Collaboration Made Easy with Padlet

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Recently I became an Instructional Designer for William & Mary. My role involves assisting faculty with online course development and implementation. My background is in academic technology so I’ve been exposed to many e-learning tools and resources over the years. Some of those resources were amazing, but proved unreliable when integrated into the classroom or […]

Seven Life Hacks for Blackboard Grade Center

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Okay, so there was just another post by Rachel Kleinsorge about Blackboard Grade Center, but guess what? It’s the end of the semester and grades are on everyone’s minds. I’ve been talking faculty members through setting up their shiny new Grade Centers when they first set up their Blackboard sites now for many years, and […]

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 […]

Tips for Managing Laptops in the Classroom

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News flash: Student laptops and phones can be annoying in the college classroom. Old news, right? But still news that instructors have to deal with more and more. We can ban devices, allow them, or figure out something in between — there’s no shortage of advice and policies in managing their use. Over the past […]

Blackboard Spring Cleaning: Archiving Your Gradebook and Courses

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The term has ended; the dorm rooms have been emptied. Painstakingly-taken class notes were thrown away just minutes after final grades were distributed. Students sold books back or passed them along to friends. No one wanted to carry the minutia of the spring term into their summer. Post-Semester Blackboard Clean-Up A similar ritual takes place […]

The Most Successful Online Discussion Board — a Case Study

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This post outlines how Professor Tom Ward in the School of Education used a discussion board activity with a midterm project to facilitate critical thinking, peer coaching, and the authentic application of conceptual knowledge in a doctoral level Advanced Statistics course.

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 […]

Easier Online Maps with CartoDB

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For the recent Teaching & Technology Expo, I was asked to host the ESRI ArcGIS table to introduce W&M faculty and staff to how they can incorporate GIS mapping into their courses, research, and work. As I prepared for the event, I struggled with how to present basic approaches that non-GIS savvy individuals could actually […]

Beyond PowerPoint: Prezi in Education

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Even though it came to life five years ago, Prezi still manages to wow audiences — especially those who encounter it for the first time. A welcome disruption to the ubiquity of PowerPoint slides, with their overused bullet point lists and mundane clip art, Prezi is a dynamic presentation tool that by its nature makes […]

iPads in the Classroom: Using Reflector to Project Displays

Projecting technology has come a long way since candle slide projectors. Image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons.

One increasingly common question I get these days is from faculty members who want to use their iPads in the classroom or do a video capture from their iPad or iPhone. While there have been a few W&M faculty members who have successfully used their iPads in class over the past few years, these uses […]