Principles of an STA+ Program
are different at each college or university where they have been established. However, the
core principles on which the STA+ program developed by the TLT Group include
assistants are empowered to support their own technology needs, those of their peers, and
their college or university.
assistants exercise responsibility commensurate with their demonstrated expertise.
assistants are paid commensurate with their performance.
- STA+ programs
build a suite of work opportunities (a structured sequence of roles) featuring
progressively more responsibility and skills for students on their way toward completing
their academic degrees.
- STA+ programs
are student-centered and student run, with guidance from a college or
university staff professional, faculty member, or administrative coordinator. The
intention is to give students a structured experience providing technology support,
consulting, and teaching under the direction of professional staff.
assistants relate to faculty as colleagues working together on instructional
development and technology support. Students ordinarily have too few opportunities to
experience the role of teacher with their peers, and fewer with their
professors. The STA+ experience is often profoundly motivating and valuable to students
who can try new roles. Students need guidance and support as they learn how to express and
convey their growing knowledge of technology to others, and as they gain self-confidence.
projects are structured around work with scholarly value, which should merit
academic credit. The work that student assistants do for faculty members is justified in
part by the faculty members commitment to defining a project in return for faculty
teaching the student the reason why this work is meaningful or important to the
discipline, course, or research.
assistants are a part of a team. Even when STA+ programs evolve into highly structured
task specific units, student assistants are fundamentally there to help students and
faculty use technology more efficiently and effectively for teaching and learning.