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UTAP

The Undergraduate Technology Apprenticeship Program, or UTAP, is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Studies and pairs undergraduate students trained in instructional technology and pedagogy with faculty members in need of technical assistance.

Benefits
Faculty Participation
Previous UTAP Projects
Student Participation
Course Information
Contacts

Apply NOW! Submit a Faculty or Student Application online.

The Faculty Application deadline is Friday, March 21, 2014.
The Student Application deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014 (deadline extended indefinitely for students interested in French and/or medieval and early modern studies).

Benefits

  • Faculty get support for up to 10 hours per week throughout the spring semester with integrating technology into the teaching and learning process and an opportunity to work closely with an undergraduate student in a mentoring relationship.
  • Students earn 3 credits from the preparatory course, develop technical skills to enhance resumes and educational background, work one-on-one in a mentoring relationship with a faculty member, and earn $8.50 an hour.

Faculty Participation

All faculty and instructors in the College of Arts and Humanities are invited to submit applications for support.  Applications will be forwarded to the appropriate chair or unit leader for approval, and afterward, the College's Committee on New Technologies will review and select the proposals to be supported.  Approximately seven proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Impact on undergraduate education, which can be reflected by either the number of students affected or the unique nature of the project;
  • Inclusion of the UTAP student in the academic process;
  • Potential increase of the faculty member's ability to use instructional technologies.

Proposals can be for projects that last an entire semester or a series of smaller technology-related tasks. Course-related proposals are especially welcome.  Check out previous UTAP project descriptions to see the types of projects UTAP students and faculty have accomplished in the past. 

Submit an online faculty application with your proposal by Friday, March 21, 2014.  Please note:. The next cohort of UTAP students will be available for work in Spring 2015

Student Participation

For students applying to the program, UTAP is a two semester process:

  1. Successful completion of a three credit preparatory course offered in the fall semester;
  2. Working apprenticeship for 5-10 hours per week during the spring semester, assisting a faculty member with projects such as:
  • Web publishing and academic website development
  • Electronic presentations (PowerPoint, Prezi, Camtasia)
  • Digital media (podcasting, streaming, formatting, copyright)
  • Online collaboration (wikis, blogs, discussion board)
  • Course management

Submit an online student application by Friday, May 2, 2014 (deadline extended for students interested in French and/or medieval and early modern studies) for best consideration. 

Course Information

ARHU299T Studies in Humanities Technology:  Tech Apprentice Program is a three-credit seminar taught during the fall semester. UTAP students must complete the course in the fall before being paired with faculty for work in the spring. The course covers a range of software, design issues, organization concepts, and pedagogical strategies that UTAP students will most likely employ when working with a faculty member.

Attendance is mandatory and access to a computer and all software used in the course will be made available outside of the classroom to those who may need it.

Topics include:

  • Faculty support and an overview of pedagogical issues
  • Designing and constructing a website using HTML and Dreamweaver
  • Incorporating and manipulating digital audio, video, and images
  • Presentation design in Microsoft PowerPoint, Camtasia, and Prezi
  • Designing and maintaining ELMS course spaces
  • Common instructional technologies such as wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, podcasts, etc.

In addition to in-class workshops, students complete project assignments such as creating presentations, designing course websites, and building ELMS course spaces. Groups present final projects at the end of the semester.

Contacts

Jennifer Patterson
Taliaferro Hall 0139
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-2886
jlp@umd.edu