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Center for Academic Technology

Academic Technology Services

CAT offers the following Academic Technology services:

Consultations

CAT staff frequently consult with faculty and academic staff on Butler’s academic systems such as Canvas, Panopto, WordPress, Zoom, Google Apps, and Poll Everywhere. Consultation support is also available for, but not limited to, projects involving online instructional videos, the creation of accessible course materials, and technology-driven assessments.

Scheduling Consultations

Consultations are free of charge and can be scheduled by:

CAT's hours of operation are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. We highly recommend scheduling an appointment. Appointments outside of normal hours may be made by arrangement. Our Academic Technology Specialists work daily with ongoing projects which makes scheduling consultations necessary. Considering their time will also ensure you receive uninterrupted attention during your appointment.

For IT emergencies, contact the IT Help Desk at ask.butler.edu or 317-940-4357. Note: the Help Desk aims to provide excellent service to each and every user. This can cause hold times on the phone to be lengthy. Utilizing self-service at ask.butler.edu for non-urgent requests and issues will prevent users from having to wait on the phone.

Collaborative Projects

CAT staff are eager to work with faculty and academic staff on projects that impact student learning through incorporation of technology. One such example is the Lightboard project. CAT was awarded an Innovation Fund grant and a donation from alumni, Marjorie Rork  '53, to outfit the Marjorie Rork Lightboard Studio that faculty and academic staff can use to create engaging online video instructional experiences. Learn more about lightboard technology and how it can impact learners.  Faculty and academic staff interested in partnering with CAT to explore innovative uses of academic technology should contact CAT by calling 317-940-8575 or by sending an email to cat@butler.edu

Another ongoing collaborative project involves the GHS 210 Freedom in Movement course. ATS Megan Grady involvement began in 2017 when the new course was launched; Grady's interest and emphasis in digital humanities (DH) tools provided a catalyst for student projects using DH tools. Grady continues to consult with GHS 210 faculty and students each semester.

CAT is also happy to facilitate collaborations between faculty and students. Take, for example, the reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) work student employee Tatum Turner did for Professor Lynne Kvapil in the summer of 2019. RTI, explained simply, is an imaging technique used to preserve surface details of objects in ways standard photographs can’t. The technique is widely used by archaeologists like Kvapil who need to capture hyper-realistic surrogates of artifacts encountered in the field for further and enhanced study at home. However, the process is tricky and takes time to perfect, time not often enjoyed by busy professors planning a research trip to Greece. Enter Tatum, whose enthusiasm for archaeology and technology made her the obvious choice to help Kvapil. And help she did, devoting a good part of her summer to testing RTI workflows and translating her efforts into documentation that Kvapil later referred to in the field. In the words of Kvapil: “Tatum is the RTI expert here! She is the one who has really figured out how it works and is teaching me!”

Classroom Instruction

For class projects involving academic technology, CAT staff are available to lead introductory or on-going workshops directed to students. Common instruction topics include:

  • Podcasting
  • Infographics
  • ePortfolios
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Online Presentations (Panopto)

For example, for the past several years, associate professor Mike Dahlie has asked students in his FYS class, Regarding the Pain of Others, to write and produce podcasts. Mike assigns podcasts, in part, because he finds them a useful avenue for teaching writing concepts. Effective narrative podcasts include clear introductions, logical and evidence-based conclusions, and creative transitions. Students identify these elements quickly when they hear them out loud, and they successfully employ them when recording podcasts of their own. By asking students to reflect on and apply narrative structures associated with podcasting, Mike hopes to help them organize their thoughts more skillfully, in ways favorable to their overall writing abilities.

To schedule a live instruction session for your students, complete the Workshop Request form. 

Support for Physical Spaces

CAT supports the use of two physical spaces, the Lightboard Studio and the Sound Booth. The intented use for both spaces is the production and dissemination of educational content. For information on usage policies, consultation support, hours, and more visit the Lightboard and Sound Booth pages.

Information Commons

Information Commons is a student employee partnership between Butler University Libraries and the Center for Academic Technology that promotes interactive dialogue and inquiry. Trained in research, circulation, and academic technology, student employees in the program provide assistance and instruction to the Butler community.

Services

Information Commons student employees undergo extensive training in circulation procedures, research skills, and academic technology skills. They are happy to offer the services listed below at either of our two service locations, by appointment, or via phone/email/live chat.

  • Assist with circulation of books and equipment (at the Irwin Library desk and in the Center for Academic Technology)
  • Help locate library items within the catalog or on the shelves
  • Answer research or technology questions in person and via phone/email/chat
  • Partner with individuals, classes, or organizations to offer specific training or instruction
  • Offer instruction and troubleshooting for Butler-supported academic tools, including Panopto, Canvas, Zoom, Recording & Editing Media, and more.

For more information about the program, view the Information Commons page.