Student instructional technology assistants, SITAs, are currently enrolled UI graduate and undergraduate students who work with faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants to help them successfully integrate instructional technology into their courses.  

Get the Most out of Your ICON Course Site 

SITAs provide one-on-one consultations that cover:  

  • Modules: Best practices in organizing course content/materials for students.  
  • Assignments: Weighting and appropriately setting up assignments for submissions.  
  • Gradebook/SpeedGrader: Adjusting grading schemes and grading students’ submissions. 
  • Quizzes: Different quizzing options available in ICON, including surveys.  
  • Group sets and cross-listing course sections: Assigning tasks to specific groups and sections and merging course sections in ICON.  

SITAs also assist with the integration of external tools such as Zoom, UICapture, Respondus LockDown browser, Turnitin, Top Hat, and more in ICON course sites.  

Course Delivery in Zoom

SITAs can provide consultations on how to set up:  

  • Semester course scheduling: Zoom meetings for classes and office hours. 
  • Breakout rooms: facilitating breakout rooms for smaller group discussions. 
  • Using Zoom for attendance and student engagement (polls, chats, reactions, annotations).  

UICapture and Recordings

Capturing course content is more important than ever; SITAs can help ensure recordings are concise and accessible by providing information on how to: 

  • Edit and caption videos.  
  • Display slide decks and instructors' videos for presentations. 
  • Share pre-recorded videos with students in ICON.  

Projects

SITAs can also work one-on-one with instructors to: 

  • Design and implement course-related Wiki spaces that are integrated with ICON.  
  • Create and share course materials in Pressbooks. 
  • Use podcasts to deliver course content and develop student-created podcasts for learning and assessment. 
  • Incorporate digital storytelling into courses and create digital stories assessments. 

To request a consultation, email the SITA program at sita@uiowa.edu.