Since the 2002 - 2003 academic year the Center for Teaching Excellence has supported the development of the Student Technology Expertise Program (STEP). During this time, STEP has become a meaningful way for faculty members and students to work collboratively to improve learning at VCU.
STEP is designed to assist faculty with integrating technology into their teaching through project and skill development. Faculty members are matched with student interns who are experts in specific software applications. Interns work collaboratively with faculty members to help them develop a specific project and simultaneously learn new technology related skills. A key goal of the program is to provide faculty with skills that can sustain and promote the effective integration of technology to support teaching and learning. Web-site development, multimedia presentations, on-line course development, web-based case studies, media conversion, online surveys and assessment tools are all possible projects.
At the same time, students involved in the program have the opportunity to improve their technical, organizational, communication, and project management skills and also gain practical work experience while serving the academic community. Through this model of collaboration faculty members and students learn skills that are mutually beneficial.
All VCU teaching faculty members are eligible to apply for a STEP intern to help with their project. However, VCU faculty who participate in the CTE Junior Faculty Mentoring Program will have selection priority. If you are interested in applying for an intern, please contact Jeff Nugent, either by phone at 827-0838 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms are available below.
Keep in STEP with technology at VCU!