Collecting Student Assignments with Google Drive

When someone has shared a document with you using Google Drive, you may get an email like this.

Since all students at W&M have Google accounts, they also have access to some of Google’s online applications, like Google Docs (now located within Google Drive). In this post, I consider how I would use Google Drive to accept and comment on student assignments in order to streamline my grading workflow.

The Final Last Word on MOOCs

A graphic from Daphne Koeller's TED Talk that shows the effectiveness of one-on-one tutoring vs other configurations for learning.

It’s easy to find criticism with new ideas, and massive open online courses are no exception. In this post, Gene responds to a scathing review of an introductory statistics course offered by Udacity. Massive Open Online Courses, he says, can offer professors ways to interact with students on an individual level that large lecture courses cannot.

Google Course Builder — E-Learning, Google Style


With the announcement of the Google Course Builder, a tool for building online courses, what can we expect from this tool, and where might it lead?

Inconvenient Truths about MOOCs

Broadcasting from W&M Weather Vane

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have been unavoidable in discussions of the role of technology in higher education. In this post, Gene gives an overview of those discussions, as well as the reasons why we need to pay attention to how MOOCs could transform the ways that we teach and learn.

The MOOCs that (Almost) Ate UVA

Broadcasting from W&M Weather Vane

As I’ve confessed recently, I’m not very good at predicting the future of technology.  I missed wireless and YouTube, and there were nights when I had serious doubts about this whole “world wide web” thing.  Nonetheless, recent events seem to suggest that even in those of us working in traditional institutions might need to pay some […]

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?

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.

The Gorilla in the Classroom


Recently, many factions at the College have become interested in exploring opportunities in e-learning. E-learning is a difficult topic to talk about on campus, with faculty members worried that this means putting classes online and increasing enrollments beyond our capacity, and administrators not quite sure what they mean when they say “e-learning.”  So when our […]