February 28, 2021

Jim Groom Keynotes Regional Technology Conference

accs-2013_vegasJim Groom delivered the keynote presentation titled “A Domain of One’s Own: A Novel Approach to Open” at the Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia conference. This presentation contextualized the history of innovative work in UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies since 2004 to frame the current Domain of One’s Own pilot that will provide a domain and web hosting account to all Freshman and Transfer students come Fall 2013.

Jim Groom Presents at SUNY’s Online Summit Conference

Jim Groom presented a talk titled “Open by Design: Open Educational Experiences” at SUNY’s 14th annual Learning Network Summit for Online Learning conference on February 28th, 2013. Below are the slides for the talk and you can see a video archive of the session here.

Jim Groom Keynotes JMU’s Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference

Image Credit: Grover Saunders made this Animated GIF during the presentation with Echograph (neat!)

Jim Groom, director of the Division of teaching and Learning Technologies, delivered the keynote presentation at James Madison University’s 9th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology conference (you can see video of the presentation here). This presentation focused more specifically on the questions of universities outsourcing their expertise, how to design for online education, and how to build community online. The theme of the presentation was the overstatement of the death of higher ed in the media currently and how we can start to shed some of the reactionary rhetoric and start returning teaching and learning innovation to the colleges and universities rather than corporations like Pearson.

Slides from the presentation along with links are available below:

Open Call – Domain’s of One’s Own University Initiative

Open Dialogue – Domain’s of One’s Own has been rescheduled to November 15th, 4:00-5:30 in the Red Room.

Attend the Open Dialogue – Domain of One’s Own to learn about a groundbreaking UMW digital initiative sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTE & I) and the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT). A number of new domains and hosting will be established along with funding to incentivize this new initiative. There are now over 200 UMW students who have established their own domain names and bound their personal learning spaces to them. What’s more, there are ten professors who have piloted the initiative this semester by integrating it into their curriculum to varying degrees. Martha Burtis and Alan Levine have their students creating multimedia notebooks/portfolios of their work that they can they can continue to use or archive. Zach Whalen has his students creating their own web spaces that helps them take control and re-conceptualize digital identity. Rosemary Jesionowski is experimenting with art portfolios with her students, and several faculty in History are exploring the implications of their students managing and sharing their research as majors. Tying Domain of One’s Own into spaces that students own and take with them further reinforces teaching and learning doesn’t end at the university’s border. And when these students graduate their sites do not evaporate like discarded blue books. They live on as part of the students’ own personal clouds.

Open Dialogue panel members Jim Groom, Tim Owens, Martha Burtis, Mary Kayler, and Haley Campbell will give you an overview of the initiative designed to provide resources and support for faculty to develop a domain of their own. Building and designing your own professional and/or class spaces allows you to experiment, document, and innovate in the space of digital pedagogy and scholarship.

To incentivize this process, we are also having an Open Call for faculty to partner with DTLT and CTE & I in the development of a professional online presence. You will get your own domain, web hosting, and a stipend (not to mention support) to develop a professional online identity, ranging anywhere from an online CV/E-Portfolio to a sandbox to an alternative class space online. We are accepting applications from all levels of technology proficiency. We also encourage those who already have personal sites to apply in order to continue to develop out their online presence.  Please go here to apply for this initiative by no later than December 2nd, 2012 (11:55pm).

Additionally, becoming part of this initiative will enable you to be considered for CTE & I’s new Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship to be awarded Spring, 2012. The details surrounding the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship will be formally announced on November 16th on the Center’s website (http://academics.umw.edu/teach), but be sure to come on the 15th to get a sense of the initiative and how you might be able to participate.

This is an Open Call; everyone is welcome and invited to engage in this new initiative. Faculty who have limited technology expertise or faculty who have a well established website are encouraged to participate in this initiative. This is an opportunity to provide you with support (collegial, monetary, and resources) to engage in this important work.

Domain of One’s Own Co-sponsored Initiative includes:

  1. Successful completion of application (located on CTE & I and DTLE websites). Due: December 2, 2012 by 11:55pm.
  2. Agreement and participation in bi-monthly workshops that are designed to support your domain development and creation
  3. Construct a digital e-portfolio (aligned with Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship criteria)
  4. Upon successful completion faculty will receive a stipend.

Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Fellowship. CTE & I will award 2-5 Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship this spring semester. Award winners will receive $1,000.00 for the first year and $1,000.00 for professional development the following academic year. You can self-nominate or be peer nominated. You do not need to participate in the Domain of One’s Own initiative to be considered. However, you will need to have an e-portfolio that clearly meets the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Fellowship criteria.

Kind regards,

CTE & I and DTLT

DTLT Presents at ELI Fall Focus Session

A Culture of Innovation from umwnewmedia on Vimeo.

Martha Burtis, Jim Groom, Tim Owens and Andy Rush of UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT) presented on Tuesday, October 2 at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s Online Fall Focus Session on the theme of innovation in higher education. The basic question guiding the presentation, which was centered around the seven minute video above, was the following: how does a university like UMW consistently foster innovative projects like UMW Blogs, ds106, and, more recently, A Domain of One’s Own?

There’s no one adequate stock answer to such a question, so when preparing the presentation DTLT decided to interview students, faculty, and staff around campus to get a broader sense of the culture of innovation happening at UMW. What DTLT got in return for its labors was quite compelling. The video was shot and edited by Andy Rush, and it’s just a teaser for a much larger documentary that DTLT is planning on making this semester to start chronicling and narrating the culture of innovation at UMW.

Envision, Design, Print

Innovative 3-D print lab teaches the basics of circuitry while inspiring creativity.

The Intersection of Digital Literacy and Social Media (Campus Technology)

Jim Groom Talks Tech with Chronicle of Higher Education and Wired.com

Jim Groom, director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s first e-book “Rebooting the Academy: 12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses.” The Chronicle announced the book in its article “The Chronicle Releases Its First E-Book: ‘Rebooting the Academy’” on Wednesday, July 25.

Groom also is featured in the article “A Domain of One’s Own” on Wired.com.

The Chronicle Releases Its First E-Book: ‘Rebooting the Academy’ (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

A Domain of One’s Own (Wired.Com)