Feature Stories

W&M Faculty focus groups discuss digital learning environment

Faculty members from across the college are meeting with representatives from APeL and IT on Wednesday, May 31 and again on Tuesday, June 6 to discuss the college's digital learning environment. Faculty members are grappling with the question of what they need their learning ecosystem to comprise and how the digital learning environment fits into that ecosystem. While the discussion will eventually look at various solutions, faculty members are spending this early phase brainstorming to develop a better idea of the current instructional landscape and how it should look.

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Summer Session Online: Molly Swetnam Burland teaches Roman Civilization

Summer online offerings in Arts and Sciences at William & Mary are gearing up for another successful year. Molly Swetnam-Burland, Professor in the Classical Studies Department, is revamping her popular Roman Civilization course, CLCV 208 and will offer it during Summer Session 1 starting May 30. For more info about online instruction at W&M, contact Ryan Baltrip at [[trbaltrip]]

COLL 100 and 150 May Seminar ends with an eLearning perspective

Faculty members participating in the COLL 100 and 150 preparatory seminar ended the sessions with an introduction to eLearning opportunities. Members of the APeL office were on hand to show them some of the tools and concepts to incorporate meaningful assignments into their syllabi.

Williamsburg Documentary Project students shine

The students in Arthur Knight's Fall 2017 Williamsburg Documentary Project course showed off their research at an end-of-semester presentation that featured their use of a collaborative timeline to show the history of Williamsburg's Triangle area. Invited guests included community leaders, librarians, faculty members, and academic technologists who had assisted in the project.

eLearning Enthusiasts explore interactive video

The eLearning Enthusiasts faculty interest group recently explored interactive video tools and their potential instructional implications. At their monthly lunch and learn session, the Enthusiasts discussed VideoAnt, EdPuzzle, and Microsoft Mix as potential platforms to support learning activities such as video annotation, content analysis, and peer instruction.

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Spring 2017 eLearning series ends with a look beyond

“Beyond Blackboard,” the final eLearning workshop of the Spring 2017 series, took place April 5 and again April 6. Hosted in the Ford Classroom in Swem Library, the workshop discussed ways to expand web-based teaching strategies and tools. In collaboration with Ryan Baltrip and Pablo Yañez of APeL, Professor of English Rich Lowry and Professor of Psychology Paul Kieffaber discussed their experiences integrating eLearning tools and strategies into their respective courses. Next Thursday, April 13, an eLearning lab that offers hands-on testing, experimenting, and training will be held in the Ford Classroom from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

History professor fuses creativity and COLL 100

History Professor Gérard Chouin values the creative storytelling required in his Africa as an Idea COLL 100 class. Students are tasked with researching and conveying a complex or misunderstood idea concerning Africa. To do so, many students are turning to digital tools and resources that facilitate creative and media-rich communication modes. W&M resources such as Microsoft Sway and Google Sites are just a few of the options discussed at their recent peer review class session. For more information on these assignment types and related tools, contact Professor Chouin or an eLearning Specialist.

Representing your data: Online summer course

Jim Deverick, Lecturer of Computer Science, has been hard at work. This Spring, he has been collaborating with the Division of Online Programming to develop an online version of CSCI 241: Data Structures. The course will introduce students to abstract data representation. Participants will learn how to represent various programming problems and how to analyze the performance impacts of their data representation decisions. The summer, online offering of CSCI 241: Data Structures begins on May 30th. The course is currently open for registration.

Peter Vishton & Prezi in Tack Lecture

On March 22nd Peter Vishton (Psyschology) explored the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind in the 11th Tack Lecture, titled: "The Illusion of Control". [SPOILER] Which part of your brain is in charge most of the time may come as a surprise. For the lecture Dr Vishton used Prezi as his presentation software. Based on comments following the talk, many in the audience had not seen Prezi before, and most were pleased with Dr Vishton's use of Prezi to provide a visually engaging and organized presentation. You can get an idea how he used Prezi in this video segment - you can "rewind" this and see the entire talk. Contact your APeL eLearning Specialist if you want to find out more about the pros and cons of using Prezi.

Spring Blackboard Days

On 3/28 and 3/29, Blackboard's Success Advocate, Naveen Ramnanan, gave three presentations designed to expand your knowledge and application of Blackboard capabilities. Topics included: Designing Assessments and Analyzing Performance, Using Groups Effectively, and Ten things you didn't know Blackboard could do Contact Kristy Walker at 757-221-1812, kkwalker@wm.edu for questions or to learn more. Spring Blackboard Days was sponsored by: W&M IT, APeL and Blackboard

Online Summer Offering: Chris Tucker teaches Critical Thinking

Will you only believe what you already believe? Even though you may like to think you are objective, do you have a bias toward confirming your pre-existing beliefs? This Summer, Chris Tucker will examine questions like these ones and many others in his Critical Thinking summer online course. This Spring, Tucker, along with development assistance from the Division of Online Learning, has been hard at work preparing a high-quality online philosophy course (image from recent video recording in Wren Chapel). Tucker will be teaching PHIL 201: Critical Thinking. This online course will be offered during the second summer session, which begins on July 3. Registration for the course is now open. Visit the registration page to sign up!

Rich Lowry: Collaborative photo projects using Sway

What do you do when you're teaching a class on the selfie and need students to share their own selfies quickly and easily to a website? Professor of English Rich Lowry is using Microsoft Office's new web presentation software, Sway, to allow students to collaborate on a presentation and create a page of thumbnail images for analysis in class. If you're interested in an easy, collaborative tool that helps you and your students tell your own stories, Sway is available to everyone at the college. Log on to http://sway.com or contact your eLearning Specialist for more info.

Eyre Hall research project goes digital

Carl Lounsbury, co-coordinator of the NIAHD program and lecturer of History, recently launched a new research project on Eyre Hall to explore the people, places, objects, and history of the Eastern Shore plantation. A project of this scope has many aspects suitable for eLearning tools and resources. APeL staff recently collaborated with Dr. Lounsbury and his team of research assistants to leverage existing W&M resources. In his words, "I am very appreciative of the help that APeL has provided us in setting up a platform for sharing research material for this group project. From scores of images of objects, buildings, gardens, and historic documents, WM Apps allows students to interact with each other and with material that has been gathered from a variety of sources. It's great to have such an accessible means of interrogating material across a variety of media." For more information on this project, please contact Dr. Lounsbury at crloun@wm.edu.

eLearning enthusiasts play with their technology

The Campus Faculty eLearning Enthusiasts group met on Wednesday, February 22 to discuss the concept of play in academic technology. There are lots of opportunities for practical eLearning initiatives on campus, but the eLearning enthusiasts focus on play. Examining tools and concepts without a specific agenda can often open up new avenues of innovation. Want to join the group? Contact Adam Barger at [[apbarger]] for more information

William & Mary represents at 2017 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

The annual EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative meeting took place recently in Houston, TX. The gathering focuses on the role of technology in higher education teaching and learning. This year's theme, Transforming the Academy: Building Communities of Practice, enabled participants to explore collaboration and discourse surrounding inter-institutional approaches to educational technology leadership. APeL's Michele Jackson and Adam Barger attended and presented on eLearning embeddedness in a a liberal arts environment.

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COLL 300 courses get creative with digital projects

As the COLL Curriculum continues to take shape in Arts & Sciences, students are participating in more non-traditional communication and multimedia learning experiences. COLL 300 courses include student research on the semester theme of "Unrest". For Professors Leisa Meyers and Artisia Green, this translates to a creative project in which students are given latitude to design projects that leverage digital tools and resources such as Microsoft Sway or Timeline JS. The result is a tangible way in which the ideas of the world come into the classrooms of William & Mary

W&M Libraries and the Center for Liberal Arts explore eLearning

As part of their recent faculty seminar on Communication Concepts and the First-Year COLL Experience, faculty and staff facilitators from W&M Libraries and the CLA collaborated with 16 faculty members to explore COLL 100 and 150 learning experiences. Topics included course alignment, project descriptions, rubrics, and digital tools and resources to support teaching and learning. APeL eLearning Specialists Adam Barger and Mike Blum contributed to the discussion on eLearning applications.

Digital Poster Sessions in MSCI391

Professors Heather MacDonald and Steven Kuehl wanted their Marine Science Mash-up (MSCI391) students to get some experience presenting their work. They had initially thought of having each student present a poster to their peers in a conference-like environment. Instead they decided to push a bit further and allow the students to present in a more dynamic and media-rich way. The class met in the Ford Classroom in Swem Library, and utilized large format flat screens to present in four concurrent sessions. Each student had 7 or 8 minutes to present their work to a set of peers and faculty members, and hold a question and answer session on their work. Using a rotation system each student presented their own micro presentation twice, and saw at least 12 other student presentations. The presentations took place over two 1 hour and 20 minute sessions in November. The second session incorporated several improvements based on leasons learned during the first session. Drs MacDonald and Kuel collected student feedback regarding the activity, and were very excited by the very positive response.

CGA hosts GIS Day at William and Mary

On November 16th the Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) hosted an event to commemorate the global celebrations of GIS Day. Organized by CGA Director Rob Rose, activities allowed participants to learn about geospatial analysis, see student and CGA Fellows works, and find out about GIS career opportunities. Projects showcasing citizen science data collection and humanitarian mapping were featured.

CLA and APeL prepare for Spring 2017 COLL 300 on-campus programing

The Center for the Liberal Arts will host campus visitors in Spring '17 on the theme of "Unrest". The Office of the Associate Provost for University eLearning Initiatives (APeL) will again create and maintain a digital repository of writings and related media for COLL 300 instructors. For more information on COLL 300 programing, please contact the CLA.

WM SMUG participates in higher ed social media conference

The Higher Ed Social Media Conference took place on November 30th. William & Mary's Social Media Users Group's Tiffany Beker organized our participation via videoconference. Colleagues from schools across the country gave lightning talks on topics ranging from video to Snapchat to fundraising and analytics. Attendees from the Law School, University Relations, eLearning, and more learned about how other schools are using social media to help get their message out.

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Faculty complete first part of Faculty Series in Online Course Develoopment

One of the key steps for faculty in developing an online course is to get immersed in an online course as a participant, to discover what an online course is like from a student's perspective. Recently, the nine faculty involved in the APeL Faculty Series on Online Course Development completed a six week online asynchronous course that provided them with this immersive experience which helps them gain a practical introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective online instructor. In December, these faculty will also complete the next stage of the Faculty Series, the Fall Seminar in Online Course Design.

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Paulina Carrion creates videos to help students learn medical interpreting

Prof. Paulina Carrion will be producing and using role playing videos to help students in her Spanish medical interpretation course bring what they learn into the real world. Students will learn the do's and don'ts of medical interpretation through a series of videos Prof. Carrion will be producing with her colleagues in Hispanic Studies. For more info, contact Mike Blum with APeL.

CLA hosts final COLL 300 on-campus visitor

The W&M community filled the Sadler Commonwealth auditorium on November 16th to listen to Wilson Wewa. Mr. Wewa is the final visitor of the COLL 300 on-campus series. His talk was captured and live-streamed in order to give access to the entire campus community. For more information on the talk or to view the session, please visit the CLA website.

Rubrics Revealed!

On November 15th the Charles Center hosted a University Teaching Project Workshop to discuss the use of rubrics as a communication and grading tool for papers, oral presentations, group projects, and other assignments. The workshop panel included professors Annie Blazer (Religious Studies), Catherine Forestell (Psychology), and Jeffery Kaplow (Government), as well as three undergraduate students from one of Dr. Kaplow's courses. The panel discussion paid special attention to the development and use of rubrics within Blackboard, and how they could be incorporated in the design and assessment of in non-traditional assignments such as those required in COLL 100 courses.

Faculty and staff explore real-world projects

The final eLearning Workshop of the Fall 2016 series took place November 15th & 16th. Faculty and staff attendees explored authentic assessment as a model for incorporating real-world projects into their courses. APeL eLearning specialists Adam Barger and Pablo Yanez collaborated with faculty contributors Marcus Holmes, Paulina Corrian, and Rob Rose. For information on this workshop, please visit wm.edu/elearning.

Sasha Prokhorov and his students dive into Oxygen in the Digital Humanities

Professor Sasha Prokhorov and his students working on the Moscow Theatre Project are busy learning the finer points of XML editing using Oxygen XML editing software. This ongoing project involves oral histories of Russian moviegoers both today and during the Soviet Union. Professor Prokhorov was awarded a grant for the software licenses by APeL. Faculty members interested in applying for eLearning grants can contact the APeL office.

Faculty Focus Groups discuss eLearning

This Fall, faculty members around the college are being asked to weigh in on eLearning issues and the vision for eLearning at William & Mary. These discussions will be instrumental in helping the college going forward with the concept and practice of eLearning. For more info contact APeL at elearning@wm.edu

Faculty and staff represent W&M at OpenEd16

OpenEd16 took place in Richmond from November 2-4. The conference is the "premier venue for sharing research, development, advocacy, design, and other work relating to open education". Multiple sessions examined eLearning tools and resources, including presentations by W&M professors Judi Harris and Mark Hofer as well as Technology Integration Center graduate assistant Jamison Miller. For more information on their work, please visit the conference site at http://openedconference.org/2016/program/

Faculty seminar on Universal Design for Learning highlighted at JMU Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference

APeL eLearning Specialists Mike Blum and Adam Barger shared their work on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at the recent James Madison University Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference. Their presentation included case studies from the Spring 2016 eLearning Faculty Seminar and featured the work of Mark Hofer, Jonathan Arries, and Bella Ginzbursky-Blum. For more info on eLearning Faculty Seminars contact Mike Blum

Dr. Jason Chen's Presents GEODES, an NSF Funded Project

Dr. Chen presented GEODES, an NSF-funded project, in a Faculty Brown Bag sponsored by Center for Innovation in Learning Design and The Office of the Associate Dean for TeacherEducation and Community Engagement. GEODES will produce trainings and mixed-reality simulations with objective of improving diversity in the geosciences.

Omeka Workshop by Roopika Risam

On October 25th Dr. Roopika Risam (Salem State University) conducted a workshop on the use of Omeka in the Digital Humanities. Omeka is a "free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions". The workshop was arranged by the Equality Lab and was conducted in the Ford Classroom in Swem Library. Attendees included approximately 25 faculty members, grad students, and staff from the Libraries, the Omohundro Instititue, and APeL.

Center for Liberal Arts leverages campus technology for COLL 300 visitor

Through an interoffice collaboration involving University eLearning Initiatives, Information Technology, the Sadler Center, and the CLA, recent COLL 300 visitor Steven Wise's talk was digitally captured and streamed live for the campus community. Panopto served as the platform for filming and distributing this popular event. For more information, contact the Center for Liberal Arts.

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New faculty members enhance student engagement with Poll Everywhere

As news spreads about W&M's new student response system, Poll Everywhere, several new faculty members have chosen the tool as a way to engage students in their classes. Mark Greer (Economics) recently shared a few thoughts about using Poll Everywhere in his larger classes and how that has changed the teaching and learning experience in his Microeconomics courses.

WMSURE's “Digital Literacy and Research” Workshop

The William & Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE)workshop featured a panel that inclued Liz Losh (American Studies), Dawn Edmiston (Mason School of Business), Stephanie Blackmon and April Lawrence (School of Education), and Pablo Yañez (APeL). The panelists participated in a lively discussion with students, in a filled-to-capacity Ford Classroom, on different ways to digitally communicate and present your research to the world. The topic of developing and maintaining a personal digital presence, and creating digital communities was particularly of interest to the audience. The panel discussion was followed by break out sessions which covered different online venues and tools discussed earlier.

Marc Lee Raphael Skypes Bill of Rights expert and W&M Alum to weigh in on poetry class

Religious Studies Professor Marc Lee Raphael teaches a class session on the poetry of Leonard Cohen. One poem, "Dear Diary," from the Book of Longing, describes how the narrator considers his diary to be "Holier than the Bill of Rights." So why not bring GW University Law Professor and expert on the First Amendment in to talk about the poem? Professor Raphael Skyped in Professor Tuttle (W&M Class of 1985)for an engaging poetry explication session on Thursday, September 29. For more information on this kind of micro-Skype session, contact your eLearning Specialist

Faculty members explore Panopto for instructional videos

The addition of Panopto to IT's suite of academic technology tools enables instructors to digitally capture lectures, presentations, and screencasts. Recent faculty user Andrea Wright (Anthropology) leveraged Panopto to record a guest lecturer so out of class students could benefit from the lecture content at their convenience. Wright reports that the user experience is easy and she looks forward to using Panopto again for future speakers and her own lectures. In her words, "I was very impressed by many of [Panopto's] features. I was able to record right from my course’s Blackboard site and it took seconds to upload the video. Students reported that it was easy to watch the video, and they liked that Panopto displayed both the speaker and the speaker’s PowerPoint simultaneously." For more information on using Panopto for instructional videos, please visit IT's Panopto page.

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W&M launches Poll Everywhere as new student response system

Eleven faculty members from various departments will utilize the student response system Poll Everywhere (PollEv) this semester. The University recently adopted PollEv as the supported student response system to provide another pathway for student engagement and feedback. Current faculty users include Tracy Sohoni, Tom Linneman, Sal Saporito, Clay Clemens, Camilla Buchanan, Sarah Menefee, Dayle Hancock, David Armstrong, Becky Jiron, Mark Greer and Joe Jones. To hear more about implementing PollEv, please contact Adam Barger.

Paul Heideman explores agile technology in the classroom

Paul Heideman continues his exploration of using new technology alongside traditional practices to enable a fast moving classroom environment where students can outline, illustrate and present microtalks to their peers. Paul's students have 12 minutes to outline and illustrate their 1-minute, 1-figure presentations using pen and paper. The illustrations are then captured and projected using an iPad during their talks. These microtalks leverage the iPad's unobtrusiveness to provide students a venue to sharpen their presentation and oral communication skills in a low stress environment.

Fall eLearning workshop series kicks off

The Fall 2016 eLearning Workshop Series got off to a very successful start with the first workshop, "Engaging Students with Visual Media." Participants nearly filled the Cox classroom in Swem Library to capacity. The topic was well received, with faculty presenters Gene Tracy and Mike Butler talking about their classroom incorporation of visual media. Please contact Adam Barger or Pablo Yañez if you have any questions.

eLearning@WM represented at Elon T&L conference

As part of an eLearning exchange effort between William & Mary and Elon University, Elon's annual Teaching and Learning conference included a presentation on APeL's work with faculty members interested in real-time assessment practices. eLearning Specialist Adam Barger shared strategies from Wiliam & Mary faculty members Tom Linneman and Linda Morse.

Stephanie Blackmon engages online students with Google Classroom

School of Education Professor Stephanie Blackmon is experimenting with Google Classroom. She says the goal is to "streamline communication in my online courses and make it easier for students to connect with each other for enhanced class community, connect with course materials, and upload various types of assignments (multimedia assignments, etc.)​." We look forward to hearing about her experiences as the semester progresses.

Digital lab notebooks for Saha's biology courses

Margaret Saha of the Biology department is continuing her exploration, begun in 2015, of replacing her paper lab notebooks with digital lab notebooks. Benchling offers digital lab notebooks, or electronic lab notebooks, which are hosted in the cloud and allow students and professors access from anywhere, incorporation of images and annotation, and since they're in the cloud, the dog can't eat your homework. Interested faculty members can contact Professor Saha or visit http://benchling.com

New faculty orientation

Swem Library hosted a new faculty orientation on Tuesday, August 16. The faculty members received introductions to library resources (Lisa Nickel and Ann Marie Stock), the Center for the Liberal Arts (Christine Nemacheck), IT resources (Kristy Walker), and the Office of the Associate Provost for eLearning (Adam Barger). New faculty members who were unable to attend or who have questions can contact their eLearning Specialist for information.

APeL welcomes Office Administrator Nataki Hill

The Office of the Associate Provost for eLearning is happy to welcome their new Office Administrator, Nataki Hill, who is already busy at work helping the group transition to their new offices on the first floor of Morton Hall.

Theatre program plays with online tutorials [video]

Theatre Professor Matt Allar is working with our APeL eLearning team to look into producing how-to videos for the equipment students use in the Theatre Department. A test run on setting up your drafting table is available now.

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Gearing up to teach asynchronously

After a successful synchronous online dissertation writing class last semester, this semester, Sarah Glosson will move her lectures to an asynchronous model and reserve synchronous online meeting times for discussion and student led conversation. If you'd like more information on Sarah's class or online teaching, contact APeL at elearning@wm.edu

Six Faculty Members Complete Online Teaching Fundamentals Course

Several William & Mary faculty recently completed the spring offering of "Fundamentals of Online Teaching (FoOT)", an online certificate course offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Participants included six faculty members in the School of Education: Johnston Brendel, Gail Hardinge, Mark Hofer, Denise Johnson, Jacqueline Rodriguez, and Carol Tieso.

VIMS Brownbag: Diving Deep into Student Engagement and Collaboration

On Wednesday, June 22, VIMS faculty, graduate students and staff members participated in a brownbag session that explored methods and tools that can be used to expand student engament and collaboration. The topics covered are applicable in both traditional classroom environment, as well as blended or online courses. Instructional Designer Ali Briggs and eLearning Specialist Pablo Yañez presented the hour-long brownbag session, which was followed by a lively and productive discussion. Departments who would like to explore instructional design in their own classes should contact Ali [[acbriggs]] for more information.

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Introducing Dr. Adam Barger

We are proud to announce that APeL eLearning Specialist and Program Manager Adam Barger successfully defended his dissertation on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from the School of Education at the College of William & Mary. Congratulate him if you get a chance!

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Peter Kemper on Piazza messaging tool

Professor of Computer Science Peter Kemper recently stopped by APeL offices to talk about one of his favorite tools for student collaboration and engagement, Piazza. Piazza is a message board that allows students in Professor Kemper's computer science courses to ask questions and get help from him and their peers on class projects.

Math Department to deploy online readiness evaluations this summer

The Math Department will be deploying student self-evaluation tests on Blackboard starting this summer to help students self-assess their readiness to take calculus and point them to resources in the event they still need some help before starting this crucial but challenging course. Interested parties should contact Marylou Zapf for more information regarding implementation.

Online courses set for proctoring solution

Faculty members teaching online courses this summer are gearing up to use Proctorio, an online proctoring service, that is linked in to Blackboard. Randy Coleman, Till Schreiber and Peter Kemper all attended a workshop led by APeL's Ali Briggs to go over some of the finer details of the proctoring service. Contact APeL for more info.

Online A&S Courses Launch for Summer I Term

Six fully online undergraduate courses in the Arts & Sciences began on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The courses and instructors are as follows: AFST 205 – Intro to Africana Studies, Iyabo Osiapem; AFST 306 – Black Nature Writers, Jacquelyn McLendon; CSCI 301 – Software Development, Peter Kemper; ECON 102 – Principles: Macroeconomics, Till Schreiber; and ENGL 303 – History of English Language, Iyabo Osiapem. More than 120 students are enrolled in the courses, which are five weeks in length and delivered through Blackboard. Four additional online courses will be offered during the Summer II term. Contact Instructional Designer Ali Briggs (acbriggs@wm.edu) for more information.

Francie Cate-Arries and Mike Blum present collaborative work at IT division meeting

Lots of folks in our wonderful IT Department don't always get to see what our faculty members do with the robust infrastructure and tools IT maintains 24/7. Professor Francie Cate-Arries and eLearning Specialist Mike Blum presented their various technology enhanced collaborations at the May IT Division Meeting to thank our IT groups for their important work and show them the kinds of things they do that our academic mission counts on every day.

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Chemistry Labs: Instructional Videos

Professors Douglass Young and Jordan Walk will be collaborating with eLearning staff members Ali Briggs and Pablo Yañez this summer to develop the first set of instructional videos and online assessment for Chemistry 103 labs. The initial goal is to produce 3-4 instructional videos related to lab safety, lab equipment, and experiment theory and calculations that students can view before their lab sessions during Fall 2016. Student understanding of the concepts presented in the videos will be assessed using Blackboard quizzes. The goal of these instructional videos and assessments is to better prepare students to conduct lab experiments, while freeing up lab time currently used to present this information.

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Two eLearning Staff Members Attend the OLC Innovate Conference

Ali Briggs, Instructional Designer, and Karen Conner, Associate Director of eLearning for the School of Business, attended the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate Conference on April 20-22, which took place in New Orleans, LA. OLC is a professional organization devoted to quality online learning by providing a number of professional development opportunities and best practice publications. William & Mary is an institutional member of the OLC. The conference focused on innovations in blended and online learning and more than 1,300 professional attended. Visit onlinelearningconsortium.org to learn more about the OLC.

3D visualization brings the world into the classroom

Religious Studies Professor Mark McLaughlin is using Google Cardboard, a $15 cardboard viewfinder, to bring 3D, 360 degree renderings of important religious sites in India into the classroom to teach students about sacred spaces.

Targeted teaching session closes Spring eLearning workshop series

The final eLearning Workshop of the Spring series focused on using real-time feedback for targeted teaching. Faculty members explored strategies for formative and diagnostic assessment in order to inform their teaching and instructional methods. Faculty case studies that incorporated eLearning resources, including student response systems, Blackboard, and online discussion applications, served as a platform for discussion. To learn more about this workshop or other workshops from the Fall and Spring series, please visit www.wm.edu/elearning and explore workshops and seminars.

Barbette Spaeth: Teaching ancient languages with new technologies

Classical Studies Professor Barbette Spaeth is leveraging the handwriting functionality of the iPad to teach students some of the finer points of Latin poetry. By projecting her iPad screen in the classroom she is able to create an interactive experience for students teaching them how to identify accent marks and syllables in Latin poetry. If you're interested in trying out using an iPad, iPhone, or other tablet device in class, contact your eLearning specialist.

eLearning Minute Podcast now on SoundCloud

Listen to W&M faculty members working with the Office of the Associate Provost for eLearning on what they're doing in their classes to leverage technology in teaching and learning

Online Faculty use Panopto to Record Instructional Videos

Arts & Sciences faculty who teach summer online courses recently learned how to record instructional videos using Panopto and are in the process of recording screencasts for their courses. Panopto is a lecture-capture software application and video hosting platform that is fully integrated into Blackboard. Using Panopto as a way to deliver video content provides several instructional benefits.

eLearning Drop-In Sessions bring cool ideas to departments

The Office of eLearning has begun a series of eLearning Drop-in Sessions which we hope will be popular with faculty members and departments. once a week during the semester, each of our eLearning specialists will drop in on departments to show them cool gadgets, software, and tools to help them think creatively about their classes and research

Crowd Sourcing Research Panel Discussion

Government Professor Marcus Holmes moderated a panel discussion on using Amazon's Mechanical Turk on Friday, April 1st. Mechanical Turk, a crowd sourcing tool commonly used in the field of political science and other social sciences allows researchers to set up surveys to be taken online by paid survey takers. Government Professor Dan Maliniak and Jaime Settle discussed the uses and unethical abuses of this tool with guest Joshua Kertzer, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University.

Teaching Project Faculty on Laptops and Classrooms

Applied Science Associate Professor Leah Shaw introduced a panel of faculty members that discussed their experiences with the use of student laptops in the classroom. The panel included professors Tyler Frazier (ITPIR), Matt Aller (Theater, Speech and Dance), and Drew LaMar (Biology). Presenter focused on their specific course's needs and goals, and how they found these were or were not suited to being addressed with the use of student laptops. They also spoke about classroom management strategies they used to try to reduce the distraction potential these devices can create in the classroom. Presentations were followed by a lively discussion based on audience questions and comments. One notable discussion included the importance of challenging students by having each student work out how to configure their computer for the tasks at hand, rather than being given College owned computers were preconfigured.

W&M Hack team shines at regional hack-a-thon

After placing 3rd in the Lindsay Institute Caring for the Caregiver Hack March 18-20, the William and Mary team was invited to participate in the Aging 2.0 Global Innovation Summit in Richmond on April 7th. They will be pitching their idea for Simply Connected- a simple smartphone interface that can be managed from afar bridging the gap among the older adult population and smart phone use. To learn more about the team and their efforts, please contact team sponsor Assistant Professor of Sociology Libby Yost.

Videoconferencing makes long distance poetry reading a reality

On Thursday, March 24, French students participated in a video-conference in the Millennium Classroom with renowned francophone poet Fredric Gary Comeau. Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Nathan Rabalais applied to the program "Rendez-vous littéraire" organized by the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, a governmental agency in Quebec, Canada that promotes French language. Students in FREN 391 (Literatures and Popular Cultures of Francophone North America) read and analyzed Comeau's latest book of poetry Dérive novembre and asked questions to author regarding his work and writing process.

Russian Studies Program holds its 4th Annual Russian Language Olympics

The Russian and Post Soviet Studies Program held its 4th Annual Russian Language Olympics on Saturday, March 26. This one day extravaganza features students at all levels of Russian language study competing in events like Russian Jeopardy, Russian language skits and debates. The event relies heavily on eLearning components from online collaborative tools for the organizers to video postcards from alumni working and studying around the world.

Mason Business School students partner with Indonesian students on sustainable tourism project

Mason School of Business Professor Don Rahtz is teaching a course that partners William & Mary students with Indonesian undergraduate students at Prasetiya Mulya Business School (PMBS) in Jakarta. The students are working on a project to develop business plans for sustainable tourism in Indonesia. The teams will explore how to launch tourism programs in yet to be developed geographic regions (Old City of Jakarta) and how to sustain tourism, while protecting valuable environmental assets, in fully developed geographic areas (Bali). Presentations by mixed global student teams will be given to representatives of the Ministry of Tourism in Bali near the end of the overseas program. Our students will spend three weeks in Indonesia and Singapore from May 16 - June 4, 2016.

Provost's eLearning Committee Student Focus Groups

During the month of March faculty members from the Provost's eLearning Committee are meeting with diverse groups of undergraduate and graduate students. In these sessions, students are sharing their eLearning experiences both at William and Mary and beyond. APeL is partnering with faculty in these sessions to better understand how our students feel about all aspects of eLearning.

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CLA Workshop on unleashing creativity yields interesting discussions

Professors Bruce Campbell and Paul Mapp hosted a workshop on Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday March 31 on using the COLL 100 course format to unleash creativity in both faculty and students. Some main themes were how to grade non-written (digital) communication projects and how to get past the need to be an expert in the topic and teach students the power of inquiry.

Computer Science's Peter Kemper uses Piazza for Online Communication

Computer Science Professor Peter Kemper has been using Piazza in his courses since the 2014 fall semester. Piazza is a free web-based Q&A platform that allows students to ask, answer, and explore solutions together under the guidance of an instructor. To learn more about Piazza, contact Peter Kemper or an APeL staff member.

Community Forum: Suzanne Raitt on blended learning (video)

On Thursday, March 17, Professor of English Literature Suzanne Raitt and several of her students presented their experiences teaching and learning in a blended English Literature class. Blended courses are a hybrid of in-class and online, and have advantages of both.

eLearning Faculty Seminar participants leverage eLearning resources for UDL

As the Spring eLearning Faculty Seminar nears its fourth session, participants are working in interdisciplinary groups to complete projects anchored in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Many participants, such as School of Education Assistant Professor Lindy Johnson, have chosen to use digital tools and resources to facilitate their approach. Professor Johnson’s goal of creating an online Lesson Planning 101 module will scaffold students’ experiences and help them turn knowledge into effective pedagogy. For more information on UDL or the eLearning Faculty Seminars sponsored by APeL, please contact Mike Blum or Adam Barger.

Economics professor explores OER options for eLearning

Bryan Weber, Assistant Professor of Economics, is interested in more affordable access to textbooks for students in his Microeconomics courses. As a recent recipient of an Open Educational Resource (OER) grant to explore OER resources, Professor Weber will evaluate the potential of an OpenStax Microeconomics textbook paired with online supplemental materials from Sapling Learning. To learn more about this exploration, please contact Bryan Weber or APeL staff member Adam Barger.

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March eLearning Workshop on Collaborative Annotation

On March 15 and 16, Professors Sharon Zuber and Pam Eddy collaborated with eLearning team members April Lawrence, Jamison Miller, and Mike Blum in our second eLearning workshop of the semester, in which we explored some concepts, best practices, and innovative tools in collaborative annotation.

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Teaching the diplomacy of Twitter

Prof. Marcus Holmes uses Twitter, Facebook, and other social media tools to help students explore the world of diplomacy. In this video, Prof. Holmes discusses some of the interesting research his students are doing using these media outlets to examine how nations present themselves to the world.

William & Mary represents at CHEP conference

The recent Conference of Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP) featured many speaker and workshops reporting on eLearning experiences and initiatives. Several William & Mary faculty, staff, and students attended the conference and presented their work. Highlights included examinations of ePortfolios, web-based student engagement tools, and digital tools for large classes. For information on CHEP and this year’s proceedings, please visit http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/.

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eLearning Workshop: Instructional Presentation Design

At the February eLearning workshop, about 20 faculty and staff members discussed best practices for instructional presentation design. The session focused on reducing extraneous cognitive load by applying effective instructional and graphic design principles to presentation slides. APeL staff members Adam Barger and Ali Briggs facilitated the session, and faculty members Chuck Bailey, Brent Kaup, and Fabricio Prado shared their experiences and presentation examples. For more information about eLearning workshops, please visit the eLearning workshop page.

Small Hall Makerspace open for innovation

It’s hard to resist the infectious energy, sense of wonder and joy that Wouter Deconinck and Josh Erlich bring to almost every conversation, but once they start talking about the Small Hall Makerspace, I can't imagine anyone not joining in their enthusiasm. For this very reason you'd be hard pressed to find a better pair to host a place “where people with common interests can meet, socialize and/or collaborate… … the makerspace provides the tools, the makers bring their creativity.”

Universal Design for Learning Seminar Group now meeting

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) seminar group facilitated by Mark Hofer and Jonathan Arries and funded by APeL met for their first session on Monday, February 15. The group, consisting of 11 faculty members from around campus, is off to a great start in redesigning their syllabi to incorporate UDL into their classes.

Sociology professor announces Hack-a-thon Interest Meeting

Libby Yost, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, recently launched an effort to engage students in a Hack-a-thon competition sponsored by the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving. This will be Professor Yost's second year sponsoring a team of students in the Caring for the Caregiver Hack. Collegiate teams from across the commonwealth will compete in the 24 hour competition to develop new and innovative technology to assist in caregiving. Winning teams are awarded prizes and the opportunity to work with investors to build their idea into reality. According to Professor Yost, "this is an opportunity for students to translate that classroom knowledge into 'real world' matters." For information about this opportunity, please contact Libby Yost.

Spring '16 Poll Everywhere pilot group launches

Faculty involved with the Poll Everywhere pilot project recently launched this semester's exploration of the student response system. Twelve faculty members joined the pilot this semester while eight faculty and staff continued from the Fall. Several pilot members gathered recently to discuss experiences and share ideas. For more information about APeL's Poll Everywhere pilot, please contact Adam Barger

Modern Languages brownbag on instructional design

On Friday, January 29, Modern Languages and Literatures faculty members participated in a brownbag session in instructional design focused on translating your syllabus to a well-structured Blackboard course site. Instructional Designer Ali Briggs and Academic Technologist Mike Blum facilitated the session. Departments who would like to explore instructional design in their own classes should contact Ali [[acbriggs]] for more information.

William L. Stauffer, Jr. Launches Online Business Law Course

Clinical Associate Professor and experienced business trial attorney William L. Stauffer, Jr. launched an online offering of Business Law at the beginning of the 2016 spring semester. Stauffer has been teaching Business Law for several years, but this is his first time teaching a course online. Students taking the course are enrolled in the Master of Accounting program (MAcc) at the Mason School of Business. They required a more flexible learning option while completing their winter field experience off-campus.

Prof. Stephanie Blackmon on Student Response Systems

Congratulations to Stephanie Blackmon, whose article reporting her use of student response systems last semester was just published in Educause Review! If you’d like to learn more about the Poll Everywhere pilot (which includes over 20 faculty), please reach out to Adam Barger, APeL’s project manager for this pilot. {{http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/1/personal-response-systems-and-student-engagement}}

Shark Tank comes to Psych Department

Catherine Forestell and Chris Conway are co-teaching a Psychology 100 class this semester in which students will prepare "Shark Tank" type product pitches. These pitches will be accompanied by student produced multimedia websites to help "sell" their products.

Universal Design for Learning seminar set for Spring (Video)

January 11, 2016: Mark Hofer (SOE) and Jonathan Arries (Hispanic Studies) will be facilitating a faculty seminar on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) this Spring. They are currently working with APeL's Adam Barger and Mike Blum on getting things up and running. A call for participants will be going out later this week, but interested faculty members can contact Adam at [[apbarger]]

Eight faculty members complete online teaching fundamentals course

William & Mary faculty preparing to teach online recently completed "Fundamentals of Online Teaching (FoOT)", an online certificate course. Participants included faculty in the Arts & Sciences, the Mason School of Business, and the School of Education: Lindy Johnson, Ken Kambis, Kim Mihyeon, Larry Leemis, Jacquelyn McLendon, Molly Swetnam-Burland, Alex Woods, and Sharon Zuber. The FoOT course, offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides a practical introduction to the foundational knowledge and skills needed to be an effective online instructor.

Sociology faculty and students emphasize design in capstone projects

Students in the Sociology capstone course conceptualize, design, and implement independent research projects. Sociology Professors Jennifer Bickham Mendez and Monika Gosin extend this academic process by encouraging sound design and communication of results using digital presentations. According to Prof. Bickham Mendez, "the class emphasizes that it is not just the content on a given PowerPoint slide that is key, but how the information is conveyed." Through emphasizing presentation design skills as part of the communication process, Sociology faculty seek to equip students with communication skills that are useful in academic settings and beyond.

Poll Everywhere pilot final meeting of the semester highlights successes

The first semester of our Poll Everywhere pilot is wrapping up, and the final lunch forum of the semester on Monday, December 14 highlighted some of the successes over the past several months. Approximately 20 faculty members used the software to engage over 1,500 students with students and logged over 60,000 poll responses. Both faculty and students were generally satisfied with the integration of Poll Everywhere into their classes.

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eLearning Workshop: Teaching and Learning Using Instructional Videos

On December 8th and 9th, about 40 faculty members attended a workshop highlighting ways in which their fellow faculty members are currently using videos to enhance learning in their courses. Highlighted faculty members included Jim Barber, Randy Coleman, Mark Hofer, David Long, Paul Manna, Iyabo Osiapem, Brent Owens, and Bill Stauffer

Faculty members discuss online assessment in last session of seminar series

On Friday, December 4th, faculty members preparing to teach online courses met to discuss online assessment in the last session of the online course design seminar series. Participants included Mihyeon Kim, Larry Leemis, Molly Swetnam-Burland, Alex Woods, and Sharon Zuber. The session focused on types of assessment and designing assessments for an online environment.

Anthropology students explore nontraditional communication with digital tools

Professor Martin Gallivan equips his students for communicating complex archaeological concepts through COLL 100 assignments using digital presentations, websites, and podcast creation. Students in his Fall 2015 Archaeology of the Anthropocene course use eLearning resources to build a digital presence focused on their assigned topics. APeL staff support Professor Gallivan and his students through Wordpress tutorials and podcast creation resources.

Faculty members discuss online content delivery and learning activities in seminar series

On Friday, November 20th, faculty members met to discuss online course design in the third of four seminar sessions. Participants included Lindy Johnson, Ken Kambis, Larry Leemis, Molly Swetnam-Burland, Alex Woods, and Sharon Zuber. The session focused on content delivery and learning activities in online courses. Accessible course design and Swem Library databases were among the topics discussed.

Modern Languages explores instructional design

On Thursday, November 19, during their departmental meeting, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures hosted a conversation about instructional design within their programs. Faculty members discussed the opportunities afforded by enlisting the help of instructional designers in their current classes. Among topics that the faculty members were interested in exploring were integrating online discussion and assessment tools into their courses. Instructional Designer Ali Briggs and Senior Academic Technologist Mike Blum were on hand to facilitate the discussion. A brown bag workshop is planned as a followup in the Spring.

Social Science Research Methods Center develops online modules

The Social Science Research Methods Center, with the support of the Charles Center through its May Seminar funding call, is currently developing a series of online modules for students on the concepts, skills, and software useful for conducting research in the social sciences. Six faculty members in the Government Department have helped create materials that will be posted to the site by the end of the semester. Each module is designed as a "stand alone" resource for students containing an introduction to a topic, sufficient to help jumpstart student learning on particular skills and methods. The SSRMC is led by Professors Jaime Settle and Marcus Holmes.

Dr. Cable Green from Creative Commons discusses OER

On Friday November 6th, William and Mary hosted Dr. Cable Green from Creative Commons to discuss the potentials and impacts of open educational resources.In the lively discussion, students pressed Dr. Green about issues of quality in open textbooks.

Sociology students experience the research process through mobile tools

Students in Professor Judith Hand's Sociology class benefit from participation in the full research experience. Professor Hand collaborates with students using the Qualtrics research suite. This platform allows for survey creation as well as mobile data collections and analysis. According to Professor Hand, this is a valuable experience because "first year students get a chance at doing their own research. Qualtrics is versatile enough to allow students who are still at an introductory level to have access to technology that allows them to refine their research ideas and "crunch" their own data."

Making the most of your presentations (video)

Biology Prof. Paul Heideman presented a workshop on best practices for in-class presentations. Faculty members from across campus participated in a fruitful discussion of the good and the bad of presentation tools like Powerpoint. Contact Pablo Yanez or Adam Barger for information about this workshop or upcoming opportunities.

Geology explores new research microscope cameras

Brent Owens and Chuck Bailey were faced with a dilemma when the Geology Department's aging petrographic microscope camera system recently failed. Here's how they solved the problem with far better results and at a fraction of the quoted price.

Faculty members discuss learning objectives and UDL in seminar series

On Friday, October 30th, faculty members met to discuss online course design in the second of four seminar sessions. Participants included Ken Kambis, Mihyeon Kim, Larry Leemis, Molly Swetnam-Burland, Alex Woods, and Sharon Zuber. This session focused on two topics important in online course design: learning objectives and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Anthropology faculty and students explore teaching and learning with technology

A recent brown bag lunch event organized by Professor Joe Jones brought together faculty, graduate students, and eLearning staff to discuss approaches to leveraging technology tools and resources in Anthropology courses. Topics included Universal Design for Learning, web-based discussion tools, student response systems, and technology/ pedagogy alignment.

W&M represents at JMU's Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference

William & Mary eLearning team members attended James Madison University's annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference on Monday, October 26. The conference was rich in ideas our eLearning group will be sharing with faculty in the coming weeks. Keynotes on storytelling with animation and perspectives from education technology companies were highlights.

Faculty members participate in online course design seminar

On Monday, October 19th, faculty members met to discuss online course design in the first of four seminar sessions. Participants included Lindy Johnson, Ken Kambis, Mihyeon Kim, Larry Leemis, Hermine Pinson, Molly Swetnam-Burland, and Sharon Zuber.

Visiting scholar Dr. Jane Hunter shares her research on "High Possibility Classrooms"

Dr. Jane Hunter, visiting scholar in Educational Technology, shared her research on "High Possibility Classrooms" in a public lecture in the School of Education on Tuesday, October 20th. For two years, Dr. Hunter conducted an ethnographic study of highly skilled K-12 teachers of technology-enhanced classrooms. She identified five domains of practice for these highly-skilled teachers. The research resulted in a five-pronged conceptual model for High Possibility Classrooms. You can learn more about Dr. Hunter's research and publications by visiting her website, High Possibility Classrooms.

The Makers Space

On Friday September 25, 2015 the William and Mary Physics department hosted an open house and tour of the Small Hall Makerspace.

Graduate dissertation writing class goes online

When the majority of the participants in Sarah Glosson's Graduate Dissertation Writing workshop turned out to be living and working away from Williamsburg, her solution was to host the workshop online using Adobe Connect. The class has 11 students and Sarah is doing a great job of keeping the conversation lively in her one day a week seminar.

Faculty pilot new student response system

Faculty members in several departments are currently involved in a pilot program to explore the web-based student response system (SRS) Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere is being used to engage students in unique discussion, feedback, and assessment formats. The eLearning team is excited to collaborate with faculty to learn more about the potential of SRSs at William & Mary.

Information Technology adopts mobile surveying by Qualtrics

All William & Mary Qualtrics user now have access to offline mobile surveying. This option is the result of a recent upgrade to the Qualtrics license funded by Information Technology. APeL is working with interested faculty to explore how this new technology intersects with their teaching and research interests.