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Peer EvaluationInside AT: The Web-Series

"Inside AT: The Web-Series" is published monthly by Academic Technologies (AT). Each "webisode" features faculty, staff, students, and invited guests who share their expertise and experiences with using technology for research, teaching and learning at UTEP. This is a student-driven production of videographers, graphic designers, and script-writers who are learning their craft, while developing their professional portfolios as staff within AT.

Ross OpticalRoss Optical Calculator App

Creative Studios created this mobile application for Ross Optical Industries. Ross Optical is a top-ranking supplier for major OEMs in medical devices, automation, and other industries—from custom optics and assemblies, to design, fabrication, coating, and clean room assembly. They offer hard to find, specialty optics—your niche is their standard. For more information, please visit their website at This app is available for both iOS and Android devices and tablets.


Game-based teaching and learning is an emerging instructional design and pedagogical approach that is an engaging and viable way to reach the various knowledge types found in higher education. We are creating gaming interactions scaled to class and teaching necessity.

facultysenateMonuments of Rome in English Culture: A NEH Summer Institute

This is a four-week experience for twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars in K-12 education, who are interested in making connections between their disciplines and the humanities, classics, history, and social sciences. It will take place in Rome, Italy, and is sponsored by The University of Texas at El Paso and Dr. Ron Weber through a National Endowment of the Humanities grant. Academic Technologies created the website for this Institute.

WebdesignThumbWebsite Design, Programming, Security and Analytics

AT implements the latest web technologies to create websites using current and emerging LMS and CMS technologies such as Joomla, WordPress, and Drupal. We can build custom applications including databases and reporting tools, emphasizing user-friendly interfaces. Staff can provide consulting for server management and configuration for online projects using WAMP, LAMP, MAMP, and WIMP. We have produced high-quality institutional and grant-funded websites that inform, market, and interact with users in a secure environment—all within your budget. This has included websites for Extended University, Military Student Success Center and Professional and Public Programs.

SocratesUTEP Socrates: A Student Response System

Academic Technologies, in collaboration with Dr. James Salvador Chemistry, have created a FREE student response system for UTEP that rivals Clickers, Top Hat and other paid tools. Use it for taking attendance, creating spontaneous polls, and perhaps most beneficial, students can use any device they have (laptops, tablets and phones) to participate in class discussions.

DataModulesThumbData Modules

The overall purpose of these modules is to present statistical tools and information so that educators are able to make informed decisions utilizing readily available data. The modules include references to data that educators have to utilize frequently to make decisions such as student demographic information and results of high school or college entrance exams.

Mesteres2015 Conference on the Mester de Clerecia

The term “mester de clerecía” was first used in modern academic discourse in 1865 when the Spanish scholar Manuel Milà i Fontanals pronounced it in an academic address. The phrase entered common usage in the study of medieval Spanish literature, but came to be questioned in the 1960s and 1970s. Much exciting scholarship has been done in the field, both before and after the controversies over the name used to distinguish it. “The Cleric’s Craft: Crossroads of Medieval Spanish Literature and Modern Critique” conference will be convened at the University of Texas at El Paso in late October of 2015 to reassess this literature and its study, as well as to chart new directions for the field.  Academic Technologies created the website for this conference.

Peer EvaluationPeer Evaluation Tool for Teaching Online Courses

Academic Technologies (AT) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL) at UTEP have created this peer observation evaluation form for online teaching. Peer observation can significantly contribute to the improvement process above and beyond student evaluations of teaching because faculty peers are aware of the departmental teaching mission, the program learning outcomes, and the structure of the curriculum. This is inherently valuable in supporting teaching excellence, providing documentation in faculty promotion and tenure (and teaching award) dossiers, and implementing UTEP’s policy for all academic departments and programs to have a plan for regular peer observation of teaching by faculty.


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