Teaching, Learning, and Technology Research and Assessment

Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) partners with OSU programs in order to design and implement uses of technology and multimedia for specific educational objectives. Instructors are encouranged to contact the specialists at TAC for help with classroom technologies, Blackboard, other instructional technologies, and social and immersive media.

Visit our people of TAC page to learn more about us, some of our interests, and contact information. All members of the TAC team seek innovative uses of technology to aid learners and teachers. We welcome suggestions about such innovations from faculty, staff, and students.

Come visit us in Waldo Hall!

Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) resides in the southwest corner of the third floor of Waldo Hall in rooms 315-320B, marked in orange in the image below. Not sure where Waldo Hall is? It's south of the MU parking lot and north of Goss Stadium. The OSU campus map can you help out.

Map of Waldo Hall

Faculty Collaboration Zone

Need to get out of your office? Want a space to read, relax, write, or meet with colleagues? TAC and CTL offer The Zone, an informal space for all who teach. Equipped with a smartboard, white- board, computers, Skype, and a conference phone, The Zone is a high comfort work space. Bring your own devices and plug in. The space is comfortable and it is yours. 320B Waldo Hall 8am-5pm M-F Drop-in only; no scheduling. The Zone opened in November 2012. Contact TAC for information.

 

Quick Steps Newsletter

Every year, TAC produces a newsletter called "TAC Quick Steps" to inform faculty of instructional technology changes and highlight some new or existing services that TAC offers.

Download the 2013 newsletter.

TAC Quick Steps Fall 2013

In this edition: New TurningPoint Clicker Features, Blackboard Upgrades, Google Apps, The Zone

View an archive of all past TAC Quick Steps newsletters here.

Blackboard for Instructors

Please do not invest much time puzzling over technology puzzles. If the solution does not come clear within 20 minutes, contact your support resources for help. Use the time you save for improved teaching and research!

Help from TAC

Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) has GEMs and Quicksteps for many Blackboard topics, and our Workshop Calendar is available on this website as well. Write to us for help at TAC @ oregonstate.edu or give us a call at 541-737-3811. We're glad to help!

TAC also developed Blackboard Essentials, which is part of the New Educator Orientation delivered by TAC.

Other Help Resources

A full list of help resources is available on the informational Blackboard page provided by Information Services.

Social & Immersive Technologies

Social Media Development

Please access the TAC Calendar for training opportunities in social media.  The TAC team is also available for consulting on how to enhance your reach using social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. 

Immersive Media, Second Life, and Beaver Island

Immersive media allow the user to experience a virtual, 3D representation of either an imaginary or actual environment. Second Life is an immersive platform that allows users to explore, interact with each other, communicate, trade, and create space within the world.

Oregon State University's plot of virtual reality called Beaver Island is designed to support educational projects and institutional values. Some of the experiences you will find on Beaver Island include:

  • Cultural centers
  • Disability simulation and information
  • Residence hall samples
  • TAC educational resources
  • Media Services information and lab
  • Experimental classrooms
  • Memorial Union (MU)

For more information, please access TAC's informational site on Beaver Island.