Celebrating Two Years in the Tech Commons

In January 2011, UCSF celebrated the opening of the new Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) on the second floor of the Library. The northernmost portion of the TLC, called the Tech Commons, provides UCSF faculty, staff, and students with access to specialized equipment, training, and support, all while enjoying views of the Golden Gate Park and the Marin Headlands. If you haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet, please visit us! Learning Technologies Group staff are available during regular business hours (8:30-5, M-F) for consultations on using the Tech Commons to create a wide range of materials. Some of the resources we offer include:

Multimedia Workstations (CL240)

WorkstationsSix Multimedia Workstations (four Macs and two PCs) can be used to create and edit audiovisual projects, and to create high-quality digital versions of many analog materials (slides, documents, VHS tapes, cassettes, etc). Recent projects undertaken using these workstations include student organizations editing together a Gangnam Style parody for a contest using Final Cut Pro X, staff members creating Khan Academy-style videos with Camtasia, and faculty members trimming and converting videos to be used in lecture materials and conference presentations.

Equipment Available for Loan

equipmentThe Learning Technologies Group is the only on-campus department that loans video- and audio-recording devices to UCSF faculty, staff, and students working on instructional or UCSF-related multimedia projects … without a rental charge! We have two kinds of high-quality video camera kits, audio recorders and accessories, professional-grade lighting, and even a pair of backdrops with a support frame. Used together, this equipment can help your projects look and sound as professional as possible, without professional-level costs.

Multipurpose Media Room (CL247)

247_3The Multipurpose Media Room (MPMR) has a new location, but still provides two workstations (one Mac and one PC), a pair of high-quality microphones, and software for creating narrated lectures or screen captures (Articulate Studio, Camtasia). We also recently added a flat-panel tablet monitor that makes creating annotated Khan Academy-style videos a snap. If your multimedia project requires working with PHI or other protected information, the MPMR provides greater privacy, and like our other workstations, can be reserved in advance for up to four hours at a time.

Treadmill Workstations (CL240)


The newest addition to the Tech Commons, two walkstations are now available for drop-in use. These have been very popular since their introduction, and are a great way to stretch your legs while remaining productive.


For more information, or to schedule an consultation, contact the Learning Technologies Group to let us know what you want to do, and we’ll help you determine how to get there.

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