“Communities of Inquiry”: The Anti-MOOCs

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Conversations about e-learning at William & Mary are on the rise. Rachel, Jamison, and I have been working with two Arts & Sciences faculty who are in the process of developing the College’s first two fully online courses (to be taught during summer session). Faculty in graduate programs in business and education have been discussing the […]

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Second Annual W&M Teaching & Technology Expo

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The second annual W&M Teaching & Technology Expo is just around the corner! Last year’s open-house showcase of educational technologies was a huge success, so come join us for this year’s event! All W&M faculty and staff are invited to join us again this year for an exciting opportunity to connect with faculty and technical […]

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Blended Learning Courses Challenge Teachers to Shift Thinking from What They Do to What Students Do

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Over the last few months, my energies have been focused on developing courses from a variety of perspectives, and the classes that I’m working with are core courses that are taught in every MBA or EdD program. The content and skills that we expect from students are widely understood, and there are lots of texts and other materials available that provide content and structure for “the material.” Many of us involved in “blending” these kinds of courses believe that they have huge potential for individualizing instruction and providing new paths to deeper, more involved learning.

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Sizing Up the Rocks – GigaPan Imagery in the Geology Classroom

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[This is a guest post by Professor Chuck Bailey of W&M’s Geology Department.] The rocky crust of the Earth provides a tangible puzzle for geologists to solve. I teach a second-level geology course entitled Earth Structure & Dynamics and one goal of the class is to develop students’ skills at reading the rock record. To […]

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Blackboard, Yea or Nay? Join the LMS Search Committee to Decide

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William & Mary chose Blackboard as our learning management system (LMS) in 1999.  Our senior students graduating in 2014 were in kindergarten.  MySpace ruled social media and YouTube didn’t exist.  DVDs were still fairly new and iPods weren’t even in development yet. That first version of Blackboard looked a lot different from the version we […]

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Video Rising: The Way the Media Wind is Blowing

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Sometimes you get little hits of something on the wind, and it makes you wonder if it means a change in the weather. To wit: A lunchtime conversation with IT colleagues where it’s mentioned that the lion’s share of network traffic in the evening at the College is from Netflix. An anecdote by a professor […]

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A Rented Resource — Keeping You on the Hook and in Their Books

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As this past weekend ended, so did my personal subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for Students and Educators. I remember how elated I was for a great deal for my year long subscription agreement; getting the full slew of apps and tools that the company offered for a limited time price of $19.99/month. I have […]

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WordPress vs Tumblr: Not All Blogging Software Is Created Equal

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I was helping a faculty member set up a WordPress website for his course and we were having a little conceptual trouble converting what he wanted to be able to do into an actual working site. He wanted a specific look and feel to his site, but he also wanted certain functionality that just wasn’t […]

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Engaging Students with Frontline and TED Talks

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I once asked my 11th grade Math Analysis teacher how it was conceptually possible to take the limit of something as it approached infinity if infinity has no limit. She told me that I didn’t need to understand it conceptually, I only needed to be able to work the formula. So I did what she […]

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Worlds, Great and Small: Using Ultra-High-Definition Interactive Images in the Classroom

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I recall when I was learning to drive, and how I foolishly thought I knew where I was going. How could I not know where I was going? After all, I had spent countless hours looking out the car window as my parents ferried me around suburban Maryland and Washington DC. Once I had my […]

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