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Academic Technology Design Team

Last Updated: 08/17/2015


The Academic Technology Design Team (ATDT) designs experiences that solve high-impact learning problems. With the support of University of Colorado Boulder leadership, we collaborate with the campus community to develop scalable and sustainable innovations that realize the university’s strategic goals. Our efforts are supported by the values of innovation, impact, and inclusion and are in alignment with the goals of OIT, the CU Chancellor’s Office, and the Regents of the State of Colorado. 


We consult on the following topics:

Learning Technology

We consult with faculty and teaching staff on how to best implement their courses using CU’s teaching technologies. This includes Desire2Learn,, Kaltura, Google Apps, and Qualtrics.

Universal Design

We provide support to faculty and staff in creating learning experiences, tools, and resources for a wide variety of learners. We provide consultations on universal design principles and best practices in learning and instructional design.

Media Design

We consult with faculty on using multimedia design best practices when developing content for their courses. We help faculty leverage multimedia in their courses and strengthen their instructional message. Faculty can direct students to ATLAS 301 (Media Learning Lab) to check out video and audio recording equipment and reserve space to work on their course multimedia projects.

Design Thinking

We consult with faculty on integrating design thinking principles and educational technology best practices into their curricula. We conduct an inquiry into the learning goals and methods and identify areas where changes to instruction, assessments, or course plans might yield better learning outcomes. We suggest changes and assist faculty in planning for, and assessing, those changes.


We provide trainings on the following topics:

Universal Design

We provide trainings for departments and campus organizations on universal design principles and best practices in learning and instructional design. Participants will understand Universal Design as a theoretical framework, where they can go for additional resources, and how to begin employing some easy, practical ideas to make their work accessibility-friendly for a maximum diversity of people.

Technology Food Truck

We provide short, high energy, trainings on innovative technologies that can solve small-scale, high-impact problems in teaching, learning and productivity. Each Food Truck session lasts a maximum of 10 minutes and delivers “bite size” information with clear, step-by-step recipes for participants to try on their own.

Learning Technology

We offer trainings each semester providing opportunities for instructors to explore D2L in more depth. We also provide ad-hoc trainings for smaller department groups on request. We often partner with the FTEP program to offer trainings on classroom technologies, assessments and web grading.


We design and deploy prototype solutions to wicked teaching and learning problems, assess their success, and transition them to our clients’ environments. Some of the creative and collaborative projects we have worked on include: 

COEN 1500

Introduction to Engineering was envisioned as an on-campus MOC (Massive Online Course), that integrated residential campus resources with MOOC teaching techniques in order to achieve learning objectives, scale future offerings, and provide students with a flexible and individualized experience.

Flipping International Student Orientation

In the Fall of 2014, we launched an online international student orientation environment in Desire2Learn in collaboration with ISSS. The Pre-Arrival Orientation is a learner-centered, user-driven space where students can explore CU-Boulder from anywhere in the world.

Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome

Members of the BioFrontiers Institute approached the ATDT to develop a massive open online course (MOOC) that would increase general interest in and understanding of the human microbiome (i.e., the collection of microbes in and on your body) and further public involvement in scientific endeavors.

Transforming Student Learning in EMEN 5005

How can students be successful in a large statistics course with a mix of on-campus and distance students, graduates and undergraduates, and students from different programs? In Fall 2014, the ATDT redesigned EMEN 5005 to make it an engaging learning experience and to better tailor it to the needs of its diverse population.

Contact Us

Academic Technology Design Team
303-735-4357 (5-HELP)

University of Colorado Boulder
Technology Learning Center, Room 203
Boulder, CO