Access the services, equipment, and training for a quality multimedia classroom.

Academic and Research Programming Services

Academic Research Programming Services provides support for research and education projects. Programmers develop software applications and websites to enhance teaching and learning on campus. The service also offers recharge programming to the UC Davis Health System.

Academic Course Evaluations

Academic Course Evaluation (ACE) makes course evaluations easier for the students as well as reduces the effort needed get accurate course evaluation data. Ace also significantly reduces the amount of time before evaluation information is available to faculty and staff.

Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter can be used to create presentations from within PowerPoint, such as short videos that explain difficult scientific theories and concepts. The videos can then be made available to students via the web, and students can view them online without having to own a copy of PowerPoint. This software also allows delivery of materials without infringing on copyrights.

ARTstor

Programming support for ARTstor, in conjunction with the University Library.

ARTStor is a library of digital images, associated information, and software tools designed to enhance teaching, learning and scholarship. It contains a searchable database of hundreds of thousands of digital images.

AV Equipment Installation and Support

The AV Equipment Installation and Support team consults with faculty to configure instructional media equipment. They can also propose systems and designs for classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms, and other campus facilities. Qualified technical staff can install and upgrade state-of-the-art media systems.

Classroom Hotline

Provides fast technical support for faculty having difficulty with any media equipment or service in general assignment classrooms.

The hotline dispatches a team member to the classroom within minutes, getting the lecture back on track with minimal disruption.

 

Classroom Laser Pointers

Faculty can use these wireless, remote-control pointers for their classroom presentations.

Classroom Media Training

Provides instructors with knowledge and experience to supervise hands-on learning in a technology setting.

Training is scheduled, or can be arranged by request. They can be group or individual sessions

Classroom Recording

Classroom recording allows faculty to easily record their lectures for later review by students on the web or in media labs. Instructors may also use these lectures to develop online materials.

Clickers (personal response systems)

Clickers, or personal response systems, resemble handheld remote-control devices. They collect electronic answers from students, and the results help instructors assess individual student responses during large lectures. During class, students use wireless clicker remotes to answer questions from the instructor. The digital feedback is then transmitted to a receiver on the instructor's laptop, where response data is immediately compiled for the instructor's review. The model used on campus is the i>clicker.

Course Content Delivery / Online Presentation

Academic Technology Services uses Adobe Presenter to synchronize video, audio, and PowerPoint slides to create learning modules that are searchable (on the PowerPoint text) and include the ability to offer text files of the audio. Sample uses range from a single event, such as a guest speaker's presentation that the university would like to capture, to putting course lectures online.

Development of Online and Hybrid Courses

The Instructional Designer program supports UC Davis' involvement in the Online Instruction Pilot Program (OIPP). The group uses applications like Adobe Presenter, Articulate, and Soft Chalk to develop online and hybrid courses.

An instructional designer works one-on-one with faculty to align technology with pedagogical goals.

ETRA (Education Technology and Resource Awards)

Education Technology Resource Awards (ETRA) help faculty cover technology labor costs accumulated for instructional purposes.

Grants are awarded on an application basis.

Faculty Support and Training

The Faculty Support Group provides training to faculty on navigating the campus Learning Management System (LMS), developing online courses, using applications, and employing other technology tools.

iTunesU

iTunesU is a course manager that consolidates all course content—audio, e-books, handouts, and presentations—into one application. The app is hosted on the Internet, and configured to accommodate iPads, Macs, and PCs with Safari.

Digital audio files can be podcast via three mechanisms: The campus podcasting service, which offers subscriptions; iTunesU, which is intended primarily for public use, but can also be used for instruction; and SmartSite, which allows faculty to associate podcasts with their course content.

 

Media Cabinets

Media cabinets allow faculty to project videos, presentations, and the web from their laptops onto large screens in lecture halls.

Modeling & Animation

Animation and modeling services include 2D and 3D animation using applications like Flash, After Effects, and 3D modeling with polygons and NURBS using Maya and ZBrush. Animation capabilities include traditional keyframe animation and texture mapping as well as procedural animation and dynamics

Podcasting

Allows instructors and campus-affiliated organizations to record lectures, using digital audio recording equipment installed in lecture halls, or portable digital recorders.

 

SmartSite

SmartSite helps instructors organize course material (PowerPoint, podcasts, hyperlinks, etc.) into course sites.  It also features built-in tools such as the GradeBook, chat rooms, and collaborative wikis.

UC Davis is moving to a new learning management system, UC Davis Canvas, during the 2016-17 academic year. SmartSite will be available for teaching through the 2017 spring term only.

Specialized Programming for Instruction

The Academic & Research Programming group offers recharge programming services to campus and health system clients for projects that are well aligned with ATS' core academic mission. In other words, we provide programming support to projects with pedagogical or research components.

Specialized Programming for Instruction fulfills programming needs for learning simulations or modules. Scripting support covers Action script, CF, Java, Javascript, PHP, and more.

UC Davis Canvas

UC Davis has chosen Canvas by Instructure as the new campuswide learning management system (LMS).

The service, called UC Davis Canvas, will replace SmartSite starting in fall quarter 2016. SmartSite will remain available until spring 2017 to allow multiple opportunities for individuals to move to the new LMS. IET will work with the campus to manage the transition.

Videoconferencing and Distance Learning

Video Conferencing allows face-to-face communication anywhere in the world.

Distance Learning allows courses taught on campus to be delivered locally, nationally, or internationally, to larger, more diverse audiences. Simultaneous broadcasts link classrooms without regard to location and may be interactive or tape-delivered for a later rebroadcast.