Not every institution has its own center for teaching and learning - due to different organizational priorities, budgetary concerns or other considerations. Perhaps a part-time support role within IT (or another functional area) is all that is needed to provide reactive support to faculty and students as issues come up. But, as the last year demonstrated, institutional needs and priorities can shift quickly.
Our target customer base is colleges and universities that do not have their own centers for teaching and learning, as well as those that do, but may have specific needs to supplement existing services on a short-term basis. The use cases may include:
A short-term need for staffing with a particular skill set, such as during implementation of instructional technology or related projects;
A need for topic-specific seminars or workshops;
Help developing online resources for on-demand faculty development offerings, such as courses, tutorials, blog posts, etc.
Help developing online and hybrid courses for expanding programs
Bridge (transitional) services - providing temporary staffing solutions to short-staffed teams (e.g. when looking to hire in the near future)
A need for extended evening or weekend hours
How This Works
Simply put, we pull from our vast network of highly qualified individuals - instructional designers, faculty developers, content creators and others, to create custom teams based on the institutional client’s specific needs and wants. Our services are flexible and contracts are tailored to your specific situation. Our contractors are available to start right away and transition out on a short notice.
Note: We are NOT an online program management (OPM) company. All services are provided through YOUR institution. We do NOT accept revenue sharing as a payment model.
Every project is unique. Our many contractors have a wide range of skills and we are able to tackle a variety of projects - from course clean-up to technology implementation.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
In March 2020, I was faced with the enormous task of turning my institution online (within a week as synchronous and within a 6 weeks for asynchronous). My institution needed more than just me. I reached out to my network and found one of the most gifted instructional designers and leaders in online learning I have ever met, Ella Epshteyn. Not only did she recruit top notch instructional designers to help me support my faculty, she personally worked with faculty to move them online. She was very knowledgeable and connected with my faculty in a time of stress for everyone. I would recommend her personally and her company, ATTECS LLC, for any online learning and educational needs.
Director of Online and Campus Learning Strategies
Katz School of Science and Health
ATTECS proved to be an indispensable partner to us as we moved teaching to remote and online formats during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a small university without online degree programs, this daunting task required both additional person-time and expertise in instructional design, both of which ATTECS provided on short notice. Their consultants went above and beyond; they became trusted colleagues and provided input on educational technology transitions, structures, and policies—all while continuing to help us support instructors and train staff in new skill areas.
Cassandra Volpe Horii, PhD
Inaugural Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach
California Institute of Technology
Ella was a superstar in helping us manage our transition to remote teaching and learning when we were forced to shut campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her flexibility and adaptability in incorporating our existing process and technologies resulted in a quick and smooth onboarding. She was able to work closely with a number of faculty individually in helping them adapt their courses to be taught remotely and later in a hybrid manner. Her recommendations have helped us improve our processes even beyond the engagement. I’m immensely grateful to Ella and ATTECS and would strongly recommend acquiring her services for all things instructional design.
Shakir S. Hussain, EdD
Manager of Teaching and Learning Services
Northwestern University in Qatar
ATTECS is a wonderful partner. They sourced talented, professional instructional designers to update courses migrated to a new learning management system (from Blackboard Learn to Brightspace). As a result, course design quality, consistency, and accessibility were improved. A combination of asynchronous and synchronous collaboration and check-ins kept us all on the same page and the project within budget and on time. I highly recommend ATTECS and won’t hesitate to use their services again if needed.
Tes Cotter Zakrzewski, Ed.D
Sr. Director Teaching & Learning Collaborative
Wentworth Institute of Technology
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