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Student Technology Assistants

What is the Student Technology Assistant (STA) Program?

Launched in the spring semester of 2007, the Student Technology Assistant (STA) program, funded 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 paired one-on-one with faculty members for one semester and work as many as 12 hours per week.

Goals of the Program:

  • Students have an opportunity to get hands-on practical work skills, learn new technologies, giving them a competitive edge in the workforce
  • Faculty have an opportunity to develop technology projects they may not have had time or expertise to do alone
  • Develop collaborative relationships between faculty and students

STA at USD (What do STAs do?)

The response and feedback to the STA program has been extremely positive. To date we have paired students with professors on approximately 80 projects. Projects have represented a variety of technology-based projects 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 development
  • Multi-media: Audio (podcasting/iTunes U) and video editing (iMovie, Final Cut Pro)
  • Basic animation (Flash, Quicktime)
  • Database 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
  • Create on-demand lectures, tutorials, and simulations using Captivate
  • 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
  • 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 in putting forth a proposal should do so by the deadline posted and meet the following criteria:


Proposal Information
Faculty Proposal Form(please be as detailed as possible)
Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty
STA Project Showcase 2007 - 2013

To participate:

Full-time faculty

  • 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

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 for your resume!

Proposals and Applications

Now accepting proposals and applications for Fall 2014! Deadline: April 30, 2014

STA Project Showcase 2007 - 2013

Students - How do I apply to the program?

Visit these links: