Technology in Learning Center

The Technology in Learning Center (TLC) exists to support Samford employees in implementing technological tools to enhance teaching and learning across the university. We can help you develop online course materials, arrange a short-term loan for a piece of computer equipment, work with you on a PowerPoint presentation, help you to digitize your slides or course syllabus and more. If it involves teaching and technology, we can help you make it happen!

Location and Hours

The TLC is located on the lower level of the University Library in Room 014, immediately adjacent to the main computer lab. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Employees are welcome to use the facilities any time we are open. However, if you think you will need assistance, we recommend that you make an appointment so that we can schedule someone to work with you.

Services

Consultation

The TLC staff are available to discuss faculty teaching goals and assist in developing plans to achieve these goals via the use of appropriate technology. Consultation on specific activities, such as creating electronic portfolios or online surveys, is also available.

Media Digitization

The TLC provides the hardware and software to digitize media from a wide variety of sources including text, photographs, slides, video and audio. While we do not have sufficient staff and resources to offer "drop-off" service, we can train faculty, staff, and student workers who may have the time to work on higher volume projects.

Content Development

We can work with you on assembling and editing technological teaching materials such as audio and video recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and digital still images.

Interactive Media Distribution

Once content is developed, the TLC staff can assist faculty in distributing the content through the most effective media channels. Some options include the Internet, multimedia CD, DVD or classroom projection.

Loans & Classroom Support

The TLC maintains an equipment pool consisting of LCD projectors, notebook computers, digital cameras, and other technological equipment. These materials are available free of charge to faculty and staff members for classroom presentations and Samford-related travel. Equipment may normally be reserved for up to a week at a time.

Software Installation

The University maintains site licenses for several popular academic software titles, and some faculty and staff members choose to have these programs installed on their office computers. Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment to have a technology specialist install one of these programs for you.

Optical Scanning of Tests and Surveys

The TLC is equipped with an Apperson Advantage 1200 Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) scanner for automated scoring of tests and surveys. The TLC staff can provide assistance in scanning optical mark sheets, which are available in the book store, and in designing test or survey forms.

Resources

The TLC maintains a portable equipment pool consisting of LCD projectors, notebook computers, digital cameras, and other technological equipment. These materials are available free of charge to faculty and staff members, and may normally be reserved for up to a week at a time. You may use the form below to request equipment for your class, conference, or event. Requests should generally be submitted at least three days in advance. If you need to reserve equipment on shorter notice, please call first (x. 2108 or x. 2138) to make sure the equipment is available before submitting your online request.
 
We have a limited amount of equipment, and it is generally in high demand. Your request is not confirmed until you receive a response from us indicating that your reservation has been completed.

Equipment Available for Short-Term Loan

  • Notebook computers
  • LCD multimedia projectors
  • DVD players
  • VHS tape decks
  • Computer speakers
  • Digital still camera
  • Digital video cameras
  • Web cams, stick microphones and conferencing headsets

On-Site Software

  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Garage Band
  • Google Earth
  • iMovie
  • Impatica
  • Mathematica
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab
  • Respondus
  • SPSS
  • STAT Transfer

On-Site Hardware

  • High-end Windows workstations (2)
  • 27" iMacs (3)
  • Epson GT-15000 large format scanner
  • Apperson Advantage 1200 OMR scanner
  • 35mm Slide & Film Scanner
  • 250MB ZIP drive
  • Floppy disk drive
  • Web cams, stick microphones and conferencing headsets
  • CD & DVD burners
  • VHS to DVD copying station
  • LP Turntable
  • Audio cassette deck
  • Color laser printer/copier
  • Name tag laminating machine
  • Large format laminating machine (up to 17")
  • Brother P-Touch electronic label maker

Request Resources

Equipment Needed

If you plan to use a projector with a Macintosh computer, you must provide your own VGA adapter.

If you need a projection screen, overhead projector or slide projector, please contact the University Library circulation desk at 726-2748.

Would you like for a member of our staff to set up the equipment in the classroom or event facility? (Limited to on-campus events.)
Please include any additional information, comments, questions or suggestions.