Climbing Everest in the Classroom with Simulation-Based Learning

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In my time here at the College, I have been dabbling in a few of the Mason School of Business MBA classes that are available. It was there that I had my first experience with the game simulation-based learning tool known as Everest; developed and distributed by Forio. The experience was exciting, meaningful, and extremely […]

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.

Good-Bye (or is it See You Later?) from Gene Roche

This will be my last post to this blog as part of my administrative positions at William & Mary. At some point early in August, I’ll be ending more than 30 years as a college administrator and moving to a full-time faculty position in the Higher Education Program in the School of Education. Even after […]

The Provost’s E-Learning Committee at W&M Needs Your Input!

The following is a message from the Provost’s E-Learning Committee at W&M — they’re hoping for some input from W&M faculty about what kinds of e-learning activities you all are engaged in. Without further adieu, here is his message: The W&M E-Learning Committee is developing a database of faculty using various e-learning methods in their […]

Blackboard Usability Suggestions — the W&M Student Perspective

Changing the course name in Blackboard helps students know which course is which.

W&M students are a notoriously busy group, so when I invited twenty of them to lunch to talk about Blackboard I wasn’t surprised that only four could attend. I was surprised, however, by some of the things they said. For example, while all of the professors I know are excited about flipping their classrooms, students […]

E-Learning “Kit in a Box” for Faculty

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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 […]

“Communities of Inquiry”: The Anti-MOOCs

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Conversations about e-learning at William & Mary are on the rise. Rachel, Jamison, and I have been working with two Arts & Sciences faculty who are in the process of developing the College’s first two fully online courses (to be taught during summer session). Faculty in graduate programs in business and education have been discussing the […]

Second Annual W&M Teaching & Technology Expo

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The second annual W&M Teaching & Technology Expo is just around the corner! Last year’s open-house showcase of educational technologies was a huge success, so come join us for this year’s event! All W&M faculty and staff are invited to join us again this year for an exciting opportunity to connect with faculty and technical […]

Blended Learning Courses Challenge Teachers to Shift Thinking from What They Do to What Students Do

Old classroom structures are one thing that provides a challenge to the instructor of a blended course.

Over the last few months, my energies have been focused on developing courses from a variety of perspectives, and the classes that I’m working with are core courses that are taught in every MBA or EdD program. The content and skills that we expect from students are widely understood, and there are lots of texts and other materials available that provide content and structure for “the material.” Many of us involved in “blending” these kinds of courses believe that they have huge potential for individualizing instruction and providing new paths to deeper, more involved learning.

Blackboard, Yea or Nay? Join the LMS Search Committee to Decide

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William & Mary chose Blackboard as our learning management system (LMS) in 1999.  Our senior students graduating in 2014 were in kindergarten.  MySpace ruled social media and YouTube didn’t exist.  DVDs were still fairly new and iPods weren’t even in development yet. That first version of Blackboard looked a lot different from the version we […]