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Educational Technology - Faculty

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

Academic & 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.


AggieVideo uses Kaltura, a YouTube-like video management portal that helps faculty upload, manage, host and stream video content.

This service is part of a video initiative created in fall 2014 to offer faculty easier ways to use video in their instruction. The other three parts are services to: easily capture lectures in class (AggieCapture); record and share videos (AggieRelay); and record and create rich content using a new eLearning studio (AggieStudio).

AV Equipment Installation & 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 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 as either 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 & 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.

Education Technology Resource Awards (ETRA)

Education Technology Resource Awards (ETRA) help faculty cover technology labor costs accumulated for instructional purposes. Grants are awarded on an application basis.

Faculty Support & 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.

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


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


UC Davis moved to a new learning management system, UC Davis Canvas, during the 2016-17 academic year.

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. 

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 Canvas, the campuswide learning management system (LMS), is a linchpin of educational technology at UC Davis. Instructors use it to organize and present class materials, assign and view homework, assess submissions, provide grades, and communicate with their students. Students use it to manage their course requirements, find course materials, submit homework, assess their course progress, and communicate with instructors and classmates about course assignments and requirements. The system is flexible.