.

This web-based solution provides a resource for educators and students to boost the teaching and learning experience.

bCourses is connected with the University of California, Berkeley’s Academic Integrity, Clickers, CalCentral, Course Capture, SuiteC, and Gradescope services.

How to log into bCourses

You have two access options to bCourses:

If your instructor is using bCourses, you can access your course site(s) by logging into your CalCentral or bCourses account.

Enrollments in bCourses are updated daily between 6 am-8 am using information from the student information system. So if you registered for a class after this time, you will get access to the course site the next time that enrollment is updated.

bCourses sites are spaces where your instructor can put course materials and grades. They can also be used to interact with your classmates and instructors in a variety of creative and productive ways.

How can I be sure that I have a Kaltura account?

If you have ever entered My Material or Media Gallery in bCourses to add or view media, you have been prompted to “authorize” Kaltura.

Presuming that the Authorize button was pressed, your Kaltura account was established.

Likewise, if you have visited MediaSpace (kaltura.berkeley.edu) and checked in using your Calnet credentials, you have created a Kaltura account.

If you’re uncertain whether you’ve completed any of the preceding, try one of the following:

If you already use bCourses, continue using it.

  • Sign into bCourses and navigate to any course or project website.
  • Select either “My Media” or “Media Gallery” from the left-hand navigation.
  • If My Media or Media Gallery loads, you have an existing account. Click the “Authorize” button if prompted to do so, and your account will be established.

If you don’t use bCourses

If you don’t use bCourses

  • Visit MediaSpace through kaltura.berkeley.edu.
  • Click on Guest in the upper right corner and select Login.
  • Use your Calnet credentials to log in. You have an account now.

How to check in to your Zoom account at UC Berkeley

Before joining the majority of Zoom sessions at UC Berkeley, you must be logged onto your Zoom account with your CalNet ID and Passphrase.

In the Zoom desktop and mobile applications, you can do so by selecting “Sign in with SSO” (Single Sign-On with your CalNet ID). Listed below are detailed instructions.

Sign in via desktop app

If you have not previously installed the Zoom desktop application, you can do so via Self Service on Berkeley Desktop-managed machines or by downloading it from Zoom.

  • Launch the Zoom application on your PC.
  • Select “Login with SSO” (Single Sign-On, using your CalNet ID).
  • Enter “Berkeley” in the field labeled “Your company’s domain,” and then click “Continue.” The web browser will launch.
  • If you are not already logged into CalNet, the regular login screen will appear. Sign in with your CalNet username and password.
  • Once you have logged in to CalNet (or if you are already logged in), you will be presented with the “Launch Zoom” screen.
  • Click “Open zoom.us”
  • The desktop application for Zoom will reopen. Click the emblem in the upper-right corner of the Zoom window to verify your login status.

Sign in via mobile app

  • Install Zoom from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Open the zoom app.
  • In the lower-right corner, tap “Sign In.”
  • Select “SSO” from the menu in the lower-left corner.
  • Enter “Berkeley” in the “company domain” field, and then press the “go” key on the keyboard. Your device’s web browser will launch, and the regular CalNet login screen will appear. Sign in with your CalNet username and password.
  • After logging into CalNet, you will be presented with a screen.
  • Tap “Open”. Your name will appear in the center of the screen to indicate that you have successfully logged in.



Ally is a collection of tools within bCourses that makes course content more accessible by allowing students and teachers to convert files to HTML, EPUB, or MP3 (audio). The Ally program also provides educators with visual indicators of the accessibility of source files and offers each uploaded file an accessibility score. In addition, we are beta-testing an Ally translation technology that automatically translates course materials into over 30 languages.


SensusAccess is a self-service technology that automates the conversion of documents into multiple alternative formats, such as mp3, e-books, Braille, and Daisy. Additionally, the service can be used to transform otherwise inaccessible documents, such as image-only PDF files, scanned photographs, lecture notes, and other educational materials, into more accessible formats.


SuiteC offers bCourses customers additional tools to facilitate student participation and collaboration, including the Asset Library, Engagement Index, Whiteboards, and Impact Studio. The Asset Library enables students to upload and share multimedia learning items, whilst the Whiteboard enables students to “remix” these assets collectively in order to make linkages between primary and secondary sources. The Engagement Index enables instructors to automatically grade student participation in SuiteC and bCourses technologies, and the Impact Studio provides students with visualizations to help them comprehend how their work influences the learning of their peers. SuiteC was created by ETS in collaboration with faculty from UC Berkeley.

Collaboration and communication


The Chat tool in Canvas allows students and teachers to interact in real time.

Google Apps

Canvas’ connectivity with Google Apps has been enhanced, making it simpler for instructors to incorporate collaborations, content sharing, engaging course content, and assignment distribution directly within bCourses. Additionally, the integration facilitates student collaboration with professors and peers on individual or group assignments. Google Apps comprises, among others, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Google Jamboard

Jamboard is a tool that may be utilized for collaborative ideation and brainstorming.

Read more about Jamboard


Mural is a cloud-based collaborative application for ideation and brainstorming. This tool provides numerous project planning and design thinking templates.


Harmonize connects effortlessly with LMSs to create an interactive place for dynamic academic conversation, creative and analytic thinking, and in-depth feedback that propels the next generation of education.

Visit the Harmonize Website


With Telanto, you can design experiential learning sessions in which students solve real-world challenges and acquire transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, teamwork, and communication. It fosters a collaborative, innovative environment between students and faculty.

Visit the Telanto Website

Idea Machine

Innovative learning platform that enables instructors to rapidly and easily establish engaging social communities centered on central questions or subjects.

Visit the IdeaMachine Website

Gamut Gallery

Gallery is a digital space where students can share and receive comments on their work.

Visit the Gamut Gallery Website


Zoom is the platform of choice for authorized users to host voice, web, and video conferencing at the University of California. With a CalNet ID, anyone can obtain a free Zoom account. Free accounts include restrictions, such as a 40-minute meeting time limit. The Department of Telecommunications does not support free accounts.

Berkeley Resource: UC Berkeley Zoom Web/Video Conferencing (Links to an external site.)

Berkeley Resource: Haas Digital Zoom Quickstart Guide

Canvas Commons

Commons is a repository for learning objects that allows educators to discover, import, and exchange resources. Commons is a digital repository of educational information that enables Canvas users to exchange and import learning resources into their courses.

Create a Site

If you are the official instructor for a course, you can construct your own course sites in bCourses.

Berkeley Knowledge Base: How do I create a Course Site?

JMP Statistical Software

JMP and JMP Pro are utilized in the domains of statistics and mathematics, as well as in any research, administrative, or academic discipline where statistical interpretation is required. The JMP Academic Suite consists of JMP, JMP Pro (Windows and Mac), and SAS Simulation Studio for JMP (Windows only).

Request a JMP license


Mathematica is a program used in numerous scientific, engineering, mathematical, and computing domains.

Request a Mathematica License


For numerical computing, visualization, and programming, MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment. MATLAB can be used for data analysis, method development, and the creation of models and applications.

Download MatLab


From traditional analysis of variance and linear regression to accurate methodologies and statistical visualization approaches, SAS/STAT software caters to specialized and enterprise-wide analytic requirements.

Request an SAS license


IBM SPSS Statistics is a series of integrated solutions that tackles the entirety of the analytical process, from planning to data collection to analysis, reporting, and deployment.

Request an SPSS license


Tableau is an easy-to-use business intelligence application for data analysis that provides visual tools to help you examine and comprehend your data. You can connect to data with a few clicks, then view and create interactive dashboards that can be shared with Tableau Public using drag-and-drop tools. Visual analytics are central to the Tableau experience, enabling you to ask questions and view data in meaningful ways in order to comprehend it. These tools make it simple to visualize data and identify trends in order to answer your own queries.

Request a Tableau license


EquatIO software permits the direct creation of mathematical equations, formulas, and more on a computer.

Read more about EquatIO


Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a live polling application for online and in-person meetings and lectures. You can improve student engagement using Poll Everywhere by conducting polls and displaying the results in real-time. This instrument is great for measuring student comprehension or attitudes.

Download and read more about Poll Everywhere


Make remote and in-class instruction more interesting, enhance student performance and attendance, and engage with colleagues on learning topics in an interactive live environment.

Read more about Kahoot!



Honorlock provides schools and institutions with online proctoring services on demand.

Read more about Honorlock

Gradind and Analytics


Gradescope is a collection of tools designed to support a standard grading procedure. Students and teachers scan and upload their assignments and exams. Instructors and GSIs develop a dynamic rubric that expedites the grading of large courses. The software provides a means for students to seek re-grading of problems and can reveal vital statistics about student work.

Berkeley Resources: Gradescope

New Analytics

New Analytics is an LTI tool that may be enabled for all courses and is installed at the account level. Every 24 hours, data is refreshed in New Analytics. Only active student enrollments are represented in New Analytics data.

Canvas Guides: New Analytics

Lecture  Capture & Content Creation

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of desktop and mobile programs and services used for producing print and online media assets, editing videos, creating websites, and more.

Students can utilize Adobe Creative Cloud apps to accomplish multimedia-intensive tasks. Similarly, instructors can utilize these programs to develop instructional materials requiring the same level of complexity.

Berkeley Resources: Download Adobe Creative Cloud 

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a collection of tools that enables the rapid creation of interesting and visually appealing short video presentations and web pages. Spark Page and Spark Video can be used to create text-based and video-based presentations.

Read more about Adobe Spark


Audacity is an easy-to-use multitrack audio editor and recorder for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Audacity provides professors and students interested in podcasting as a learning activity with high-quality recording tools.

Download Audacity

iBooks Author (Mac)

Available for free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an incredible application that enables anyone to produce gorgeous textbooks and other types of books for iPad, iPhone, and Mac. These books bring text to life in ways that the printed page never could.

Download iBooks Author

Microsoft 365

O365 is a suite of services that provides access to Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as other cloud services. It includes access to the most recent features, security updates, and bug fixes.

Download Microsoft 365

Microsoft Project

Project is a project management tool used for project planning, resource allocation, and progress monitoring.

Download and request a license for Microsoft Project

Microsoft Visio

Visio is a tool for creating flowcharts, process maps, organizational structure diagrams, floor layouts, and engineering designs, among other things.

Download and read more about Pages


Panopto is an easy-to-use tool for lecture recording and classroom flipping. The software can be used in classrooms with an existing recording system, or it can be installed on any personal computer or laptop. With Panopto, you are able to record your screen, audio, and webcam footage. All recordings are uploaded instantly to our Panopto server and connected with bCourses so they may be shared with your students.

Berkeley Knowledge Base:


In addition to real-time collaboration and lectures, Zoom can also be used to record and export presentations as videos.

Berkeley Resource: UC Berkeley Zoom Web/Video Conferencing (Links to an external site.)

Berkeley Resource: Haas Digital Zoom Quickstart Guide

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