What Can You Do with a 3D Printer in the College Classroom?

Lenin's bust took 5 hours to build

My son is graduating from the theater program at William & Mary this year with a focus on theater tech. That means he spent most of his four years of college building props, designing sets, and generally learning to master all the dangerous tools and techniques they use to make the wonderfully elaborate sets for […]

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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.

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Pictures Worth Worlds of Data — Geospatial Data Visualization Projects

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For a while now I’ve been very interested in data visualization — specifically how visualization can be used to gain understanding of really large data sets. Actually that’s not true. Like most people I’ve always been drawn to data visualization, if for no other reason that we humans are really quite bad at gaining any […]

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Good-Bye (or is it See You Later?) from Gene Roche

This will be my last post to this blog as part of my administrative positions at William & Mary. At some point early in August, I’ll be ending more than 30 years as a college administrator and moving to a full-time faculty position in the Higher Education Program in the School of Education. Even after […]

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The Provost’s E-Learning Committee at W&M Needs Your Input!

The following is a message from the Provost’s E-Learning Committee at W&M — they’re hoping for some input from W&M faculty about what kinds of e-learning activities you all are engaged in. Without further adieu, here is his message: The W&M E-Learning Committee is developing a database of faculty using various e-learning methods in their […]

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BrowZine: A Journal Bookshelf for Your Tablet!

This is an example of what BrowZine looks like on an iPad.

[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 […]

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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 […]

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Blackboard Usability Suggestions — the W&M Student Perspective

Changing the course name in Blackboard helps students know which course is which.

W&M students are a notoriously busy group, so when I invited twenty of them to lunch to talk about Blackboard I wasn’t surprised that only four could attend. I was surprised, however, by some of the things they said. For example, while all of the professors I know are excited about flipping their classrooms, students […]

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E-Learning “Kit in a Box” for Faculty

John Drummond working on eLearning kit prototype

Gene Roche’s recent article on blended or “flipped” learning frames the significant challenge involved in creating engaging blended learning activities in the classroom. One of my primary roles is working on the other side of that coin — bringing together the nuts, bolts, and infrastructure necessary to produce academic content using technology. As interest and […]

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Why I Want My Kid to Study at William & Mary and Why I’m Eager for the New COLL Curriculum

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  Okay, so that’s a strange, non-tech title for an article on an academic technology website, but the College’s new COLL curriculum has been much on my mind lately as I and my colleagues in Academic Information Systems work to come up with creative solutions to help our faculty members implement many of their plans […]

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