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Berkeley Will Delete Online Content
Berkeley Will Delete Online Content
By Carl Straumsheim
March 6, 2017
Inside Higher Ed
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The University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts in response to a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the educational content accessible to people with disabilities.
Today, the content is available to the public on YouTube, iTunes U and the universitys webcast.berkeley site. On March 15, the university will begin removing the more than 20,000 audio and video files from those platforms — a process that will take three to five months — and require users sign in with University of California credentials to view or listen to them.
The university will continue to offer massive open online courses on edX and said it plans to create new public content that is accessible to listeners or viewers with disabilities.
This move will also partially address recent findings by the Department of Justice, which suggests that the YouTube and iTunes U content meet higher accessibility standards as a condition of remaining publicly available, Koshland said. Finally, moving our content behind authentication allows us to better protect instructor intellectual property from pirates who have reused content for personal profit without consent.
The Justice Department, following an investigation, in August determined that the university was violating the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
Stacy Nowak, one of the complainants, referred comments to the Justice Department and the National Association of the Deaf. The NAD did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The department ordered the university to make the content accessible to people with disabilities. Berkeley, however, publicly floated an alternative: removing everything from public view.
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Campus message on Course Capture video, podcast changes
By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley | MARCH 1, 2017
Cathy Koshland, UC Berkeley vice chancellor for undergraduate education, sent this message to the campus community today:
Dear Campus Community,
I wanted to share with you the decision to restrict access to our legacy Course Capture (classroom lecture) videos and podcasts, currently searchable at webcast.berkeley.edu and found on YouTube and UC Berkeley iTunesU, to members of the campus community.
As part of the campuss ongoing effort to improve the accessibility of online content, we have determined that instead of focusing on legacy content that is 3-10 years old, much of which sees very limited use, we will work to create new public content that includes accessible features. Our public legacy libraries on YouTube and iTunesU include over 20,000 publications. This move will also partially address recent findings by the Department of Justice which suggests that the YouTube and iTunesU content meet higher accessibility standards as a condition of remaining publicly available. Finally, moving our content behind authentication allows us to better protect instructor intellectual property from pirates who have reused content for personal profit without consent.
Since fall 2015 we have piloted publishing all of our Course Capture content behind CAS/CalNet authentication. This strategy has enhanced our ability to accommodate students and UC Berkeley community members who have demonstrated an accessibility need, and we have concluded that authentication is an intervention that is appropriately responsive to the Berkeley community.
We will continue to evaluate the role of online Course Capture and distribution in tandem with advances in technology befitting the No. 1 public institution in the country. Berkeley will maintain its commitment to sharing content to the public through our partnership with EdX (edx.org). This free and accessible content includes a wide range of educational opportunities and topics from across higher ed.
Beginning March 15, 2017, access to iTunesU course content will be suspended. On the same day we will begin the process of moving the publicly offered YouTube content made from the current legacy channel [youtube.com/ucberkeley] to a new authentication login required channel. The entire process is expected to take three to five months.
The complete article may be read at the URL immediately above.
University May Remove Online Content to Avoid Disability Law
U.S. Justice Department finds that Berkeley MOOCs and YouTube content don’t meet federal requirements.
By Scott Jaschik
September 20, 2016
Inside Higher Ed
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The University of California, Berkeley, has announced that it may eliminate free online content rather than comply with a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the content accessible to those with disabilities.
The content in question is all free and is for the general public to use. “The departments findings do not implicate the accessibility of educational opportunities provided to our enrolled students,” said a statement on the situation by Cathy Koshland, vice chancellor for undergraduate education.
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Bioengineering 200, 002 – Spring 2015
KEVIN E. HEALY
The Graduate Group Introductory Seminar – An introduction to research in bioengineering including specific case studies and organization of this rapidly expanding and diverse field.
Biology 1A, 001 – Spring 2015
GARY L. FIRESTONE, ANDREW DILLIN, JENNIFER A DOUDNA, MICHAEL MEIGHAN
General Biology Lecture – General introduction to cell structure and function, molecular and organismal genetics, animal development, form and function.
Biology 1AL, 001 – Spring 2015
General Biology Laboratory – Laboratory that accompanies 1A lecture course. Intended for biological science majors, but open to all qualified students.
Biology 1B, 001 – Spring 2015
ALAN SHABEL, GEORGE RODERICK, LEWIS J FELDMAN
General introduction to plant development, form, and function; population genetics, ecology, and evolution. Intended for students majoring in the biological sciences, but open to all qualified students.
Computer Science 10, 001 – Spring 2015
The Beauty and Joy of Computing – An introduction to the beauty and joy of computing. The history, social implications, great principles, and future of computing. Beautiful applications that have changed the world. How computing empowers discovery and progress in other fields. Relevance of computing to the student and society will be emphasized.
Computer Science 162, 001 – Spring 2015
Operating Systems and System Programming – Basic concepts of operating systems and system programming. Utility programs, subsystems, multiple-program systems. Processes, interprocess communication, and synchronization. Memory allocation, segmentation, paging. Loading and linking, libraries. Resource allocation, scheduling, performance evaluation. File systems, storage devices, I/O systems. Protection, security, and privacy.
Computer Science 169, 001 – Spring 2015
Software Engineering – Ideas and techniques for designing, developing, and modifying large software systems. Function-oriented and object-oriented modular design techniques, designing for re-use and maintainability. Specification and documentation. Verification and validation. Cost and quality metrics and estimation. Project team organization and management. Students will work in teams on a substantial programming project.
Computer Science 170, 001 – Spring 2015
PRASAD RAGHAVENDRA, CHRISTOS H PAPADIMITRIOU
Efficient Algorithms and Intractable Problems – Concept and basic techniques in the design and analysis of algorithms; models of computation; lower bounds; algorithms for optimum search trees, balanced trees and UNION-FIND algorithms; numerical and algebraic algorithms; combinatorial algorithms. Turing machines, how to count steps, deterministic and nondeterministic Turing machines, NP-completeness. Unsolvable and intractable problems.
Computer Science 186, 001 – Spring 2015
Introduction to Database Systems – Access methods and file systems to facilitate data access. Hierarchical, network, relational, and object-oriented data models. Query languages for models. Embedding query languages in programming languages. Database services including protection, integrity control, and alternative views of data. High-level interfaces including application generators, browsers, and report writers. Introduction to transaction processing. Database system implementation to be done as term project.
Computer Science 188, 001 – Spring 2015
PIETER ABBEEL, DAN KLEIN
Basic ideas and techniques underlying the design of intelligent computer systems. Topics include heuristic search, problem solving, game playing, knowledge representation, logical inference, planning, reasoning under uncertainty, expert systems, learning, perception, language understanding.
Computer Science 195, 001 – Spring 2015
JOHN S. DENERO
Social Implications of Computer Technology – Topics include electronic community; the changing nature of work; technological risks; the information economy; intellectual property; privacy; artificial intelligence and the sense of self; pornography and censorship; professional ethics. Students will lead discussions on additional topics.
Computer Science 198, 032 – Spring 2015
Web Design Decal.
Computer Science 61A, 001 – Spring 2015
JOHN S. DENERO
The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs – Introduction to programming and computer science. This course exposes students to techniques of abstraction at several levels: (a) within a programming language, using higher-order functions, manifest types, data-directed programming, and message-passing; (b) between programming languages, using functional and rule-based languages as examples. It also relates these techniques to the practical problems of implementation of languages and algorithms on a von Neumann machine. There are several significant programming projects, programmed in a dialect of the LISP language.
Computer Science 61B, 002 – Spring 2015
JOSHUA A. HUG
Data Structrues – Fundamental dynamic data structures, including linear lists, queues, trees, and other linked structures; arrays strings, and hash tables. Storage management. Elementary principles of software engineering. Abstract data types. Algorithms for sorting and searching. Introduction to the Java programming language.
Computer Science 61C, 001 – Spring 2015
VLADIMIR STOJANOVIC. KRSTE ASANOVIC
Machine Structures – The internal organization and operation of digital computers. Machine architecture, support for high-level languages (logic, arithmetic, instruction sequencing) and operating systems (I/O, interrupts, memory management, process switching). Elements of computer logic design. Tradeoffs involved in fundamental architectural design decisions.
Computer Science 70, 001 – Spring 2015
Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory – Logic, infinity, and induction; applications include undecidability and stable marriage problem. Modular arithmetic and GCDs; applications include primality testing and cryptography. Polynomials; examples include error correcting codes and interpolation. Probability including sample spaces, independence, random variables, law of large numbers; examples include load balancing, existence arguments, Bayesian inference.
Computer Science 98, 052 – Spring 2015
JOHN S. DENERO
Additional Topics on the Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. – The course must be taken concurrently with Computer Science 61A and will cover additional topics and examples related to Computer Science 61A.
Economics 113, 001 – Spring 2015
American Economic History A survey of trends in the American economy; emphasis on factors explaining economic growth and on the changing distribution of the gains and losses associated with growth
Economics 270D, 001 – Spring 2015
EDWARD ANDREW MIGUEL
Special Topics in Development – See course announcement for current topics and prerequisites.
Electrical Engineering 123, 001 – Spring 2015
SHIMON MICHAEL LUSTIG
Digital Signal Processing – Discrete time signals and systems: Fourier and Z transforms, DFT, 2-dimensional versions. Digital signal processing topics: flow graphs, realizations, FFT, chirp-Z algorithms, Hilbert transform relations, quantization effects, linear prediction. Digital filter design methods: windowing, frequency sampling, S-to-Z methods, frequency-transformation methods, optimization methods, 2-dimensional filter design.
Electrical Engineering C247B, 001 – Spring 2015
CLARK TU-CUONG NGUYEN
This course is the same as Mechanical Engineering C218.Introduction to MEMS Design – Physics, fabrication, and design of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Micro and nanofabrication processes, including silicon surface and bulk micromachining and non-silicon micromachining. Integration strategies and assembly processes. Microsensor and microactuator devices: electrostatic, piezoresistive, piezoelectric, thermal, magnetic transduction. Electronic position-sensing circuits and electrical and mechanical noise. CAD for MEMS. Design project is required.
Environ Sci, Policy, and Management 114, 001 – Spring 2015
JUSTIN S. BRASHARES
Wildlife Ecology – Introduction to wildlife ecology and its relationship to management programs. Includes population, community, and ecosystem levels of organization, followed by selected case studies.
Environ Sci, Policy, and Management C11, 001 – Spring 2015
This course is the same as Letters and Science C30U. Americans and the Global Forest – This course challenges students to think about how individual and American consumer decisions affect forest ecosystems around the world. A survey course that highlights the consequences of different ways of thinking about the forest as a global ecosystem and as a source of goods like trees, water, wildlife, food, jobs, and services. The scientific tools and concepts that have guided management of the forest for the last 100 years, and the laws, rules, and informal institutions that have shaped use of the forests, are analyzed.
Geography 130, 001 – Spring 2015
NATHAN F. SAYRE
Food and the Environment – How do human populations organize and alter natural resources and ecosystems to produce food? The role of agriculture in the world economy, national development, and environmental degradation in the Global North and the Global South. The origins of scarcity and abundance, population growth and migration, hunger, and poverty.
International and Area Studies 106, 001 – Spring 2015
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory – This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of intermediate microeconomic theory. It covers a number of topics including consumer and demand theory, firm, production and cost theory, competitive market theory, imperfect competition, welfare economics, choice under uncertainty and information. All analysis conducted in the course relies on graphical and algebraic techniques.
Japanese 7B, 001 – Spring 2015
JOHN R. WALLACE
Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture – An introduction to Japanese literature in translation in a two-semester sequence. 7B provides a survey of important works of 19th- and 20th-century Japanese fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism. The course will explore the manner in which writers responded to the challenges of industrialization, internationalization, and war. Topics include the shifting notions of tradition and modernity, the impact of Westernization on the constructions of the self and gender, writers and the wartime state, literature of the atomic bomb, and postmodern fantasies and aesthetics. All readings are in English translation. Techniques of critical reading and writing will be introduced as an integral part of the course.
Letters and Science C30U, 001 – Spring 2015
This course is the same as Environ Sci, Policy, and Management C11. Americans and the Global Forest – This course challenges students to think about how individual and American consumer decisions affect forest ecosystems around the world. A survey course that highlights the consequences of different ways of thinking about the forest as a global ecosystem and as a source of goods like trees, water, wildlife, food, jobs, and services. The scientific tools and concepts that have guided management of the forest for the last 100 years, and the laws, rules, and informal institutions that have shaped use of the forests, are analyzed.
Letters and Science C70V, 001 – Spring 2015
STEVEN W. STAHLER
This course is the same as Physics C10. Descriptive Introduction to Physics – The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics.
Mechanical Engineering C218, 001 – Spring 2015
CLARK TU-CUONG NGUYEN
This course is the same as Electrical Engineering C247B.Introduction to MEMS Design – Physics, fabrication, and design of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). Micro and nanofabrication processes, including silicon surface and bulk micromachining and non-silicon micromachining. Integration strategies and assembly processes. Microsensor and microactuator devices: electrostatic, piezoresistive, piezoelectric, thermal, magnetic transduction. Electronic position-sensing circuits and electrical and mechanical noise. CAD for MEMS. Design project is required.
Media Studies 104A, 001 – Spring 2015
WILLIAM B. TURNER
Freedom of Speech and the Press – The course considers the history and contemporary meaning of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and the press. Emphasizing the real world implications of major Supreme Court decisions, the course examines restrictions on speech and press imposed by national security, libel, injurious speech, and privacy, as well as issues of access to information and government regulation of new media.
Physics 8B, 001 – Spring 2015
Introductory Physics – Introduction to electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics. The course presents concepts and methodologies for understanding physical phenomena, and is particularly useful preparation for upper division study in biology and architecture.
Physics C10, 001 – Spring 2015
STEVEN W. STAHLER
This course is the same as Letters and Science C70V. Descriptive Introduction to Physics – The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics.
Political Science 179, 001 – Spring 2015
ALAN DAVID ROSS
Undergraduate Colloquium on Political Science – Political issues facing the state of California, the United States, or the international community.
Psychology 1, 001 – Spring 2015
General Psychology – Introduction to the principal areas, problems, and concepts of psychology. This course is required for the major; students not considering a psychology major are directed to 2.
Psychology 131, 001 – Spring 2015
Developmental Psychopathology – This course will discuss linkages between developmental processes and child psychopathology. Included will be discussion of cognitive impairments in children, including learning disabilities and mental retardation; internalizing disorders, such as anxiety, withdrawal, and depression; externalizing disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder; and child abuse and neglect. Psychobiological, familial, legal, and societal factors will be emphasized.
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Psychology 140, 001 – Spring 2015
Developmental Psychology – This course explores the development of children from birth to adolescence, in a wide range of areas including biological, cognitive, linguistic, social, and personality development. It also covers the effects of genes, experience, and social context on children’s development.
Public Health 142, 001 – Spring 2015
Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health – Descriptive statistics, probability, probability distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square, correlation and regression with biomedical applications.
Public Health 241, 001 – Spring 2015
NICHOLAS P. JEWELL
Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data – Biostatistical concepts and modeling relevant to the design and analysis of multifactor population-based cohort and case-control studies, including matching. Measures of association, causal inference, confounding interaction. Introduction to binary regression, including logistic regression.
Statistics 131A, 001 – Spring 2015
FLETCHER H IBSER
Statistical Inferences for Social and Life Scientists – Ideas for estimation and hypothesis testing basic to applications, including an introduction to probability. Linear estimation and normal regression theory.
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