Services For Faculty

Academic Technology Solutions provides University-wide tools, platforms, training, digitization tools and IT services in support of teaching, research, and scholarship. We are happy to chat with you on any nascent or fully fledged ideas you may have in any stage of your work. Please contact us if you would like more information or if you would like to schedule an individual consultation session.

For immediate AV assistance in your classroom, call 773-834-4499, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Download our Services for Faculty brochure (PDF).

What can we help you do?

Select Digital Teaching Tools

Adopt Technology in Classes

Use Audio-Visual Equipment, Computer Classrooms, Digital Media

Get Software Access and Training, Technical Support


Using Technology in Classes

Set Up Individual Consultation on Using Technology Effectively in the Classroom or Other Multimedia Needs

Got a new pedagogical idea? Want to experiment with flipping the classroom or blended learning? Want someone to talk with about choosing the right multimedia?  Need help with illustration, 2D- and 3D-animation, or data visualization?  We can provide resources and ideas for a variety of pedagogical questions including general course design, assessment plans, flipped classes, blended learning, gamification, and a host of other topics. We can also advise you on choosing the right media formats, approaches and products, matching you with our services or our campus partners as appropriate.

Schedule a consultation.

Build your course site

CanvasWe can help you to build your course site quickly and easily, or guide you in taking advantage of more advanced features to streamline your grading, assess student progress, promote collaboration, and more. Request one-on-one consultation, or attend our workshops. See our workshop calendar.

Use advanced teaching tools

Explore advanced teaching tools such as blogs, wikis, Google apps, and video assignments with us and design creative assignments that excite students and help them achieve learning goals. We would love to talk to you about using non-traditional methods, such as flipped classes, to create learning experiences for your students. Bring us your ideas, so we can work together to design courses or activities that will engage your students and build community in and beyond the classroom.

Schedule a consultation.

Migrate your course to Canvas

In the 2016-18 academic years, Chalk will be replaced by Canvas as the new learning management systems. Learn more about the transition, the platform, resources and our workshops at courses.uchicago.edu


Use Audio-Visual Equipments, Computer Classrooms, Digital Media

Borrow Digital Media Equipment

You can borrow audio-visual equipment for instructional use if your classroom is not equipped with built-in AV technology.  The list of equipment available for lending includes "clicker" student response systems, as well as a range of projectors, screens, and adapters. We also have a range of audio recorders, cameras, tripods, and microphones available to serve your academic project. You can make a reservation by calling 773-834-4499 or emailing avs@uchicago.edu.

Set Up Classroom AV

For immediate AV assistance in your classroom, contact Audio-Visual Services at 773-834-4499, Monday – Friday, 8am-6pm during Summer Quarter,  8am-9pm Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, 8am-4pm Winter Break, Spring Break, and reading periods.

If you need help setting up technology or choosing from the wide variety of tools, we are available for individual consultations with faculty and teaching assistants. For more details, contact avs@uchicago.edu.

Reserve a Computer Classroom

Holding a class or laboratory session where your students need access to computers?  Reserve one of the 3 computer classrooms with us. We prioritize classroom/laboratory use for these spaces, but they are also available for training activities and online exam practice sessions.  Email registrarrooms@lists.uchicago.edu to begin the reservation process.

Convert and Digitize Course Materials

Our team can assist you in converting older media formats (photographic slides, VHS, cassettes) into digital forms which can be more flexibly used within your courses. Contact us at avs@uchicago.edu for a consultation.

Create, Edit, Enhance Digital Media Materials

Our specialists can partner with you to create and edit new visualizations, graphics, and videos of important concepts for your course. We also noise-correct and color-correct existing materials. Contact us at avs@uchicago.edu for a consultation.

Flip Your Classroom

Use your class time for higher-order thinking and collaboration by pre-recording your lectures that students preview outside of class sessions. Lecture video can support a range of pedagogical goals:

  • Pre-lecture review of introductory and supplemental material
  • Access to previous demonstrations and guest speakers
  • Provide your introductory students with access to recordings of honors-level lectures
  • Allow post-class review of a class session

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Software Access and Training, Technical Support

Get Software Training via Lynda.com

The lynda.com Online Training Library® (OTL) includes over 4,000 quality video-based e-learning courses, including courses on statistical softwares such as R Statistics and SPSS; Adobe applications; Microsoft Office Suite; Open Source software; programming languages; resume writing; time management and much more. Access with your CNetID at lynda.uchicago.edu.

Get Technical Support

The IT Services TECHB@R, located on the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library, provides convenient walk-up technology support, equipment lending, conferencing spaces, and videoconferencing capabilities.