Join This Summer’s W&M Blackboard Basics Class

The best part of my job is Blackboard outreach. I love showing professors new ways to use this powerful tool. But while it’s fun, one-on-one support doesn’t reach many people. That’s why I’m offering a Blackboard Basics class this month. Designed to cover every aspect of a W&M Blackboard course, from creating your course to […]

Two Opportunities for Exploring Open Educational Resources at W&M

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OpenVA 2.1 and OER Adoption Grants With the hubbub of this semester’s end upon us, I’m happy to announce a couple of ways you can already begin thinking about next semester. Both opportunities surround open educational resources (OER). OER are free, open, customizable, and high quality alternatives or amendments to traditional textbooks. By promoting greater […]

Quality Matters Orientation — Improving Online Courses

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All William & Mary faculty and staff are invited to attend a Quality Matters Orientation session! During each orientation session, Instructional Designer Ali Briggs and Academic Technology Specialist April Lawrence will explain the Quality Matters program and how the rubric is typically used during course design and review. Orientation Session Times and Locations Monday, March 30th from […]

Come to Our First Edcamp at William & Mary this January 23rd

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Later this month, IT and the School of Education will be rolling out William & Mary’s first Edcamp. Edcamp is an (un)conference about any and all aspects of pedagogy. Born out of the need for low-cost and dynamic professional development in K-12 teaching and learning and proving highly successful in higher education, Edcamps can be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

April Lawrence, academic technologist for the School of Education, and Rachel Kleinsorge, our resident Blackboard expert, will be hosting a pair of Blackboard classes to help professors use the new Blackboard tools. The workshops will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2014, at the School of Education and Tuesday, […]

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

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[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!  […]

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 […]

What I Learned from the Teaching & Technology Expo

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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 […]