Worlds, Great and Small: Using Ultra-High-Definition Interactive Images in the Classroom

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I recall when I was learning to drive, and how I foolishly thought I knew where I was going. How could I not know where I was going? After all, I had spent countless hours looking out the car window as my parents ferried me around suburban Maryland and Washington DC. Once I had my […]

Learning Objectives First, Technology Second

The stages of backward design.

[This is a guest post by Sharon Zuber, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies and Director of the Writing Resources Center at William & Mary] What comes to mind when most faculty think about “IT” services? The person who rescues a crashed hard drive? The voice behind the HELP number when a classroom […]

Beyond PowerPoint: Prezi in Education

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Even though it came to life five years ago, Prezi still manages to wow audiences — especially those who encounter it for the first time. A welcome disruption to the ubiquity of PowerPoint slides, with their overused bullet point lists and mundane clip art, Prezi is a dynamic presentation tool that by its nature makes […]

Gardens of Discussion: What Makes Online Communities Work?

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I’ve been contemplating online communities lately — specifically, that I don’t know what comprises the magic that makes one community tick and another one fail, despite the fact that I’ve participated in many different communities online over the last twenty years. I can tell you that the magic of a successful, vibrant community comes from […]

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

April Lawrence, academic technologist for the School of Education, and Rachel Kleinsorge, our resident Blackboard expert, will be hosting a pair of Blackboard classes to help professors use the new Blackboard tools. The workshops will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2014, at the School of Education and Tuesday, […]

Blackboard Upgrades 2014

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Blackboard is an ambitious company, releasing updates several times a year. Our most recent Blackboard update took place on January 3rd. While there are some small formatting changes, like the addition of a quick links button to the upper left of the screen, the changes below will probably be the most noticeable. Test Access Log Things […]