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Teaching Research Institute

TIMS Technology and Information Management Services

The Technology and Information Management Services (TIMS) group at TRI uses technology as a tool to enhance and support agency and client services. TIMS has collaborated with the Oregon Department of Education to provide analysis and reporting for special education information for nearly 20 years. As education in Oregon uses data based decision making for district accountability, TIMS provides the tools to get data into district hands and resulting analysis into the state data system.

By successfully competing for Federal grants fund, TIMS and ODE have become a leader in special education data collection and reporting systems to provide timely and accurate data to the nearly 200 districts for development of their annual improvement plans.

The Multi Year Data Base annually produced by TIMS currently summarizes the past 23 years of special education data collection and reporting in Oregon. It is used by state and district personnel to create graphic pivot charts that can instantly show inter-relationship of demographics and reporting variables. This product highlights the value of the long and supportive service of WOU TRI data personnel to a state agency.

TIMS has provided non-profit organizations with well designed and developed websites within their budgets. TIMS has also worked with large agencies in the design and development of database linked Websites.

TIMS supports various organizations with data analysis, database design and development. TIMS uses MS SQL, MYSQL and Access as platforms for designing and developing databases.

TIMS is also designing and building web-based data handling applications inside WOU, around Oregon, and in other states. Services include web design, database management, data analysis, mobile application design, graphic design, and technology support for web based applications.

Impact of TIMS Center

  • Data collection, analysis, and reporting: 197 districts in Oregon
  • Data system development: Oregon, Vermont, Nevada, Utah, Washington D.C.
  • Our clients include non-profit centers, campus departments, state agencies, and national Centers.

Our Current Projects

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

NCDB is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

TIMS has worked closely with the NCDB project for over 6 years. In that time we have built the NCDB website, produced an iPhone application to aid in technical assistance, built interactive deaf-blind census maps, and provided strategic consultation around external development and website hosting vendors.

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NCDB Literacy Module

The NCDB Literacy Module is a the first in a series of educational modules for deaf-blind technical assistance. The modules are designed to focus the vast amount of information currated by NCDB into specific topics most useful for TA providers.

TA providers now have quick and intuitive access to exactly the information they need when educating and training teachers, parents, and, care providers of deaf-blind children.

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