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Centre for Academic Technology

Resty JimenezThe Centre for Academic Technology’s (CAT) primary focus is on campus wide leadership, direction, training, services and support for a broad range of technologies used in teaching, learning, and research. As well, CAT provides a broad range of campus wide administrative services and supports in areas such as university events, interactive video conferencing, physical security systems, ticketing systems and digital signage systems. The department is also actively involved in researching and evaluating new technologies, and developing and integrating systems within its scope. To achieve its goals, the department is organized into 3 broad and technically specialized areas:

Media Services
Technical Support Services
Technology Research, Development, Systems Integration and Administration

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer (CIO), CAT is led by Resty Jimenez and is currently staffed with a team of 13 full-time technology specialists, and 7- 9 part-time technicians and support specialists. The team is responsible for technology systems testing, integration, architecture, design, provisioning, installation, implementation, monitoring, service, support, and client training and assistance in the following areas:

  • Smart classroom systems
  • Scientific instrumentation equipment and systems used in the physical sciences teaching and research labs
  • Audio & video presentation and streaming systems
  • Video conferencing systems (desktop web conference and multiple screen telepresence rooms)
  • Physical Security systems
  • Campus wide digital signage systems
  • Advanced Queue Management system
  • Events and conference audio visual services
  • Digital video production, editing and distribution for the purposes of course content creation, knowledge mobilization, training and information, major events and university promotion
  • Video on Demand (VOD) using Panopto
  • Distance and Online course distribution and management
  • Learning Management Systems (Nexus) and Voice transcription
  • Studio Services
  • Academic Machine Shop services