New Online Course Offerings for the Summer


Arts & Sciences at William & Mary has expanded its undergraduate online course offerings for summer 2015. During last year’s second summer term, Randy Coleman and Till Schreiber taught our first fully online summer courses. Students rated their overall learning experience favorably in those courses as indicated by a student satisfaction survey. Randy and Till enjoyed the […]

Two Opportunities for Exploring Open Educational Resources at W&M


OpenVA 2.1 and OER Adoption Grants With the hubbub of this semester’s end upon us, I’m happy to announce a couple of ways you can already begin thinking about next semester. Both opportunities surround open educational resources (OER). OER are free, open, customizable, and high quality alternatives or amendments to traditional textbooks. By promoting greater […]

Quality Matters Orientation — Improving Online Courses

Quality Matters Logo

All William & Mary faculty and staff are invited to attend a Quality Matters Orientation session! During each orientation session, Instructional Designer Ali Briggs and Academic Technology Specialist April Lawrence will explain the Quality Matters program and how the rubric is typically used during course design and review. Orientation Session Times and Locations Monday, March 30th from […]

The End of Bliss, or, Why You Should Think About Upgrading from Windows XP

Bliss is the default wallpaper for Windows XP.

If you are trying to find Bliss you may want to start your search at 3050 Fremont Drive, roughly halfway between the towns of Napa and Sonoma, California. Subconsciously I think most of us know exactly what Bliss looks like — a lovely, vivid, green meadow on a perfectly rolling hill, lying under a deep […]

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.

Just a Little Apocalyptic Prognostication on a Tuesday Morning


In light of the Harvard email-snooping flap, I had originally thought about writing on digital privacy, except that a news item on the Chronicle’s website caught my eye this morning and got me to thinking about the apocalypse. Well, not the literal apocalypse–just an educational one. Maybe “epochal change” or “paradigm shift” would be better terms.

Making the Switch to Online Evaluations

Paper evaluations may soon be a thing of the past.

A new online evaluation system at the College will help make course evaluations more humane and environmentally responsible, as well as more useful for instructors. Click through to read more about why we’re making the switch.

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?