W&M Rich Media Grant Program Wrap-Up

With the Fall Semester behind us now, we’re happy to say that we’ve seen the completion of over a dozen successful Rich Media Grant Projects here at W&M, and we’d like to share what we’ve seen as faculty wrapped up their projects.


What’s a Rich Media Grant?

Last spring, Swem Library, the Roy Charles Center, and we here at Academic Information Services announced a call for proposals for Rich Media Grants. Our intention was to give faculty the resources to pursue a project that would enhance their students’ learning by using rich media in the classroom.

With over a dozen projects, the faculty who participated came from many departments across Arts & Sciences, as well as faculty members from the School of Education.  Projects ranged from enhancing lecture-based courses with media and projecting an iPad screen to flipped classrooms and student video projects on capturing dance on the screen and using Chinese language skills.  All the projects incorporated rich media as either something the faculty member used in their classroom, or something assigned as part of a student-created project.  To take a look at all the initial blog posts for all the projects, see this list of “before” posts.

Faculty Learn Along with Their Students

One of the things that we here at Academic Technology find so exciting about the stories that these grants recipients shared with us is that many of them talk about how they had to learn along with their students — and that this changed how they related to their students. Since the grants required faculty to try something new with technology, they needed to develop new skills themselves. By learning alongside their students, faculty could better understand their students’ own learning, bringing them closer to their students. And that’s what this grant program was all about!

Stay Tuned for a Series of Posts on Completed Projects

Now that the projects have been completed, we’re going to be running a series of guest posts here on the blog featuring faculty members’ concluding thoughts on their finished projects.  We’ve asked faculty to reflect on the results of their project, on what worked well, and on what they’d do differently next time.

We anticipate that there will be a call for Rich Media Grant proposals again this spring, so if you’re a W&M faculty member reading this who’d like to do a project, keep an eye out for our call for proposals!

About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.