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.
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.
In CAT, we value:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
See the CAT Partners page for more detailed information about CAT's strategic partners. Partners include:
- Butler Libraries
- Butler Information Technology (IT)
- Faculty Development
- Student Disability Services (SDS)
- Indy Blue Video
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.