Author Archive: John Drummond

About John Drummond

John Drummond is the Academic Technology Manager at the College of William & Mary. Originally from Mathews County, VA, John graduated from James Madison University with a BA in English in 1996 and an MS in Technical and Scientific Communication in 2002, and is currently studying for an Ed.D. in Higher Education at the W&M School of Education. He has been with W&M since 2007. In addition to working in IT, John has taught occasionally at W&M and previously at Tidewater Community College, and in other roles has been an author, a musician, a Perl programmer, a UNIX systems engineer, and a network manager. He resides in Toano with his wife Andrea and daughter Rebekah.

Leveraging the Many, Many Learning Resources of Lynda.com

That's a lot of search results for Excel!

I was having a conversation yesterday with a colleague about ways to market William & Mary’s institutional subscription to Lynda.com.  Lynda.com, a subsidiary of business-focused social networking site LinkedIn, is a compendium of tutorial videos which range from quick one-offs to entire multi-hour courses. The site is focused on technical, creative, and business skills, and amounts […]

A Homebrew Method of Collaborative Qualitative Research

post-its

During the prior spring semester, I took a graduate course in qualitative research methods that focused on “action research.” That’s nothing unusual as far as graduate programs go — but what made this course truly unusual was that the entire sixteen-member class worked on a single, monolithic research project examining factors contributing to successful completion […]

Integrating Technology Needs with Classroom Design, My Current A/V Adventure

Schenectady, New York. A section of a blueprint reading class at the Onieda School, 1943

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I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about audiovisual technology these days. We’ve been going through some changes in Academic Information Services, most notably the retirements of director Gene Roche and Classroom Support manager Myron Hall. As Chaucer might say, however, time, tide, and building construction wait for no one. As the construction of […]

Security Resolutions – Be Safe out There!

You should passcode protect your phone. With newer iPhones you can even quickly use your fingerprint to unlock it, so there's no reason not to!

At this time of renewal at the start of the year, it’s traditional to resolve to make improvements in our lives — infusing our health and habits with more virtue and less vice. We change our smoke detector batteries, eat more fish, and sign up for gym memberships. It’s also a good time of year […]

The Digital Migration of Online Communities

Migration, image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Online communities are tenuous things. In the text-only olden days of the Internet, they were all in the same neighborhood — a collection of topical “newsgroups” on a distributed platform called Usenet. To be “on the Internet” in those days usually meant that one participated in — or at least read — some of these […]

Reflections on a Fireside Chat: “Managing” Versus “Teaching” the Online Course

campfire

This past weekend, I had an interesting conversation about e-learning while sitting on a mountaintop, huddled around a campfire in the dark. (I promise, dear reader, that I won’t try to make a metaphor out of that.) I was having this conversation with an old friend from my undergraduate days who teaches history at a […]

Doing E-Learning the W&M Way

About this time last year, William & Mary was touted as the best school in the nation for undergraduate teaching. Having sent out several E-Learning Development Kits into the wild over the spring and summer, I’ve gotten more than the usual taste of why, and how, our faculty achieved that reputation. This Summer W&M Offered Our […]

SCORM und Drang, or, Testing out Some E-Learning “Objects”

This is not a SCORM, but it does do a good job saving student answers. The pencil and paper method, however, cannot grade exams for you.

The other week I was thinking about little projects to test out on the e-learning development kits, and I hit upon the idea of teaching myself how to create interactive content in Camtasia Studio. After watching the how-to video on Camtasia’s website (go figure — most of the help for Camtasia is developed in Camtasia, […]

E-Learning “Kit in a Box” for Faculty

John Drummond working on eLearning kit prototype

Gene Roche’s recent article on blended or “flipped” learning frames the significant challenge involved in creating engaging blended learning activities in the classroom. One of my primary roles is working on the other side of that coin — bringing together the nuts, bolts, and infrastructure necessary to produce academic content using technology. As interest and […]

Video Rising: The Way the Media Wind is Blowing

Wind Turbines in rural Missouri

Sometimes you get little hits of something on the wind, and it makes you wonder if it means a change in the weather. To wit: A lunchtime conversation with IT colleagues where it’s mentioned that the lion’s share of network traffic in the evening at the College is from Netflix. An anecdote by a professor […]