OCTET stands for the Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching. It started in the mid-nineties as a 1 person office funded by a Mellon Grant. It has since grown to an office of 5 full-time staff and 2 part-timers. We work with faculty in specific areas to help them plan and maintain the resources they use to teach and to engage students in research projects. This includes planning and purchasing equipment for and managing labs in Computer Science, Cinema and Art and recording studio. We also oversee and develop our learning management system and much, much more.
We also work directly with students to help them with assignments that require the use of tools, software and spaces that we oversee and with the Conservatory and A&S Deans on special projects and grants.
While our staff work in various locations around campus our main office is in Mudd 052.
Who we are:
OCTET main office is located in Mudd 052. Our main line is x58345 and the center’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. While these are the best ways to reach us, individual OCTET staff are located in key locations near the teaching faculty and staff with which they work most closely. See below for individual contact info:
||Director OCTET & Lecturer Computer Science
||Instructional Technologist, Learning Management & Science Specialist
Science Center K222
|Systems AdministratorComputer Sciences & Cluster
||Assistant Instructional Technologist: Digital Arts
x56174 or x55124
|Digital Arts Engineer
|Frank Cheng||Student Technology Assistant
Work Hours: W 1:00-3:00 F 1:00-2:00 x58345
||Student Technology Assistant
Work Hours: M 1:00-3:30 F 2:00-4:00 x58345
|Isaac Pearl||Student Technology Assistant
Work Hours: Th 1:45-2:45 x58345
What we do:
We work with faculty and students in 4 major areas:
|Science Research||Digital Arts||High-end computing||Online teaching tools|
We work with faculty, the Deans Office, the Teaching Center and others to find the best and most appropriate technologies that will help faculty to achieve their curricular and teaching objectives. We also work to create and maintain physical and virtual spaces where teaching and learning can take place AND work with students who are completing projects that use particular technologies. The list below outlines the major responsibilities of our office.
a short note on what we don’t do
Desktop support/basic office efficiency software, classroom equipment and networking are all best handled by the offices that specialize in these areas. They include Client Services (x58197), A/V (58757) and Networking (x58197). However, we are happy to talk to you and if we don’t have time to fix it ourselves we will quickly direct you to the relevant office.
This includes the Cooper International Learning Center, the Committee on Teaching, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, the Library Committee
While our main workshop is a multiday, multi-topic summer session, we also sponsor many short sessions throughout the year and over Winter Term.
Contact info for related offices, centers and services: