What is the Student Technology Assistant (STA) Program?
Launched in the spring semester of 2007, the Student Technology Assistant (STA) program, supported by the Provost's office and executed by ITS, is designed to engage faculty in the use and implementation of technology in teaching and curriculum development, either online or in the classroom. Student Technology Assistants (STA) are trained and paired one-on-one with faculty members for one entire semester and work as many as 12 hours per week on a specific project.
Goals of the Program:
What Types of Projects Can STAs Take On?
The response to the STA program has been extremely positive. To date we have paired students with professors on approximately 90 projects. Projects have represented a variety of technology-based skills which include (but are not limited to):
- Blackboard Olé course development and/or redesign
- Development of learning modules including blogs, discussion boards, wikis, etc.
- Course/departmental web site design and development
- Multi-media production: Audio (podcasting/iTunes U) and video editing (iMovie, Final Cut Pro)
- Basic animation (Flash, Quicktime)
- Database design and development
- Web 2.0 - Second Life, Facebook, Twitter
- 3-D Modeling - Rhino, Sketchup
- Conversion of transparencies and slides to digital formats for PowerPoint or web presentations/galleries
- Create on-demand lectures, tutorials, and simulations using Captivate or other screen capture technology
- MySQL database creation
Benefits to Faculty
STA services allow you to...
- Take on a technology-based project you have been putting off
- Receive technical assistance from a skilled student partner and IT employee
- Enhance your curriculum with emerging technologies
- Receive the training and support you need in order to maintain your project once it is completed
Faculty - How do I apply to the program?
Limited space is available and proposals will be reviewed and selected by an Advisory Committee. Faculty interested are encouraged to put forth a strong proposal by the deadline posted above.
Strong Proposals Should Consider the Following:
- Projects must yield results that will enhance the teaching and learning experience in the classroom (either face-to-face or online), facilitating student learning
- The number of students benefitting from the outcome of the project will be considered
- The depth and scope of the project should ensure sufficient new learning experiences for the STA
- If proposing development of a Blackboard Olé course, instructors must have attended the necessary training
- Instructors must be available and prepared to begin work on their project at the time of acceptance into the program
Benefits to Students
The STA program provides...
- Excellent opportunity for students with interests in the field of technology to enhance their knowledge and experience with additional training and hands-on work on projects
- Paid training in using various digital-media software and associated equipment
- Working on projects in conjunction with technical specialists in Academic Technology Services.
- In addition to learning new skills, STAs enjoy flexible hours. Deadlines must be met, but for the most part you set your own work schedule.
- Enjoy challenging projects working with the latest software and computer technology
- Great experience to include on your resume!
Students - How do I apply for employment?
ITS currently employs 8 STAs each semester. Students who are interested in bettering their technology skills and enjoy challenging, self-paced work are encouraged to apply to the program. Additional and ongoing training will be provided by ITS in order to prepare students for specific project needs. Good time management skills required.