University of Vermont

Center for Teaching and Learning

The TechCATs Program

Students:
Apply to be
a TechCAT!

Fall 2014

The goal of TechCATs Program (Technology Collaborative Action Teams) is to match faculty who want to integrate more technology into their teaching with students—"TechCATs"—who can help them. TechCATs are employed by and receive training from the Center for Teaching & Learning. When faculty apply to the program, the CTL reviews their needs and, if their application is approved, pairs them with a TechCAT who has the appropriate skills for their project.

These partnerships are mutually rewarding because:

  1. Faculty broaden their teaching options, enrich their students' learning opportunities, and increase their own technology skills, and
  2. TechCATs gain, under CTL mentorship, real employment experience while developing professional skills in teamwork, communication, and technology.

TechCATs support might include:

  • Assisting faculty and their students with the development of multimedia projects using tools such as image and video editing software or Google Earth.
  • Building digital collections with tools such as wikis, blogs, or online exhibit software.
  • Creating accessible instructional materials, such as transcribing and captioning videos, or creating accessible PDFs.
  • Assisting students with the completion of course assignments that employ multimedia or Web-based content.
  • Digitizing slides or audio and video recordings for use on the Web.
  • Developing instructional tutorials or technical documentation for student projects, for example “Read&Write Gold,” qualitative software, screencasting, or Google applications).
  • Providing iClicker support.
  • If scheduling permits, TechCats may also be able to work directly with students in the classroom in support of an academic technology.

Some TechCATs also provide one-on-one, walk-in support to faculty at the CTL’s “Dr Is In” Program, 303 Bailey/Howe.

Faculty and students who are interested in this program or have questions may contact:

Henrie Paz-Amor hpazamor@uvm.edu or
Hope Greenberg hope.greenberg@uvm.edu
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