DEVONthink Pro Office Basics


Even though I have used DEVONthink Pro Office for years, I feel like I haven’t really used it beyond its most basic features. Now that I am done with my dissertation (the only thing I used DEVONthink for), I have been starting to explore some of the basic things DEVONthink does that I didn’t previously […]

Academic Technology Links for April 26, 2013

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The links this week include “visualization,” the Digital Public Library of America, learning management systems, research organization tool Mendeley’s purchase by Elsevier, and Ira Glass on radio storytelling. Enjoy!

What I Learned from the Teaching & Technology Expo

Mane and Berni from IT at the welcome table at the Expo.

Last Friday I was able to attend the Teaching & Technology Expo, an event put on as an extension of the W&M E-Learning Community.  The Expo featured faculty and staff experts to help answer your questions about various educational technologies — everything from iPad presentations to blogging to flipping the classroom.  The Expo was well attended […]

Why I Settled on Mendeley for Organizing Research


I have recently started to revisit some of the research I’ve collected over the last few years in preparation for the doctoral comprehensive exams, and have realized what a lifesaver the reference organizer and note-taking application Mendeley has been. Back in 2008, I had files across multiple locations and devices — some on a laptop, some on a desktop, some on a collection of flash drives. I hadn’t gotten the hang of this new thing called cloud-based storage. But then I found Mendeley, and my virtual research space has been much tidier ever since.

Academic Technology Links for April 19, 2013

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The links this week include “spammy” academic conferences and journals, team-teaching digital humanities, a conference on crowdsourcing in the arts and humanities, and MOOC news from San Jose State University. Enjoy!

Launching Our Self-Directed E-Learning Project and Grant Opportunity

Earlier this spring, a collaboration of Swem Library, the School of Education, and IT Information Services received a grant from the College’s Creative Adaptation Fund (CAF) to develop resources to help faculty develop new knowledge and skills in e-learning. We define e-learning in the broadest possible way: any educational activity that uses “electronic” technology to enhance learning. This could include computer-based learning, all kinds of Web activities, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration. We’re particularly interested in finding projects that blend online and face-to-face learning in new ways.

Come to the Teaching & Technology Expo!

Teaching & Technology Expo

If you’re in the Williamsburg area this week, come to the Teaching & Technology Expo on Friday, April 19th! The Expo, at 11:30-1:30 in Miller Hall 2025, will have faculty and staff who are experts in various teaching technologies available to answer questions and talk to you about their experiences. There will also be door prizes, including an iPad Mini!

Academic Technology Links for April 12, 2013

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There’s a lot of news in the world of academic technology this week, so I’ve organized the links into a few categories. The links include MOOCs (of course), discussions over computerized essay grading, and miscellany about big-brother digital textbook tools and MLA’s guidelines for IT access and support. Enjoy!

The Library Is Alive with the Sound of Music!


When I came to William & Mary two years ago, one of the exciting things about being at a liberal arts college was the way that all the performing arts are part of the curriculum across disciplines. In today’s post, I wanted to share some of the resources that the libraries have to support the use of music in your courses!

Photography is Dead, Long Live Photography

Eduard Muybridge

Since the beginning, photography (ca. 1837) has had a bit of an identity crisis — is it an art, a science, or just merely a documentary tool? Until recently photography had been in a large part limited by what could be photographed by the available technology. But now, with the advent of photo sharing and Instagram, photography just may be dead (or mostly dead as it were).