Academic Technology

Academic Technology

Academic Technology enriches our academic ecosystem and supports the student experience

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Our Service Units

Central Web Services

Central Web Services

Central Web Services (CWS) creates and hosts Drupal and WordPress web sites.

Classroom Technology Services

Classroom Technology Services

Classroom Technology Services provides instructional and presentation technology for classrooms, conference facilities and special events.

Faculty Development (TAC)

Faculty Development (TAC)

Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) supports the OSU teaching and learning community in the uses of educational technology through research, development, training, support, and assessment.

Media Services

Media Services

Media Services produces media and instructional products for media networks, web applications, DVD distribution and television. Staff also support videoconferencing, broadcasting and streaming infrastructure.

Student Multimedia Services

Student Multimedia Services

Student Multimedia Services (SMS) is a student-run, multimedia laboratory for OSU students. It provides multimedia facilities, equipment and technical support for students and faculty including equipment loan, poster printing, multimedia support and video editing.

About Academic Technology

Information Services (IS) seeks to create a technology ecosystem at OSU that enables scholarship and learning, as well and an environment in which innovation and academic excellence thrives. The IS strategic plan envisions a robust, scalable, and adaptable IT ecosystem that:

  • Gives access to a rich array of media and applications, anytime and anywhere
  • Enables big data that's actionable and true, and allows users to share, discuss, and remix information using any device
  • Shifts the innovation curve for technology even as we lower our costs and risks

As a core unit in IS, Academic Technology's mission is to enrich OSU's academic ecosystem, enable innovative pedagogy and information sharing through effective use of technology, and enhance the student experience.

We attain our mission through:

  • Leadership in understanding and applying instructional and communication technology trends and innovations
  • Investing in products and services that align and integrate with the goals and needs of OSU students and faculty
  • Maximizing the University's investments through user support, training and resource maintenance

Guiding Principles of Academic Technology

  • Collaboration – We strive to build long-term relationships that improve services and gain efficiencies.
  • Client focused – We provide one-to-one support and consultation in all our core functions.
  • Campus focused – We accept our responsibility as a central service and consider campus-wide needs and long-term benefits in all activities and investments.
  • Outcome focused – We consider careful planning and broad input as key in designing applications and services, and we consider assessment and evaluation as components in ongoing support.
  • Transparent technology – We understand technologies as tools to advance and improve communication, learning and outreach.  We remain focused on the human activities when advancing technology.
  • Innovative - We take pride in our collaborative approach in fostering and growing innovative uses of technology to meet campus needs and solve problems.

Learning Innovation Center (LInC)

Welcome to LInC, Oregon State University's Learning Innovation Center. LInC and its landscape quad define a new precinct on OSU's historic Olmsted campus.

Opened in Fall 2015, OSU's newest classroom building is a four-story, technology-rich learning environment, hosting over 2,300 general purpose classroom seats in 14 unique state-of-the-art classrooms including arena- and parliament-style classrooms, a variety collaborative learning environments, and 640 seats of informal learning space distributed around the building.

The architects were challenged to produce big lecture halls that could create learning outcomes like smaller and more intimate classrooms. To pull this off, they had to work closely with the instructors to imagine an experience that hadn't been seen before. This inquisitive process enabled the architects to design for the ways in which learning takes place. The key is to create the most engaging interaction possible between the instructors and the students. Proximity is crucial, yet in most large lecture halls students sit far away from the instructor. The architects also learned that providing informal study and break-out spaces is critical.

By flipping the traditional academic building design and wrapping generous hallways with informal study areas around the perimeter, the congestion of student flow between classes was eased while creating comfortable pockets and nodes that encourage learning to continue outside the classroom.

Both the 600-seat and 300-seat arena classrooms utilize "teaching in the round" to bring students as close to the instructors as possible. Configured to adapt to emerging technology, and ringed with continuous screens, every seat in the classroom is a good seat. The 185-seat Parliament classroom is configured for debate and conversation, an idea we took from the British Parliament. The Learning Studios are designed for students working in groups to accommodate different pedagogies.

The building is home to the University Honors College (UHC) and the Integrated Learning Resource Center (ILRC) which co-locates the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technology, including Classroom Technology Services, Media Services, and Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC), creating a dynamic teaching and learning support center for OSU faculty and students.

LInC in the News

 

The TEDification of the Large Lecture

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Corinne Ruff | May 10, 2016
Oregon State University is among colleges that are redesigning arena classrooms and bringing higher production values to how they use them, to help keep students engaged.

NWCB 2016 Outstanding Projects

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

| April 29, 2016
From the outside, this fourstory, $65 million brick building looks like most campus buildings, but according to Michael Tingley of Boora Architects, "This is the most unique and sophisticated lecture hall in any university in the world."

Designing for the Active Classroom

LD+A

Andrea Wilkerson, Amy Donohue & Bob Davis | February 2015
As teaching methods change in higher education, the architectural and lighting approaches for learning spaces should follow suit. Oregon State University provides examples.

OSU opens high-tech classroom building

Corvallis Gazette-Times

James Day | September 22, 2015
Oregon State University unveiled a gleaming new $65 million classroom building Tuesday to the oohs and aahs of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

It’s one smart building

Oregon Stater

Kevin Miller | Winter 2015
Back behind the Women’s Building and north of shiny new Austin Hall, a showcase of Oregon State’s commitment to help lead the way to more effective teaching is taking shape.

 

Construction Time Lapse

 

 


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