Undergraduate Technology Apprenticeship Program (UTAP)
The Undergraduate Technology Apprenticeship Program, or UTAP, is sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 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.
- 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 $8.00 an hour.
All faculty and instructors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 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 five 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.
For students applying to the program, UTAP is a two semester process:
- Successful completion of a three credit preparatory course offered in the fall semester;
- 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 and digital media
- Digital media (podcasting, streaming, YouTube, copyright)
- Online collaboration (wikis, blogs, discussion board)
- Course management
- 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.