Leveraging the Many, Many Learning Resources of Lynda.com

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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 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 […]

A Homebrew Method of Collaborative Qualitative Research

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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 […]

Collaboration Made Easy with Padlet

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Recently I became an Instructional Designer for William & Mary. My role involves assisting faculty with online course development and implementation. My background is in academic technology so I’ve been exposed to many e-learning tools and resources over the years. Some of those resources were amazing, but proved unreliable when integrated into the classroom or […]

Video Conferencing and Collaboration at W&M: A Follow Up

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A little more than a year ago, I wrote a post about the history of, the many uses for, and the potential good that video conferencing and collaboration can produce in the academic environment. Shortly there after, my good friend and colleague, John Drummond, published a post about many of the technology solutions we have […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

The Most Successful Online Discussion Board — a Case Study

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This post outlines how Professor Tom Ward in the School of Education used a discussion board activity with a midterm project to facilitate critical thinking, peer coaching, and the authentic application of conceptual knowledge in a doctoral level Advanced Statistics course.

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 […]