The instructional technology division of eTech supports those faculty and instructors who wish to incorporate technology into their teaching and research. eTech provides one-on-one meetings, department presentations, and workshops for faculty and staff. The Teaching Hub, a website created and maintained by eTech and the A&S Faculty Technology Liaison, provides a great collection of teaching resources, tips, and advice from various faculty and entities at UA. Ongoing professional development for staff is also encouraged and incentivized through the A&S STAR system. A comprehensive explanation of the STAR program can be found at https://star.as.ua.edu/.
The A&S faculty technology liaison is a special appointment with a faculty member who dedicates his/her service time to eTech and his/her research and teaching time to the academic department. The faculty technology liaison meets with faculty to discuss the implementation of instructional technology and pedagogy with respect to both on-site and online courses. The liaison also works with eTech to research and implement new technologies related to teaching and with eTech, faculty, and the dean’s office to add new content to the Teaching Hub.
eTech works cooperatively with the Center for Instructional Technology, which assists faculty with enterprise tools, such as Tegrity, Turning Technologies clickers, Turnitin, Blackboard, and UA Box. Please see the CIT website for more information on their workshops and other support: cit.ua.edu. For a list of eTech and CIT contacts, see Section 6.0.
Faculty can attend a number of workshops and sessions that provide overviews of the most commonly used technology and software in the College, iPad setup, and active learning. Faculty are welcome to attend these sessions over the years as a refresher and they can schedule appointments with eTech for one-on-one sessions. Faculty can find lists of current workshops on the Teaching Hub (teachinghub.as.ua.edu), on the CIT website (cit.ua.edu), and on the University Libraries website (lib.ua.edu/ – /home).
The Active Learning mentors are a group of faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences who work with the dean’s office and eTech to conduct a multi-session workshop in the spring semester in which they teach other faculty how to document learning outcomes achievements using technology tools. Information regarding learning initiatives and other resources may be found at as.ua.edu/facultystaff-resources.