Three Reasons MOOCs Should Include Digital Humanities Projects


Of all the things Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have to offer, their potential to spread digital humanities work beyond a single campus, library, or museum is possibly the most exciting to Evan. In this post, Evan considers three reasons why incorporating digital humanities projects into a MOOC would be an excellent idea.

The Final Last Word on MOOCs

A graphic from Daphne Koeller's TED Talk that shows the effectiveness of one-on-one tutoring vs other configurations for learning.

It’s easy to find criticism with new ideas, and massive open online courses are no exception. In this post, Gene responds to a scathing review of an introductory statistics course offered by Udacity. Massive Open Online Courses, he says, can offer professors ways to interact with students on an individual level that large lecture courses cannot.

The iPhone and the Kayak: a Modern Fable


What happens when technology doesn’t work as well as you hope it does? In this post, Pablo tells a fable about how he used his iPhone while kayaking and runs into some unexpected inclement weather.

Google Course Builder — E-Learning, Google Style


With the announcement of the Google Course Builder, a tool for building online courses, what can we expect from this tool, and where might it lead?

A Few Words on Passwords


Linking your online accounts together can get you into trouble if you someone gets into just one of those accounts. In this post, John writes about what you might want to keep in mind to keep your accounts secure.

What Do You Do When Your Favorite Tool Goes Away?

The icon for Jing (tears courtesy of Photoshop)

In this post, Mike talks about the discontinuation of one of his favorite applications, the screen-capturing Jing.

Inconvenient Truths about MOOCs

Broadcasting from W&M Weather Vane

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have been unavoidable in discussions of the role of technology in higher education. In this post, Gene gives an overview of those discussions, as well as the reasons why we need to pay attention to how MOOCs could transform the ways that we teach and learn.

Using Rich Media in Study Abroad Student Projects, Part 2: Photography


In this post, Mike talks about how one might go about thinking about using photography projects for study abroad students.

The MOOCs that (Almost) Ate UVA

Broadcasting from W&M Weather Vane

As I’ve confessed recently, I’m not very good at predicting the future of technology.  I missed wireless and YouTube, and there were nights when I had serious doubts about this whole “world wide web” thing.  Nonetheless, recent events seem to suggest that even in those of us working in traditional institutions might need to pay some […]

Using Rich Media in Study Abroad Student Projects, Part 1: Video Production


I’m in St. Petersburg, Russia this summer working on a tech-enhanced research project with the William & Mary Study Abroad group, and in preparing for the trip one of my most important considerations was what equipment to bring. Each student project involves telling stories about particular city spaces. There’s a little photography, several video interviews, […]