Leveraging the Many, Many Learning Resources of Lynda.com

That's a lot of search results for Excel!

I was having a conversation yesterday with a colleague about ways to market William & Mary’s institutional subscription to Lynda.com.  Lynda.com, a subsidiary of business-focused social networking site LinkedIn, is a compendium of tutorial videos which range from quick one-offs to entire multi-hour courses. The site is focused on technical, creative, and business skills, and amounts […]

Blackboard Accessibility Tips: Designing Courses for Students Using Screen Readers

Blackboard hosts an annual conference known as BbWorld. In July I attended my first BbWorld with Rachel Kleinsorge (LMS Applications Specialist) and Kari Slettemoen (Application Engineer). The conference was held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 2,000 professionals in K-12, Higher Ed, and Professional Ed attended. Today’s Learner and […]

Quick and Easy Blackboard Test Uploading

question upload spreadsheet

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

Smartphone-2

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 […]

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 […]

A Brief Guide to Basic Technology Planning for Oral History Projects

Using audio only.

Over the past few months, I’ve been working with some folks on planning an oral history project. In doing that planning, I realized that there are many decisions to make about technology before even embarking on any of the interviews themselves. Whether your oral history project is one that you are doing yourself for your […]

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, […]

Four Planning Tips for Hosting Remote Guest Speakers

Don't worry, it doesn't take this many people to help you connect with a remote guest speaker!

It seems that everyone I talk to at William & Mary has amazing personal connections. Each faculty member seems to have at least one, but usually many, superstar advisors or academic colleagues that they keep in touch with. Students have parents and family members working in all sorts of interesting and influential positions. We are […]

Oops! Getting Help with Blackboard

Accidents happen. You clicked the wrong thing or dropped when you needed to drag, and now your Blackboard course doesn’t work right. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone, and IT is here to help. Here are the best ways to get in touch with us. Via Email The bbhelp@wm.edu email is monitored by the different […]

Security Resolutions – Be Safe out There!

You should passcode protect your phone. With newer iPhones you can even quickly use your fingerprint to unlock it, so there's no reason not to!

At this time of renewal at the start of the year, it’s traditional to resolve to make improvements in our lives — infusing our health and habits with more virtue and less vice. We change our smoke detector batteries, eat more fish, and sign up for gym memberships. It’s also a good time of year […]