CAT Student EdTech Partners Program

What is the CAT Student EdTech Partners Program?

The CAT Student EdTech Partners is a program comprised of high achieving technically-savy students who are trained and work under the supervision of a Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) faculty developer to help you with the identification and use of technology in your face-to-face and online class from the student perspective. 

Beside helping you with the use of technology in your class, your Student EdTech Partner will connect you with a CAT Faculty Developer for professional development and learning opportunities, resources for course development, assessment for the redesign of an existing course, or advice on how best teaching practices can be implemented in your course.

The program is open to interested faculty and teaching assistants for the fall and spring semesters only.

What can an EdTech Partner do for me?

An EdTech Partner will work with you to match the right technology to your teaching goals, offer one-on-one help on effectively implementing technology into your course, and help you learn more about the student perspective on teaching with technology.  In addition, your Partner will connect you with a CAT faculty developer if you are seeking professional development opportunities or if you need advice on how to implement best teaching practices in your classes.  Our Partners will meet you in your office or at the Instructional Technology Lab located in Room 110 at the Tech Center.  

Our EdTech Partners will assist you with a variety of topics such as:

  • using social media
  • identifying and implementing Blackboard features to manage your course and inspire student engagement
  • adding mobile applications into your class
  • setting up online office hours
  • idenifying and using tools to record online lectures
  • researching the technology tools to implement in your class
  • implementing your ideas
  • connecting you with a faculty developer for professional and course development resources
  • and much more!
What tasks and activities are not supported by an EDTech Partner?

EdTech Partners will not perform the following tasks:

  • Tasks normally done by departmental technology support staff and classroom technology support staff.
  • Software and hardware installations
  • Hardware repairs
  • Troubleshooting software and network problems
  • Data entry
  • Access your Blackboard Grade Center that displays your student grades (Undergraduate Teaching with Technology Fellows are instructors in their own Blackboard courses giving them the opportunity to show you how to use a Blackboard Grade Center
  • Serve in the role of teaching assistant, instructor, or step in as a substitute teacher for your class
  • Provide in-depth/urgent support of Temple educational software such as Blackboard or WebEx (for these instances, the Undergradute Teaching with Technology Fellow will leverage the Center for the Advancement of Teaching's Instructional Technology team on your behalf)
How can I obtain an EdTech Partner?

If you're interested in participating in the EdTech Partner's program and obtaining a student partner, applications are now open for the  Fall 2017 program.

For the fall program, please complete the online application by June 1, 2017. If you are selected, you will have the opportunity to schedule appointments to work with an Ed Tech Partner who will help you make better use of technology within your classes. Please note that the sessions are only available at Main Campus and only during the semester.

How can I schedule an appointment to meet with an EdTech Partner?

Faculty and Teaching Assistants who have been formally admitted to the EdTech Partner's ProgramTechnology can schedule an appointment to meet with an EdTech Partner using our Online Scheduler.

If you are a faculty member or TA who is not affiliated with the program, staff at the Instructional Technology Lab are available to assist you with your teaching with technology needs.  Please contact them at 215-204-8761.

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