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Student Technology Assistants

We are now accepting applications.

Submit an STA application.

The Student Technology Assistant Program is designed to help faculty members enhance or increase their use of technology in their instruction and classroom. Students are paired with faculty members based on knowledge and skills and project requirements. Student Technology Assistants, under the guidance of experienced Information Technology Services employees, provide consulting, support and service to a faculty member who has been approved to proceed with a technology based project over the course of one semester.

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to once again be offering the Student Technology Assistant Program (STA) for Fall 2009. The success of this program has received much attention and the projects generated have been phenomenal. This program is funded by the office of the Provost in collaboration with ITS to offer faculty members assistance in the use of educational technology in the curriculum. Academic Technology Services will work with you to identify projects as well as find qualified students savvy in the use of technology. In addition to our hope that you will propose a project for this program, we are looking for your recommendations for students qualified to apply for the program. Each STA will be paired up with a faculty member for the duration of one semester at 12 hours per week to increase the use of multimedia or web technology in the classroom.

This program is intended not only to enhance teaching and learning experiences for all but to broaden the technical knowledge and increase the organizational and managerial skills of the STAs.

Who are the Student Technology Assistants (STAs)?

They are technologically adept undergraduate students who are recruited, trained, and supported by the Student Technology Assistant Program Supervisor (see Contact Us). Qualified students can be identified and recommended by the faculty member or the department. These students will be paired up with faculty members based on proposed projects and skill requirements.

What do STAs do?

STAs work one-on-one with faculty members to complete semester-long projects that will enhance instruction and learning experiences for USD courses 

What are the benefits to the student?

    • Gain valuable experience working on a challenging project with a faculty member.
    • Get paid to enhance or learn new technology skills.
    • Gain knowledge and skills that will carry through coursework to the workplace.
    • Learn valuable consulting skills including project and time management.

What are the responsibilities of a Student Technology Assistant?

    • Assist a faculty member in the development of electronic instructional resources and integration of instructional technologies into their courses.
    • Meet with and update faculty member and Program Supervisor on a regular basis as to project status.
    • Complete assigned tasks as agreed upon with the faculty member.
    • Provide feedback on the program via the Program Evaluation form.

What are the requirements to become a Student Technology Assistant?

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.  In order to be eligible for consideration, as well as to ensure continued participation, STAs must meet the following minimum criteria:

    • Be an undergraduate student
    • Maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA
    • Work 12 hours per week, including participation in required trainings and meetings
    • Good communication and time management skills
    • Enjoy helping others
    • Comfortable working with a faculty member
    • Must be able to check and respond to e-mail frequently
    • Windows and/or Macintosh experience

What types of projects will Student Technology Assistants work on?

  • WebCT course development and/or redesign
  • Creation of interactive learning modules including blogs, discussion boards, wikis, etc.
  • Course/departmental web site development
  • Audio and video editing (iMovie, Final Cut Pro)
  • Basic animation (Flash, Quicktime)
  • Conversion of transparencies and slides to digital formats for PowerPoint or web presentations
  • Create on-demand lectures, tutorials and simulations using Captivate

How will projects be managed?

A Program Supervisor will be assigned to each STA. Program Supervisors are ITS employees who will provide technological and other resource support to the STAs. For each project, teams will be formed consisting of a student, a faculty member, a Program Supervisor, and other professionals within the ITS group as needed. An STA Project Agreement will be developed, and will serve as the main planning contract for the project. This agreement will include the following information:

    • Project name
    • Length of each project
    • Team members roles and responsibilities
    • Identifying project goals and objectives
    • Defining tasks

How will STA Program successes be measured?

Each faculty member and Student Technology Assistant will complete an evaluation at the end of the project. Informal evaluation will take place throughout the course of the project. The project deliverables will be shared with other USD community members via the STA web site and optional presentation at the faculty technology showcase.

How does a student apply to become a Student Technology Assistant?

Complete the Student Technology Assistant Application and submit it to or mail it to: 

Information Technology Services
Student Technology Assistant Program
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego CA 92110

We are now accepting applications.

What happens once a student submits an application to be a Student Technology Assistant?

All applicants will be contacted by a Program Supervisor to determine eligibility for the program. Upon acceptance to the program, an initial meeting with the faculty member, Program Supervisor and student will be scheduled to complete the Project Design Agreement.