Finding Help for Blackboard Is Now Easier

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I’ve recently returned from Blackboard World, a week-long conference filled with Blackboard workshops and vendor presentations. One of the most interesting presentations I saw showcased the redesign of the Blackboard help system. How to Find Blackboard Help Our default course shell includes a link to the Blackboard help at the bottom of the course navigation. […]

The Digital Migration of Online Communities

Migration, image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Online communities are tenuous things. In the text-only olden days of the Internet, they were all in the same neighborhood — a collection of topical “newsgroups” on a distributed platform called Usenet. To be “on the Internet” in those days usually meant that one participated in — or at least read — some of these […]

Opening up the Web for Students and Faculty

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Last fall, our neighbors just two and a half hours to the north at the University of Mary Washington launched an eye-opening program for their students, faculty, and staff. It is a service to allow users to register an Internet domain and house it on internal servers, called A Domain of One’s Own. The name […]

BrowZine: A Journal Bookshelf for Your Tablet!

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[This is a guest post by W&M Arts Librarian Kathleen DeLaurenti.] Have you ever wished you could have one-click access to you favorite journals on your tablet? With BrowZine, a great new mobile service provided through Swem Library, now you can do just that! The BrowZine app is available free for tablets with access to […]

Learning Objectives First, Technology Second

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[This is a guest post by Sharon Zuber, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies and Director of the Writing Resources Center at William & Mary] What comes to mind when most faculty think about “IT” services? The person who rescues a crashed hard drive? The voice behind the HELP number when a classroom […]

Adventures in Tech: Video Hosting with WMApps

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It’s always nice to discover something that you need right in your own backyard.  I was poking around the Web and on the same day found out that there was a product called “Google Video for Education” and that the product was discontinued. Why discontinue such a valuable and needed service? Well, I found that […]

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.

The Library Is Alive with the Sound of Music!

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When I came to William & Mary two years ago, one of the exciting things about being at a liberal arts college was the way that all the performing arts are part of the curriculum across disciplines. In today’s post, I wanted to share some of the resources that the libraries have to support the use of music in your courses!

WMApps: What’s That?

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What is WMApps and what Google Apps tools are available for students and faculty to use? In this post, I explain the student access to Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Reader via their W&M gmail accounts.

Free Software for the William & Mary Community

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Thousands of dollars worth of software can be yours (some restrictions apply…)