Spotlight on Information Technology
Tech Teams August 1, 2014
Tech Teams is an initiative administered by Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) to evaluate emerging technologies. Teams are comprised of interested individuals from all over the university. At the conclusion of their rapid evaluation, team members publish their experiences and opinions on the Tech Teams blog.
The inaugural projects have included the Beam TelePresence Robot, a mobile video conferencing device mounted on a robotic base, allowing the host complete immersion in a remote location, driving around in the environment and interacting with participants; Google Glass, which are worn like a pair of glasses and let the wearer capture images or video, and view, record, or respond to information; and Lecture Tools, a web-based learning environment and student response system that increases engagement and participation in the classroom and gives students study tools for use outside of class.
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The mission of Virginia Tech's Information Technology organization (IT) is to serve the university community and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia by applying and integrating information resources to:
- Enhance and support instruction, teaching and learning;
- Participate in, support and enhance research;
- Foster outreach, develop partnerships with communities and promote the capabilities of advanced networking and communications;
- Provide, secure, and maintain systems allowing the university to accomplish its missions.
Oversight of the security of university information technology resources and information is entrusted to the Vice President for Information Technology by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors »
The Current Annual Activities Report describes the organization’s accomplishments for the 2011-2012 year.
The computing.vt.edu website provides information on IT services.