Secure Digital Media? Forgeddaboudit.

Are guys like this trying to get at your digital media when you don't want them to?

Once your media is on a screen you don’t control, you don’t control it anymore! So what do you do with your video and audio files you want to share but still want to keep secure, that is, prevent someone else from downloading?

The W&M-China Initiative: Digital Learning in Cross-Cultural Pedagogy

Skyping between W&M and Beijing Normal University students.

In this guest post by Professor Emily Wilcox, she talks about some of the exciting courses that are part of the grant project W&M-China Initiative for Film and New Media. This project hopes to explore how digital tools can help center teaching and learning on cross-cultural exchanges.

Conversations About E-Learning: Three Ways to Get to Wear the Funny Hat

funny hat

Now that we’ve had a year or so to process the information about MOOCs and their various cousins and offspring, it seems that faculty at all levels need to engage in sustained and serious conversations about e-learning and its impact on the future. Serious conversation requires all of us to work to avoid the most egregious discussion stoppers.

Universal Design for Learning: A Great Lens for E-Learning


It’s interesting where inspiration comes from sometimes. This last semester I took a graduate class at the School of Education called The Academic Life. Unlike the articles we read on e-learning, which were largely descriptive, one article in particular grabbed my imagination unexpectedly: Robbin Zeff’s “Universal Design Across the Curriculum” (New Directions for Higher Education, no. 137, Spring 2007).

What I Learned from the Teaching & Technology Expo

Mane and Berni from IT at the welcome table at the Expo.

Last Friday I was able to attend the Teaching & Technology Expo, an event put on as an extension of the W&M E-Learning Community.  The Expo featured faculty and staff experts to help answer your questions about various educational technologies — everything from iPad presentations to blogging to flipping the classroom.  The Expo was well attended […]

Launching Our Self-Directed E-Learning Project and Grant Opportunity

Earlier this spring, a collaboration of Swem Library, the School of Education, and IT Information Services received a grant from the College’s Creative Adaptation Fund (CAF) to develop resources to help faculty develop new knowledge and skills in e-learning. We define e-learning in the broadest possible way: any educational activity that uses “electronic” technology to enhance learning. This could include computer-based learning, all kinds of Web activities, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration. We’re particularly interested in finding projects that blend online and face-to-face learning in new ways.

Just a Little Apocalyptic Prognostication on a Tuesday Morning


In light of the Harvard email-snooping flap, I had originally thought about writing on digital privacy, except that a news item on the Chronicle’s website caught my eye this morning and got me to thinking about the apocalypse. Well, not the literal apocalypse–just an educational one. Maybe “epochal change” or “paradigm shift” would be better terms.

W&M Teaching and Technology Expo

Teaching & Technology Expo

For those of you who reside in the Williamsburg area, and have access to the W&M campus, I’d like to share an event with you that you may be interested in attending on April 19 — the Teaching & Technology Expo.

The Scout’s Guide to Video Teleconferencing


“I have an important teleconference tomorrow at 9 a.m. Can you come by at 8:30 to get me set up? No, I’ve never used this system before.” That’s the phone call of my nightmares. Because, as I say to everyone who will listen, video teleconferencing is about 5% technology and 95% best practices. And the best best practice is practice — in the environment where the event will take place, under similar circumstances.

Alternatives to the CMS-Based Student Project


This post is part three of my three-part series on the CMS and Web-based student projects. While in parts one and two I talked about how CMS projects came to be and reasons why we might want to re-think them, in this post I suggest some alternatives to these types of student projects.