The W&M eLearning Community welcomes Michele Jackson, Associate Provost of E-Learning Initiatives! Dr. Jackson will work with faculty, deans, the Provost, and the Information Technology office to prioritize central support for e-learning initiatives at W&M. She facilitated a Q&A session during our Community meeting on Friday, February 20. This was a great opportunity to learn more about her vision and her approach to e-learning, which is centered on teaching and learning rather than on the technology itself. Community members may access the recording of the meeting by visiting the W&M eLearning Community Blackboard Course and clicking on “Meetings.”
William & Mary held it’s first edcamp on Friday, January 23, 2015! Edcamps are participant-driven conferences created by the academic community for the academic community.
Edcamp participates gathered in the School of Education from 10:00am-2:00pm for a variety of sessions. Edcamps provide faculty with the opportunities to voice their interests and to share teaching experiences with their colleagues. To browse edcamp resources, please visit http://edcamp.blogs.wm.edu/resources-from-the-edcamp/
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.