• TACC and IMS Merge - Historical Article (January 20, 2012)

This article is harvested from now deleted web pages and is published primarily as an historical document showing the emergence of today's Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT) department. Individuals and committees mentioned in the article, as well as other information, should be considered mostly out-of-date...but a fun read! Current information about TLT is found on our website:

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Begin Original Article dated February 28, 2012

In an effort to better support the faculty and students using technology to improve teaching and learning at the University of Utah, the Technology Assisted Curriculum Center (TACC) and Instructional Media Services (IMS) have been combined to provide a unified strategic direction in the evolving teaching technology landscape. “Our goal is to provide a single place where faculty and students can go for help across the class technologies spectrum. They can contact one group with specialists in classroom AV equipment, media support, the Canvas web course environment, and other teaching tools to extend the classroom,” says Cory Stokes, who directs the combined departments.

Recognizing that instructional technologies straddle the information technology and academic areas of the university, Chuck Wight, Dean of the Graduate School, and Eric Denna, CIO, will collaboratively provide oversight and a unified strategic vision from academic leadership and UIT: University Information Technology.

TACC will remain housed in the Marriott Library and will continue coordinating closely with Joyce Ogburn, Dean of the Library, to provide complimentary services. In addition, committees such as the Faculty Senate Committee for Technology Enhanced Curriculum (CTEC) and the eClassroom Advisory Committee will continue their advisory roles on initiatives such as the popular online and hybrid course development grants and eClassroom funding requests. “With more than 11,000 semester enrollments in online courses and a growing interest in hybrid courses at the University, now is the perfect time to enhance learning technology support in our physical and virtual classrooms,” says Dean Wight.

Throughout Spring semester 2012, patrons should continue calling the IMS service desk (801-581-6112) for classroom equipment and audiovisual needs and the TACC service desk (801-585-5959) for help with Canvas and related online class tools. In the coming weeks the support staff will receive cross-training so the service desks can be combined by Fall semester 2012. The respective websites for TACC and IMS, including online resources and tutorials for the supported services, will merge in order to offer one place for timely, accurate information. 

Effective January 20, 2012, Helen Lacy, IMS Director, and all current TACC /IMS managers and staff report through Cory Stokes, Executive Director of the combined unit. Questions regarding this announcement should be routed to him.

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