The Center for Academic Technology (CAT) champions Learning through the effective use of educational technology by collaborating with the Butler community to foster 21st-century skills and to nurture innovation. In particular, we support student learning by working with faculty and academic staff to promote thoughtful and effective use of academic technology. CAT is housed on the third floor of Irwin Library and is a division of Academic Affairs.
The four core values of CAT are:
- The Facilitation of Effective Integration of Technology
- The Balance of Sustainability and Innovation
- The Strength of Collaboration and Partnerships
- The Appreciation of Inquiry and Reflective Practice
See the CAT Core Values document that expands on these four ideas.
CAT consists of five staff members who are experts in academic technology. While all Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) staff have the ability to consult on the major Butler University academic systems, each ATS has an area of specialty. 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
- Office of Academic Program Development and Innovation
- Butler Information Technology (IT)
- Student Disability Services (SDS)
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.