Learning in the E(ye) of the Beholder

Although all teaching uses technology of some kind (like the abacus), that's not what we mean when we talk about e-learning.

Mentioning e-learning to people is likewise liable to elicit a lot of different ideas. Mention “e-learning at William & Mary” and that situation weights an already fuzzy topic with all the stakes of another: an older and more storied one, a proud and precious one, laced with tradition and values. The two might seem juxtaposed, the one impersonal as a glowing screen observed by a lone student, the other more like the warm glow of the Yule Log on the faces of a host of students. How can these things ever go together? In this post, John addresses this question.

A Few Words on Passwords


Linking your online accounts together can get you into trouble if you someone gets into just one of those accounts. In this post, John writes about what you might want to keep in mind to keep your accounts secure.

Back That Up!


Backing up your data can sometimes feel like a chore, but when you need it, you really, really need it! In this post, John suggests a few different strategies for backing up your data, from stashing thumb drives to using cloud services.

Updates? Why bother?


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

How Academic Information Services Engineering Works


A year or so ago, when IT was reorganizing its website, I was asked to write a blurb about what my team does. I can’t remember the exact circumstances—though it was likely a busy time—but I do remember that nobody was really satisfied with the result that lives on our Academic Information Services Web page: […]