University of Southern California

Learning Design & Technology

Advancing USC's strategic vision for teaching with technology

USC Tech Team Reports

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’s using it and how?
  • Why do we think it is significant?
  • How does it work?
  • What are its potential challenges?
  • What are the implications for teaching and learning?
  • Where is it going?

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.

Citation and Reference Management


Digital Badge Platforms

Web Based Video Editing

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.