A Trip to Fredericksburg: the DTLT in the ITCC at the UMW

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This summer a small group from W&M had the distinct pleasure of taking a short jaunt up the road to visit with our colleagues in the University of Mary Washington (UMW) Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT). I’ve posted about the work going on up there before, and after working with director Jim Groom […]

Two Opportunities for Exploring Open Educational Resources at W&M

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OpenVA 2.1 and OER Adoption Grants With the hubbub of this semester’s end upon us, I’m happy to announce a couple of ways you can already begin thinking about next semester. Both opportunities surround open educational resources (OER). OER are free, open, customizable, and high quality alternatives or amendments to traditional textbooks. By promoting greater […]

Revisiting OpenVA 2014 — Bringing the Conversation to W&M

Following up on my post from October, I’d like to take the opportunity to reflect upon the topics discussed at the OpenVA 2014 meeting, how they reflect some emerging trends in academic technology, and plans to host an OpenVA event here at W&M. The meeting was hosted by Tidewater Community College (TCC) at their Virginia […]

Come to Our First Edcamp at William & Mary this January 23rd

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Later this month, IT and the School of Education will be rolling out William & Mary’s first Edcamp. Edcamp is an (un)conference about any and all aspects of pedagogy. Born out of the need for low-cost and dynamic professional development in K-12 teaching and learning and proving highly successful in higher education, Edcamps can be […]

Opening up the Web for Students and Faculty

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Last fall, our neighbors just two and a half hours to the north at the University of Mary Washington launched an eye-opening program for their students, faculty, and staff. It is a service to allow users to register an Internet domain and house it on internal servers, called A Domain of One’s Own. The name […]

Basic Skills for the Information Age: Ideas from the Community College Circuit

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In April, I attended the Council for the Study of Community Colleges’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Part of my work there involved co-organizing a roundtable session around the idea of digital literacies in community colleges. Since then, I have published a summary of the session here. Defining Digital Literacy One of our biggest challenges […]

Easier Online Maps with CartoDB

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For the recent Teaching & Technology Expo, I was asked to host the ESRI ArcGIS table to introduce W&M faculty and staff to how they can incorporate GIS mapping into their courses, research, and work. As I prepared for the event, I struggled with how to present basic approaches that non-GIS savvy individuals could actually […]

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 […]

On “Technology:” Some Notes from the Higher Ed Salon

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Over the course of the summer, my mind was ablaze with many a new input surrounding technology and higher education. I have been working closely with April Lawrence and Gene Roche to construct a series of pedagogical modules that will help William & Mary faculty introduce online tools to their courses. I also taught my first blended/hybrid course: an introductory cultural geography course at John Tyler Community College. My involvement with these projects has exposed me to an array opinions, strategies, and tactics with regards to the intersection of technology and post-secondary institutions. These are clearly volatile times for those of us in higher education.