How to Make an Academic GIF from Video

The preview for my GIF! Aw, it looks nice!

Last time I wrote about how to make a GIF using still images, and related some reasons why you might want to learn how to make GIFs as an academic. Today I’ll teach you how to make a GIF using video, using my favorite GIF-making application, GIF Brewery. Why Make a GIF with Video? If […]

Quick and Easy Blackboard Test Uploading

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During my recent Blackboard Basics class on tests in Blackboard I heard a lot about how long it takes to create test questions. Professors shared their frustration about the time lag between clicking on an option (say, adding a unmatched answer to a matching question) and the Blackboard screens reloading. The class agreed that it […]

Study Abroad Technology Tips Part One, Preparing for Your Trip

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Here’s the first installment of technology tips for leading study abroad courses. For this first post in the series on study abroad technology tips, we’ll begin with before you leave for your trip. Imagine that it’s about two weeks before your trip, and you know that you need to get ready for documenting your adventures […]

The Whats Whys and Hows of Infographic Assignments

You’ve seen them in your inboxes and your social media feeds — the ubiquitous infographic. This post will outline how you can include a fun infographic assignment as an alternative to a traditional reading or writing assignment in your course. What Is an Infographic? Infographics are visual representations of information. They can include numbers, text, […]

New Online Course Offerings for the Summer

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Arts & Sciences at William & Mary has expanded its undergraduate online course offerings for summer 2015. During last year’s second summer term, Randy Coleman and Till Schreiber taught our first fully online summer courses. Students rated their overall learning experience favorably in those courses as indicated by a student satisfaction survey. Randy and Till enjoyed the […]

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 […]

Integrating Technology Needs with Classroom Design, My Current A/V Adventure

Schenectady, New York. A section of a blueprint reading class at the Onieda School, 1943

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I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about audiovisual technology these days. We’ve been going through some changes in Academic Information Services, most notably the retirements of director Gene Roche and Classroom Support manager Myron Hall. As Chaucer might say, however, time, tide, and building construction wait for no one. As the construction of […]

Accommodating Different Needs in Blackboard

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I have a disability and I’m fairly open about my needs. It’s hard not to notice the font size on my monitor or the special lighting in my office. But not every accommodate is that obvious, in fact, the easiest accommodations in Blackboard are a little tricky to find. Test Availability Exceptions Blackboard added a […]

Revisiting OpenVA 2014 — Bringing the Conversation to W&M

Following up on my post from October, I’d like to take the opportunity to reflect upon the topics discussed at the OpenVA 2014 meeting, how they reflect some emerging trends in academic technology, and plans to host an OpenVA event here at W&M. The meeting was hosted by Tidewater Community College (TCC) at their Virginia […]

Ten Ways to Overcome Barriers to Student Engagement Online

Let the screen be the only thing that separates you from your students.

Student engagement is a concept often discussed in education and an abundance of research exists on the topic. Student engagement is something instructors want to see and feel in their classrooms. Generally, student engagement tends to be viewed as the level of interest students show towards the topic being taught; their interaction with the content, instructor, […]