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CIT celebrates Project QUEST’s 15th year with Technology Showcase

The Center for Instructional Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin is throwing a birthday party for its flagship incentive program, Project QUEST, with a special Technology Showcase Wednesday through Friday (April 7¬9).

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AUSTIN, Texas—The Center for Instructional Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin is throwing a birthday party for its flagship incentive program, Project QUEST, with a special Technology Showcase Wednesday through Friday (April 7¬9).

For 15 years, Project QUEST has been supporting the innovative use of microcomputers in learning, teaching and research throughout the UT Austin campus. Technology Showcase will feature a timeline display of selected Quest projects, some on the original equipment and with the project software developed for those systems.

The UT Austin community and the general public are invited to attend the three-day exhibit, which will open Wednesday (April 7) at 3 p.m. The hours on Thursday are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Since 1984, Project QUEST has supported more than 600 faculty projects designed to increase the innovative use of microcomputers in learning, teaching and research. The results, growth and curriculum integration of technology from successful projects can be seen throughout the campus. Projects “seeded” by QUEST have grown into larger microcomputer facilities and support for students and faculty in every college and the majority of departments at the University. Additionally, many project directors have become nationally recognized leaders in instructional technology in their fields.

The Center for Instructional Technologies (CIT) also hosts the Faculty and Student Teams for Technology (FAST Tex) program, and projects developed through it also will be represented in Technology Showcase. Through the support of Apple and Compaq computer corporations FAST Tex has supported about 50 projects in the last two years that pair students and faculty together to develop innovative instructional technology materials.

CIT’s celebration will culminate on Friday with a private reception recognizing faculty leaders in instructional technologies and the vendors providing support through grants of equipment and software. This year’s winners of another CIT incentive programs, the Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program, will be announced. Presenting the awards will be Executive Vice President and Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson.

Through the support of the Office of the Provost, the Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program has awarded $20,000 to faculty for their contributions in bringing about change in the delivery of instruction through technology since its inception in 1996.

For additional information, contact Susanna Herndon at (512) 475-9367 or Dr. George Culp at (512) 475-9474. Information about Technology Showcase also is available at http://www.utexas.edu/cc/cit/front/showcase.html.