A Domain of One’s Own- tonight

Join me today, Thursday, November 29th, for a one-hour live and

interactive FutureofEducation.com interview with Jim Groom.

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!


Steve Hargadon
Date: Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in   at http://futureofed.info. The   Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if   you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for   Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording and a portable   .mp3 will be available after the interview at http://www.futureofeducation.com.

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