Learning Lab | Going Alt-Ac: Alternative Academic Careers for Technology Professionals

Part 1: September 13 | 1:00–2:00 p.m.ET
Part 2: September 15 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: September 22 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 4: September 29 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET


Technology professionals are among the original alternative academics, or alt-acs. We lead, manage, deploy, and use information technology to advance higher education. Although we’re expected to be well prepared to do technical work, less certainty surrounds our college, university, and organizational roles when we interact, collaborate, and advocate beyond the technology silo with colleagues who are scholars, researchers, instructors, and campus leaders. In this course, you’ll learn career-development strategies for how technology professionals can understand, support, join, and thrive in the larger community of higher education.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the Learning Lab segments that support the learning outcomes stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators.

  • Identify and translate technology-sector skills for a higher education environment, using academically valued language
  • Prepare for college and university roles beyond the technology silo (e.g., curriculum design, program planning, institutional research, and access advocacy)
  • Find and create opportunities for professional and career development in conversation with colleagues at your institution, in your region, and through advocacy organizations such as EDUCAUSE

Target Audience

Instructional designers, IT professionals, graduate students, newer members of EDUCAUSE


Thomas J. Tobin Thomas J. Tobin, Teaching & Learning Consultant, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly, Lecturer Faculty, Consultant & Author, San Francisco State University