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
- Sustainability and Innovation
- Collaboration and Partnerships
- Inquiry and Reflective Practice
Read more about how we live and work out these values.
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.
In Fall 2021, CAT instituted a new Advisory Board consisting of faculty and staff across Butler's campus. Read more about the Advisory Board.
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.