By partnering with HumTech, UCLA faculty can initiate, define, and develop research and instructional projects that make significant use of current and future technologies with the dedicated support of our highly skilled staff.
Collaboration doesn’t end here, either. UCLA faculty and graduate students can leverage our connections with the UCLA Library, CCLE (Common Collaboration and Learning Environment), the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Office of Instructional Development (OID), the Institute of Digital Research and Education (IDRE), and other technology organizations on campus to find the best solution for any digital challenge, no matter how specialized.
Do you have a project in mind with a major technical component? We’re here to help! HumTech can assist you with scoping, estimating and budgeting for technical projects and grant applications. In some circumstances, we can also assign members of our staff to join your project team, providing key technical expertise. Here are some examples of projects that we have recently supported:
- Prof. Meredith Cohen (Art History) and her students are trying to restore the now-destroyed monuments of medieval Paris via 3D models. By combining extensive archival research with cutting-edge technology skills, they are illuminating this critical but poorly understood period in Western artistic history. HumTech has provided technological and administrative support to Meredith’s team. Learn more about Meredith’s project.
- Prof. Tim Tangherlini (Scandinavian) worked with HumTech to develop the Korean/Korean-American Online Folklore Archive, an application that lets students get hands-on practice with folklore and ethonographic research skills. HumTech has again teamed up with Tim to upgrade the application to make it easier to use and host, hopefully enabling Tim to release it to scholars around the world. Learn more about Tim’s project.
- (QB)2, or the “Question Bank Quick Builder,” is a Google Sheet Add-on developed at HumTech that helps UCLA Humanities instructors make digital quizzes in CCLE. The app translates text content from a properly-formatted spreadsheet into an XML file that can be imported into Moodle, the software underlying CCLE. This way, an instructor can see all of his or her questions in plain text, easing editing and reducing mistakes. This is especially useful for foreign language instruction, facilitating online drills, and for reading quizzes. Learn more about (QB)2.
If you have a project or grant idea, whether it is research or instructional oriented, please email us to see how we can help you. Dr. John Lynch, our Academic Technology Manager, will get back to you quickly to set up an initial consultation, and you can decide if HumTech is the right partner for your project.