Faculty And Student Teams for Technology: The ~FAST Tex Program at the University of Texas at Austin


In late 1997, the Center for Instructional Technologies (CIT) at the University of Texas at Austin inaugurated a program to pair students specialized in instructional and computer skills with faculty members to develop innovative instructional technology materials. Supported in part by Apple Computer, Inc. and Compaq Computer Corporation, ~FAST Tex (Faculty And Student Teams for Technology) creates a pool of skilled students to work with faculty from a range of academic disciplines. It is based upon an informal model used successfully since the early 1970s at the University. This article shares the strategies used to establish the program and what was learned, including some surprises from the students.

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