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Center for Academic Technology

About CAT

Mission

The Center for Academic Technology (CAT) promotes teaching and learning through the effective use of academic technology and learning design. In particular, we support student learning by working with faculty and academic staff to promote thoughtful and effective use of academic technology and instructional approaches. CAT is housed on the third floor of Irwin Library and is a division of Academic Affairs.

Cartoon likeness of the CAT team: Evan, Mary, Kristen, Maleigha, Meg, Nick, Tom, Allison

2021-2022 Strategic Vision

For the 2021-2022 academic year, CAT has developed a strategic vision that aligns with the Butler Beyond Strategic Direction. The vision document outlines several key initiatives that: 1) focus on excellent learning experiences for our students, 2) capitalize on partnerships, and  3) promots DEI. Select the image below to access a pdf version of the Vision document. 

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Core Values

In CAT, we value:

  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    We believe that striving for inclusivity and embracing diversity in our work will foster excellent learning experiences for all. Therefore, we:
    • ADVOCATE for equitable access to and design of learning resources.
    • MODEL inclusive practices in our work.
    • SUPPORT learners from underrepresented/marginalized backgrounds and identities through adoption of equitable tools and processes.
    • HOLD ourselves and vendors to standards that ensure privacy and accessibility
  2. Sustainability and Innovation
    We strive to strike a balance between time-tested strategies and innovative practice. Therefore, we: 
    • STEWARD pedagogical and professional resources for faculty and staff exploration.
    • ENGAGE in consultations supporting instructional practice and technology usage.
    • SUPPORT the pursuit of innovative practices through funding and other initiatives.
  3. Collaboration and Partnerships
    We value collaborative and sustainable partnerships with individuals and groups throughout the Butler community. Therefore, we: 
    • INVITE fellow faculty and staff members to co-facilitate instructional sessions, faculty learning communities, and reading circles. 
    • COLLABORATE with Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), and the Faculty Development (FD) program as part of the “Collective” to support faculty excellence and engaging learning experiences.
    • PARTNER with faculty to provide classroom instruction.
  4. Inquiry and Reflective Practice​
    We value and acknowledge that the fluency of technology and pedagogy requires practical experiences with tools and instructional design approaches, along with reflective examination of their usage and value. We foster inquiry and encourage dialogue about diverse learning models. Therefore, we: 
    • DEVELOP our expertise through participation in ongoing professional development opportunities. 
    • COMMUNICATE the knowledge, expertise, and experience of CAT staff through social media and newsletters. 
    • EVALUATE the potential benefits and limitations of emerging technology and pedagogy. 
    • CONTRIBUTE to the scholarly dialogue in the fields of academic technology and instructional design through publications and presentations. 
    • ADVOCATE for implementation of best practices.
    • GUIDE reflective assessment for continuous improvement.
    • FOSTER space for dialogue across disciplines, departments, and programs.
Staff

CAT consists of the Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) and Instructional Designer teams.  Academic Technology Specialists have the ability to consult on the major Butler University academic systems, each ATS has an area of specialty.  Instructional Designers have expertise in all matters of course design, assessment, and online learning.  Learn more about our staff by visiting the biography pages linked below.

Partners

See the CAT Partners page for more detailed information about CAT's strategic partners. Partners include:

Space
CAT Learning Lounge photo

Located on the third floor of Irwin Library, CAT has several spaces to meet individual and group consultation needs. The CAT Learning Lounge (pictured), our large group meeting and consultation space, contains an AirDawg monitor ideal for collaboration. The Exploration Station is ideal for one-on-one consultations to explore new technologies or refresh old skills. The CAT Huddle Space is a semi-private conference room ideal for small groups and video conferencing. Finally, CAT recently designed and opened the Lightboard Studio, located in the basement of Irwin Library, and actively supports faculty in the use of this innovative technology.

Thomas Janke
Director
Center for Academic Technology

Thomas Janke serves as Director for the Center for Academic Technology at Butler University in Indianapolis. Formerly, he served as Assistant Director for the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUICenter for Teaching and Learning. He was raised in Houston, Texas, and completed undergraduate studies in Marketing and Music at Texas Tech University (1993). He earned his Master's of Science degree in Music Technology from IUPUI (1999). 

Allison Chatterjee
Instructional Designer
Center for Academic Technology

Allison received her PhD in Anatomy Education from Purdue University with a large portion of her training focused on curriculum development, instructional design, psychometrics, and adult learning theories. She is a complete assessment geek and truly enjoy rubrics, item analysis, and mapping to student learning outcomes.   

In her prior position as Assessment and Data Coordinator in the Leighton School of Nursing at Marian University, she advised and assisted faculty members in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to create and administer a combination of online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses. And before that, she was a founding faculty member of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), where she helped build the integrated systems-based curriculum, designed and developed the virtual microscopy component of the curriculum, and taught both gross anatomy and histology to the medical students.  

In her spare time, she spends time with her cats; she is an avid reader of sci-fi/fantasy novels; and she makes costume fairy wings.

Maleigha Fuentes
Administrative Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Maleigha Fuentes serves as the Administrative Specialist for the Center for Academic Technology at Butler University. She joined Butler in 2016 with University Advancement, Advancement Services. Prior to Butler, Maleigha was the Front Office Coordinator for the Center for Advising and Student Achievement at the University of Indianapolis. 

Maleigha enjoys writing creatively and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies.

Megan Grady
Academic Technology Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Megan's background includes an AS in Broadcast Production from Vincennes University, a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from IU Bloomington, and an MA in English from Butler University. She has worked in higher education for the last fifteen years—first as an English instructor, later as an administrator in advising and registration, and now as an academic technology specialist and co-supervisor of the Information Commons program. Prior to commencing work at Butler, she spent five years focused on delivery of quality academic programs delivered in face-to-face, online, and blended modalities, with responsibilities in faculty development.

Mary Hinds
Senior Instructional Designer
Center for Academic Technology

Mary received her graduate degree in Instructional Systems Technology with a cognate in Gerontology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Since then she continues to enjoy  working in academic, corporate and not-for-profit environments.

She has designed and conducted public and corporate seminars in the U.S., Europe, and the Pacific Rim including topics such as Front End Analysis, Instructor Skills, Task Analysis, Curriculum Design, Conducting Productive Meetings, Conflict Management, and Facilitation Skills. She’s taught graduate courses in Instructional Writing, Introduction to Instructional Design, and Graphic Design. She has designed and developed courses for classroom, online, web-enhanced, and blended delivery formats for multiple degree programs and schools, including Strategic Management, Business Ethics, Advanced Composition, and US History.

Mary created and grew a performance improvement and training company to 13 employees with vendor-supplemented relationships serving customers for twenty years within the pharmaceutical, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, restaurant, and publishing industries, as well as museums, arts organizations, and government agencies.

Some of her favorite projects included managing, co-designing, and developing the first Indiana corporate-based certification training and testing program for hazardous waste incinerator operators, meeting EPA and IDEM regulatory requirements; and managing, co-designing and co-facilitating a five-day global leadership/management program, taught quarterly for a Fortune 500 client.

Mary loves assessment of all types. In higher education she enjoys working with faculty to map learning outcomes from the course through curriculum and program/college alignment. With not-for–profits, she likes conducting capacity planning assessments to examine processes and improve outcomes for marketing, personnel, volunteer development and retention, financial planning, fundraising, program development, public relations, and facilities planning.

In her previous life she was also a newspaper reporter and a graphic artist, and currently serves as board officer for two not-for-profit organizations. To relax she enjoys working around her family's farm.

Evan Kinch
Academic Technology Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Evan serves as an Academic Technology Specialist for the Center for Academic Technology. He primarily serves as the ATS for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He graduated from Ball State University in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in education. Before joining Butler University, Evan worked at Ivy Tech Community College supporting students, faculty and staff with academic technology. 

Kristen Palmer
Academic Technology Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Kristen (Allen) Palmer serves as an Academic Technology Specialist for the Center for Academic Technology at Butler University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Butler University (2012) in Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education with minors in Business Administration and Business Law. Prior to Butler, she spent time in the Middle East volunteering with a church and teaching English, followed by three years working in client service at a local Indianapolis wealth management firm. Kristen's education and training experiences include leading or teaching middle/secondary learners in a traditional classroom, corporate trainings with adult learners, English-language learners in non-profit settings, and one-on-one discipleship and small groups in faith communities.

Nick Wilson
Academic Technology Specialist
Center for Academic Technology

Nick Wilson primarily serves as the learning management system (Canvas) specialist with secondary responsibilities of supporting Faculty180 and other academic technologies. Nick formerly served as the Computing Services Coordinator in Washington Township Schools where he was one of the Canvas administrators as well as the Google Domain Administrator. He holds a BA in Electronic Media from Butler and a MS in Curriculum and Educational Technology from Ball State.