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, […]

Using Surveys to Foster Individual Responsibility for Learning


How might an instructor use surveys to help teach a class? In this post, Gene talks about his technique of having students fill out electronic survey to help him tailor his syllabus to groups of students as well as encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.

Adobe Connect: Expanding the Reach of the Classroom

Adobe Connect Gail Hardinge's Class

I recently received the following email inquiry, “What is Adobe Connect, and how can it support my faculty?” In this post, I talk about a couple of examples of how faculty have used Adobe Connect in their classes, and suggest how one might go about testing it out.

Study Abroad: Preparing for Your Trip

Monastery in the Russian Countryside

In this post, I discuss some software you might want to look into before setting out for a Summer Study Abroad Program, including WordPress for websites, YouTube for videos, and Picasa for images.

Rich Media in the Classroom (Podcast)


April talks to Anne Charity-Hudley, Arthur Knight, and Sharon Zuber about how they integrate images and sounds into English, Film Studies, and Linguistics courses.

On Experts and Expertise with Paul Heideman (Podcast)

Gene Roche sits down with W&M biology professor Paul Heideman to talk about research in the field of expertise and how to apply it to student learning. In this podcast, they talk about what it means to be an expert as well as how experts think about and solve problems differently than novices.

The Gorilla in the Classroom


Recently, many factions at the College have become interested in exploring opportunities in e-learning. E-learning is a difficult topic to talk about on campus, with faculty members worried that this means putting classes online and increasing enrollments beyond our capacity, and administrators not quite sure what they mean when they say “e-learning.”  So when our […]

Blended Learning at the E-Learning Community Meeting

blended learning

At February 2012’s  eLearning Community Meeting hosted at the Mason School of Business, Ed School professor Judi Harris shared with us an overview of blended learning.  While most faculty at William & Mary already use blended learning in their classes – for example through using Blackboard discussion boards, or wikis – they may not realize […]

The Writing on the Wall: Blackboard’s (Chalk)Dust


What is the best way to think about Blackboard’s strengths and weaknesses?

Teach(nology) Cookbook: Google Maps


Learn how Francie Cate-Arries used Google Maps in her “Mapping Memory” project. Follow along as Pablo Yáñez, explains how to make your own maps.