eLearning Community Meeting – December 2014

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The W&M eLearning Community met for an open forum on December 5! This was a great opportunity for members of the Community to share their experiences in eLearning and to learn from each other. Camilla Buchanan, Kinesiology and Health Sciences, shared her success in using Twitter to build community in her course. Sharon Zuber, Writing Resources Center, shared how she and her students use VideoSribe for improving writing skills. Ali Briggs and Joe Cunningham shared Campus IT’s “Kit-In-A-Box” which is available to faculty for creating digital content. If you missed the meeting and would like to view the recording, please visit the W&M eLearning Community Blackboard course and click on “Tegrity Classes.”

eLearning Community Meeting – October 2014

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This past summer, William & Mary offered two fully online undergraduate courses in the Arts & Sciences. In October’s eLearning Community meeting we heard from Randy Coleman, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Till Shreiber, Senior Lecturer of Economics who taught the courses.  They provided insight about the development and facilitation of their first online teaching experience. John Griffin, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, shared recommendations for policies, and updated us on the future of online learning in the Arts & Sciences. April Lawrence, Academic Technologist in the School of Education, shared information about the feedback they received from students who took the courses.

eLearning Community Meeting – September 2014

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A lot has happened in eLearning at W&M over the past year!  The W&M eLearning Community me on Friday, September 26.  Gene Roche and others gave us the update.  If you missed the meeting, you may view the recording in the W&M eLearning Community Blackboard course.  The recording will soon be available under the “Tegrity Classes” tab.

Flustered About Flipping? – April 2014


Experience flipping with the W&M eLearning Community! Please check out the online content in the W&M eLearning Community Blackboard course.  If you are not already enrolled in the course, you may self-enroll by clicking on the “Blackboard” tab above and following the instructions.  Our meeting on Friday, April 18, was the face-to-face meeting of the eLearning Community to finish up the exploration and come up with a plan for participants to use flipped learning in their classes. This was a great opportunity to experience flipping and then apply what was learned. April Lawrence and Lee Anne Sulzberger facilitated the session.

Teaching & Technology – Open Forum – January 2014

Open Forum

On January 24th, the W&M eLearning Community met for an open forum.  This was a great opportunity to connect with others on campus who use technology to improve student outcomes.  Hannes Schniepp and Michael Kelley from Applied Science shared how they were successfully using technology in their courses.

Looking ahead, we plan to “flip” our W&M eLearning Community meeting.  We hope to offer a “blended” experience for the members of our community!

eLearning Community Meeting – November 2013

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Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents, joined us via videoconference on Friday, November 22, 2013, in a discussion: “Need an App? Teaching & Learning with Mobile Devices and Apps.” Dr. Melton has studied the pedagogy and best teaching practices related to mobilization and has acquired a new distinction as an “appologist.” She has received numerous teaching and technology awards. Her white paper on The Impact of Mobilization in Higher Education is available for download.  Please see the mobile page for access to the recording and presentation.

Personal Quote:

“Integrating technology into education requires a new approach to educational change that infuses new technologies with teaching and learning. How can any educator not be inspired to develop new and exciting ways to bring learning to life for and connect the classroom with a whole world of knowledge? Educators must understand the power of this technological transformation and apply it in redesigning institutions that meet the needs of today’s learners for tomorrow’s technological workforce.”

This was a great opportunity to learn more about mobile technology and its impact on students’ learning.

eLearning Community Meeting – October 2013

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The W&M eLearning Community meeting was held on Friday, October 11, 2013.  Members engaged with our panel of participants from the Creative Adaptation Fund Summer Teaching Project and explored some of the teaching strategies and technologies that emerged from their summer work. According to April Lawrence, Senior Academic Technology Specialist and a member of our panel, one of the goals of the collaborative project is to root professional development in the actual experiences of our faculty here on campus who are exploring technology-enhanced teaching and learning.

Members of our panel included:

April Lawrence, Senior Academic Technology Specialist
Jamison Miller, PhD student, Higher Education
Sharon Zuber, Visiting Assistant Professor, English, and Director, Writing Resources Center
Troy Davis, Director, Swem Library Media Center

This was a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from others’ experiences.

eLearning Community Meeting – September 2013

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The first meeting of the eLearning Community for the fall semester was held on September 13, 2013. Gene Roche, Director of University eLearning Initiatives, shared his thoughts on eLearning at William & Mary, and members the Community engaged in discussion.

If you are interested in viewing the recordings of previous meetings, they are available under “Tegrity Classes” within Blackboard. All W&M faculty and staff are invited to self-enroll in the W&M eLearning Community Blackboard course to view meeting recordings, view content and participate in Community online activities.

Gardner Campbell on “Digital Culture”

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I hope you are enjoying your summer!  We had a special event for the W&M eLearning Community.  Gardner Campbell, Director of Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives at Virginia Tech, was our guest speaker in an online session on Wednesday, June 19th.  Gardner was recognized by the Center for Digital Education as being one of the “Top 50 Innovators in Education in 2012,”  and we were privileged to have him connect with our community.  It was a great opportunity to join the discussion with Gardner on the topic of “Digital Culture.”  If you missed the session click here to view the recording.

Gardner’s Recommended Readings

If you are interested in learning more about digital culture, Gardner recommends the following resources:

Teaching & Technology Expo

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By Kim Mann, cross-posted from the Academic Technology blog.

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 and there was hardly a quiet moment at any of the tables.

When I wasn’t walking around on the floor, I was helping out over at the blogs table.  I got to talk to folks from all parts of the College — the professional schools, VIMS, and arts & sciences. It was nice to see such a mix of people from all over the College, and that reinforced to me the importance of developing a sense of community within W&M about academic technology. Being able to talk to others who use these technologies was a great opportunity!

Not only was it fun to talk to the attendees who came by with questions and comments for the blogs table, but the volunteers staffing the tables had a lot to say. A few of things that I learned about that I’m interested to explore more in my own teaching:

  • Blackboard In-line Grading: There’s a new Blackboard tool that allows you to mark up documents from inside Blackboard.  Being able to comment on student papers without having to download them first, save them as PDFs and then upload them back to Blackboard will save me a lot of hassle when doing paperless grading!
  • iPad Recordings: I’d seen some of these mentioned at one of the previous e-learning community meetings, and they still look like interesting classroom tools. Doceri is an app that turns your iPad screen into a virtual whiteboard.  You can use it to record a screencast, or, I’m guessing that if you hooked up your iPad to a classroom projector, you could write “live” during class for students. I like the idea of being able to face students while writing on the board, rather than turning your back on them, as well as the ability to mark up images.  I tend to teach using images a lot, and being able to interact with them by marking on them would be great!
  • Wikis: I’ve used a wiki in the classroom before, but I got some new ideas on how to use them — for example, having a project that spans multiple semesters, with students adding to it each semester (that would be a nice way to showcase student research, too!), and annotated bibliographies.  I think that the bibliographies would be especially helpful in a course where students do a semester-long research project — they could share ideas for sources, as well as make wiki pages for each reading we do, creating a bibliography for the course.  Collecting together this information could be a helpful resource for all the students in the course as well as help me see what students are getting out of various readings.
  • Free Web Conferencing Solutions: Those featured were Facetime, Google Hangout, and Skype.  I’ve toyed with the idea of using Google Hangout with students before for virtual office hours, or even meeting with students in a small group, if working on a group project.  The great thing about Google Hangout, I learned, is that all W&M students already have access to it via their WMApps accounts. I’ve also heard of faculty using it (and Skype) to “invite” guest speakers to their class.

All of these things allow you to enhance your teaching, and lets you to help students learn better.  The Expo was a great way to learn more about technologies that I was already familiar with, and connect with other folks who used them, as well as learn about new things I’m not as familiar with. If you missed it, or if you would like to get more information on any of the handouts you saw, you can check out the list here.