The Office of Information Technologys OITs Learning Technologies Team Gears Up for the Start of the Fall Semester

{August} {19}, {2016}

by Nicole Duff at 8:30 AM in Campus CommunityEventsInterrestingStudent Info

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As the fall semester approaches, the UTSA Office of Information Technology's (OIT's) Learning Technologies team is preparing to help new and current students and faculty usher in the new semester. Currently, the team is gearing up to provide on-site technical support during UTSA Roadrunner Days, slated for August 19th - 28th on the Main and Downtown Campuses.

The Learning Technologies team plays an integral role in supporting the university's annual Roadrunner Days event. This week of welcome offers new 'Runners a glimpse of the UTSA campus experience, while welcoming current ones back to school.

"We've been providing support for these events in different capacities for over 10 years," said Joe Tobares, director of Learning Technologies. "Each year it has gotten bigger and bigger. As the university strives for tier one status, there are more events occurring on campus during regular hours and even after hours."

The UTSA Roadrunner Days event provides attendees several opportunities for fun and relaxation prior to the start of the fall semester. To help enhance the Roadrunner Days experience for all attendees, the Learning Technologies team will work diligently behind-the-scenes to provide audio/visual (A/V) services and equipment, such as PA systems, projectors, and screens.

"These are good events that get everyone into the UTSA spirit and prepares them for classes to start." Tobares continued. "It's something we like to assist with because as most of my staff are UTSA alum, we get to participate with incoming students and faculty and staff that are attending these events as well."

In addition, the Learning Technologies team, which also supports classroom spaces on both the Main and Downtown Campuses, has performed classroom upgrades in anticipation of the start of the new academic year. Recently, the team upgraded 46 additional learning spaces on the main campus by switching their equipment from analog to digital. These equipment included document cameras, projectors, control systems, and in some classrooms, podiums.

The provision of A/V support, and updating of classrooms, are just some of the tasks completed by the Learning Technologies team annually before the new academic year in an effort to aid in our faculty's and students' smooth transition to the university.

"It's all about preparation for classes and getting people back in here," Tobares said. "We take care of everything that's audio/visual on campus, with the exception of the UC, who we work closely with."



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