Drawn In: Collaborative Storytelling and Brandon Generator


What does the writer/director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim have to show us about writing and publishing collaboratively on the Web?

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Web Publishing and the Monograph


Many books are presented in a digital form that attempts to mimic the traditional experience of their paper predecessors. When thinking about how to present scholarship on the Web, I am left with a problem. I am not all that interested in creating an archive, and I am not interested in simply distributing a book-like object online. Instead I would like to see something in between these two models–a monograph that allows for a participatory narrative. Scholarship on the Web doesn’t have to conform to something that has a counterpart in the analog world. The issue: what might this look like?

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When Encountering the Talking Dog


Writing and electronic textbooks has never been easier than with Apple’s new application, the Apple iBooks Author, which allows amateur users to integrate images and media in their e-texts. E-texts are also more and more accessible to readers, but what sorts of questions should we be asking about our entrenched textbook practices, especially in light of Apple’s increasingly proprietary forays into the education marketplace?

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Touch and the Computer Interface


In this post, I talk about the trend towards the touch interface of personal computers. The question is, why now? Both Apple and Microsoft have chosen to start designing their operating systems around more iPhone and iPad-like touchscreen interfaces.

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Updates? Why bother?


Everyone: So, we should apply these updates? John: Absolutely. Everyone: Why should we apply them? John: Security and…

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This post is written by Paul Kieffaber, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Technology is no longer a novelty in the classroom.  In fact I can’t think of a single classroom that is not equipped with a computer and projector.  The ubiquity of this kind of technology in modern classrooms is due, in no small part, to […]

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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.

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E-Books: A Student’s Perspective (Podcast)

Will e-books make scenes like this a thing of the past?

How does a William & Mary student use e-books in her classes? In this podcast, Gene Roche sits down with undergraduate Nina Staeben ’14, to find out how she uses her Kindle for her coursework.

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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.

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Annotating Film Clips

This post is written by Tim Barnard, Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies. For my rich media grant project, I am hoping to develop a more robust and technologically sophisticated way to work with students on performing close formal analyses of film texts.  As I explained in my proposal, I – and Film Studies colleagues […]

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