|Join me today, Thursday, November 29th, for a one-hour live and
Jim is the director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and
adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
He has been working for over fifteen years in education with a consistent
focus on the development of teaching and learning in higher education.
In addition to his extensive experience teaching at the college level, for
the past eight years he has worked primarily in the field of instructional technology.
We’re going to focus tonight (but not exclusively) on the
“A Domain of One’s Own” pilot project from the University of Mary Washington,
a collaborative effort between the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies
and the Office of Information Technology Services. This is a topic I’ve been
presenting on myself at conferences (often with Alice Keeler)
which we’ve alternatively called “Your Personal Web Presence” or “Your
Digital Profile,” and which is the main focus of the Saturday free
workshops I’m doing on my http://www.HackYourEducation.com
tour. My experiences with helping people (mostly educators) develop a
“domain of their own” has been fascinating–there’s a tangible
emotional excitement that is very fun to be a part of as sometimes years
of wanting (but being afraid) to get started turn into reality.
“A Domain of One’s Own” will give 400 students and faculty their
own domain name and web space to install a portfolio of work or map to
existing systems. They believe this pilot project will give students the
flexibility to build out their “e-portfolio” using a variety of software and
approaches in a space that gives them the power to easily migrate and
transport that data when they graduate. Look for continuing updates on this
project at umwdomains.com as the pilot
Jim’s recent projects also include the Digital Storytelling course ds106 that has
innovated around the idea of turning a course into an open, networked
community; working with faculty at UMW to implement UMW Blogs, a
multi-user blogging environment (powered by WordPress, an open source
publishing platform) designed to provide a web-authoring solution to faculty and
students that is flexible and open; and working with Claudia Emerson,
professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, on a “technology
lab” in which four groups of students built their own online literary journals.
You can see more of my projects here. (From his bio at the domain of his own.)
See you online!
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