Pulling out your phone in class can be a good thing

Especially to respond to a Poll Everywhere question. Poll Everywhere is a student response system that lets students use their laptops and phones instead of clickers. Mark Greer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, explains that he doesn’t see the technology as a distraction because most students are on their laptops anyway taking notes. “They’re not on Twitter or Facebook or anything like that when we’re doing Poll Everywhere ... so this is a productive use of the device." Phones and laptops can help engage the class when used effectively.

W&M students collaborate to win international iGem competition

A diverse team of William & Mary undergraduate students got together last year to win the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem) competition. In this showcase, several of the student participants tell us how.

Economics reboot: Affordable OER and digital resources

Bryan Weber is an Assistant Professor of Economics at William and Mary who received a grant from Swem Library supported by the Provost's Creative Adaption Fund. Swem offered 18 grants of $1,000 to professors interested in implementing OER (Open Educational Resources) into their classrooms. OER are free high quality textbooks accessible online.

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Everyone is on Twitter. Even diplomats: Marcus Holmes and digital diplomacy

Everyone is on Twitter. Even diplomats. "Traditionally if you wanted to study diplomacy you either had to be in the meeting itself, you had to look at a declassified transcripts, or you had to talk to somebody who was there," he says. "One of the neat things about digital diplomacy is because its happening on Twitter, my students can go on Twitter and look at what diplomats are tweeting." In this way students can engage first hand with diplomats and see the ways in which they interact with each other.

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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.”

Video Spotlight: Fred Lederer on the Center for Legal and Court Technology

Frederic Lederer is the founder and director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT) formerly knows as the Courtroom 21 Project. The project includes William and Mary's McGlothlin Moot Courtroom: the most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom in the world. Lederer joined the College of William and Mary as a faculty member in 1980. In 1993, Lederer founded the CLCT which Lederer says is "designed to help improve the administration of justice with appropriate technology."

Tom Linneman updates teaching style with Poll Everywhere

Sociology professor Thomas Linneman is a fan of Poll Everywhere, a student response system that allows students to use laptops or smartphones to respond to professors’ questions in class. Professor Linneman’s class is the largest in the recently launched Poll Everywhere pilot program, with over 180 students. “I can’t imagine teaching a class this size without Poll Everywhere,” Linneman explained, as he praised the program for its ability to facilitate student interaction and the comfort that anonymous responses can give students.

Creating Community in a Graduate Practicum Experience

Gail Hardinge, Clinical Faculty in School Psychology and Executive Director of Stem Education Alliance, discusses how two W&M technology tools help her create a sense of community and social presence in the graduate practicum experience. While students may be placed in different geographic locations, Gail used WordPress through WM Blogs to create a class blog, and used Adobe Connect, an online web meeting tool, to hold virtual meetings.

Peer Editing in WM Apps

Sharon Zuber, Senior Lecturer of English and Director of the Writing Resources Center, shares her instructional approach for integrating online peer editing into a face to face writing class. Sharon leveraged the Google tools available to all W&M students through their WM Apps accounts to set up a system for peer group peer editing through Blackboard and shared Google Docs.

Flipped Instruction in a Graduate Level Education Course

Jim Barber, Professor of Higher Education, shares how to engage students using a flipped classroom approach in a graduate education course. Jim discusses online tools and techniques that enhance learning and discussion for students.