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Teaching with Technology

Instructional Development can help you learn to use instructional technologies of all kinds! Contact us anytime to get more information or training on any instructional tool, technology, or material you want to use.

Recording Lectures ("Lecture Capture")

  • Streaming Video: GauchoCast is a secure, proprietary online streaming video platform better known as Panopto. Videos in GauchoCast can require a UCSB NetID for access, thus making it a secure place for your intellectual property. It can also create a podcast RSS feed into GauchoSpace (or other website) for student viewing. It is also possible to create a written transcript of the recording. While watching a recording, a student can pause, search, review, and make notes in the interface based on their individual learning needs.
  • The Learning Glass is a new instructional video technology that records the instructor’s face and written board work while writing on a plexi glass “whiteboard”. UCSB’s Learning Glass is located in Instructional Development’s Video Production studios (Kerr Hall), and must be booked in advance through an Instructional Consultant.

Online Office Hours, Guest Lectures, and Video Conferencing

  • UCSB uses Zoom for free, secure, video conferencing. Instructors can use Zoom to communicate with their students virtually during office hours, to give a virtual lecture while out of town, and/or allow off campus experts to do a guest lecture virtually.


  • Instructional Development offers pedagogy and educational technology workshops throughout the year. Instructors are encouraged to contact us at any time for customized training and (confidential) consultation regarding classroom teaching.
  • L&S Information Technology Services (LSIT) offers assistance on how to best use their services to design and develop course and departmental web pages through the Helpdesk (help@lsit.ucsb.edu) and on the web at http://www.lsit.ucsb.edu/get-help.
  • Software training: Lynda.com courses available for free for all faculty, staff and student employees.

Production of Course Materials

  • Instructional Development’s Production Services provides a full range of media production services that can be used in support of web-based instruction, including Artworks graphics services, photographic services, sound recording, and video production. Faculty have access to an annual allocation of services available at no charge, and can use a variety of funding sources (including Instructional Improvement Grants, ILTI and New Leaf Grants) to purchase additional services.
  • Collaborate also provides tools, services, and help for technology planning for faculty to develop their own web-based instructional materials, including digitization services, flatbed and slide scanners, multimedia editing applications, and web authoring applications.

Classroom Delivery of Instructional Materials

  • Instructional Development's Classroom Services provides training and technical support for classrooms with computer, data and video projection, and network services, as well as equipment for pickup or delivery for those classrooms without built-in services.
  • The Office of the Registrar can assist you in scheduling course meetings into classrooms with necessary equipment, such as video and data projection, internet access, etc. (hopwood-g@sa.ucsb.edu, x3602).
  • Collaboratelabs can function as classrooms with computers, data and video projection, network services, and fast web access.

Hosting Websites

  • It is important to identify where your web page will be hosted early in the development process to ensure you have access to the tools and technologies you will need. Check with your department to see where web pages are usually hosted.
  • LSIT’s web services provides web hosting for 36 L&S departments, dozens of projects, and hundreds of individual accounts. Available tools include MyWeb account management, template pages, a counter, search engine, chat portal, streaming media capability, mail cgi forms, access statistics and forums, with additional services always under development to better support user needs.
  • For off campus hosting, a good comparison resource is available at: http://www.reviews.com/web-hosting/.

Class Computer Access for Specialized Software

  • Specific departmental/specialized computing labs contain expensive software titles that allow students who cannot afford these expensive titles do their school work in a quiet and helpful environment.
  • The Digital Editing Lab in Instructional Development provides UCSB students with digital editing equipment and facilities. Lab use is restricted to students working on legitimate class projects approved by UCSB faculty. Please visit their website for more information.
  • Other specialized computer labs can also be reserved for instruction, class discussion, or student drop-in access to computer labs. Please visit Collaborate Labs for more information. 


consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall


Laurel Shaddixoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915