Adventures in Tech: Sharing an iPad in a Video Teleconference


I was worried at first when asked to research the problem: how to share the screen of an Apple iPad within an Adobe Connect meeting. Screen sharing using an app is not just unavailable, but prevented by the iPad’s basic design. But then I had a glimmer of an idea, and thus of hope: AirPlay.

Video Collaboration: What’s on the Menu at W&M?

You can do more than just meet via telephone at W&M these days. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

When there are many software products that do similar things it can be a little confusing to choose one. Like a neophyte oenophile looking at a wine list, one might be tempted to make an arbitrary choice just to move things along — and wind up with a snootful of inappropriate complexity and a character that doesn’t suit the meal. So, without further ado (or beating this metaphor to death), here’s a sampler of the computer video conferencing and collaborating products in use at the College, somewhat arranged in order of complexity.

Join the Discussion! The Arts of Freedom in a Digital Age

Gardner Campbell was the presenter at our first virtual meeting.

[This is a guest post written by the coordinator of W&M’s eLearning Community, Karen Conner, who is currently transitioning to a new position in support of e-learning at the Mason School of Business.] Are you familiar with the W&M eLearning Community?  Now is a great time to join if you have not already done so!  […]

W&M Self-Directed E-Learning Projects: An Update

Broadcasting from W&M Weather Vane

Last spring, Gene posted a call for faculty participation in a grant for Self-Directed Faculty Development for E-Learning. This Creative Adaptation Fund (CAF) award from the College supports a collaboration among Swem Library, the School of Education (the Technology Integration Center), and IT Academic Information Services. The objective of this project is to develop Web-based resources and a set of best practices that will help faculty navigate technology enhanced learning here at William & Mary. Phase 1 of this project is now complete, and this post is about how it went and what we’re up to next.

Blackboard Classes and Help at W&M

As the summer starts to fade we’re excited about the Fall Semester. Soon new students will come to campus ready to learn. Here in IT we’re getting ready to help them. But it’s not just students, our faculty members deserve a chance to learn new things and try new technologies. With that in mind, we’re […]

Multimedia Content in Blackboard


From filmstrips to field trips, enhanced classes are more fun than a plain lecture format. As you plan for Fall you’re probably thinking about incorporating media to wow your students. Blackboard allows you to add a variety of multimedia content. From the Content section of your course you can upload audio, image, or video files. That’s handy if you’ve recorded a lecture podcast style or if you’d like to upload a video from your computer. You can also add multimedia from the Web, and in this post I’ll show you how.

More Than Ten Years of E-Learning at W&M

Broadcasting from W&M Weather Vane

This is a guest post by Michael Kelley, W&M Professor of Applied Science. Michael has been teaching courses at W&M using lecture-capture and distance learning technologies for over ten years. He writes about his experiences with e-learning, and about some of the changes in technology that have altered the accessibility of e-learning for instructors.

Blinded by the MOOCs: Three Alternatives


While MOOCs have been making their debut, more traditional forms of distance learning have persisted (though not nearly with as much fanfare). The latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics show that about 20% of post-secondary students take at least one class online. Instead of (or in addition to) debating whether To MOOC or Not to MOOC, I’d like to propose three ways that e-learning can potentially enhance learning and increase accessibility at William & Mary: increased learning opportunities, course redesigns, and regional online collaborative courses. These three ideas can all help to keep learning front and center.

Using Computers for Teaching, 1967 to 2013

This is an image from the Life magazine article "The Computer as a Tutor." The original caption reads, "The sight of a small pupil ornamented like a pilot is rare, but may be common someday."

Teaching and learning with computers has been going on since at least the 1960s, and Stanford professors Pat Suppes and Dick Atkinson used computers in a California elementary school classroom to help students learn at their own pace. Their experiment, as outlined in a 1967 Life magazine article, shows that much of how we think about technology in education has stayed the same.

A View of the Future: From MOOC to MOOR

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The MOOC will soon die. Long live the MOOR: (Via MOOCtalk) Since the beginning, I’ve felt that one of the biggest contributions of MOOC mania is a richer view into the ways that top teachers design and deliver their courses. Opening a course to feedback from students and suggestions from outside experts can help push […]