USC Tech Teams

The Center for Scholarly Technology (CST) employs a team-based approach for researching relevant and emerging technologies that have the potential to influence teaching and learning. Based on Penn State’s “Hot Teams” model, the process involves gathering small groups of stakeholders composed of faculty, students, and staff to research and answer seven questions about a select technology during a four- to six-week cycle of discovery, research, and reporting. The questions are:

  • What is it?
  • How does it work?
  • Who uses it?
  • Why is it significant?
  • What are the downsides?
  • Where is it going?
  • What are the implications for higher education in general and USC specifically?

Answers to these questions on a variety of helpful topics appear as USC Tech Team Guides. These short, informative guides provide specific technology solutions and teaching scenarios and are available online as PDFs. Topics include: classroom-polling technologies, cloud-based video-editing solutions, and online citation tools. Note: USC Tech Team Guides will become available online during fall 2013.

If you are interested in investigating emerging technologies for teaching and learning, or if you have an idea for a Tech Team topic, please contact Carl Kuzmich at to find out how you can join a USC Tech Team.