July 14, 2024

Whalen, Blevins, and Skallerup Bessette Present at Computers and Writing Conference





Skallerup Bessette

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English; Brenta Blevins, Assistant Professor of English; and Lee Skallerup Bessette, Instructional Technology Specialist, recently gave presentations that constituted a panel at the 2018 Computers and Writing Conference, held at George Mason University.

The session was titled “Locating Digital Writing Space,” and the presenters talked about the origins of the Console Living Room project, using Augmented Reality with students to expand and complicate their sense of that space, and the ethos of Domain of One’s Own as digital writing space.

What a Controversy Over an App Tells Us About How Students Learn Now

The Case For Education (Diverse Education.com)

Can a New Approach to Information Literacy Reduce Digital Polarization? (EdSurge.com)

Open Enrollment dates set PLUS Individual sessions with TIAA (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Bessette Publishes Review of Comics Collection

Lee Skallerup Bessette, Instructional Technology Specialist in DTLT and adjunct instructor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, recently had her review of Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults published in The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship.

Read it here:


An Unconventional Approach: A Profile of Dr. Lee Skallerup Bessette (Women in Higher Education, September 2017 issue)


Ethical Online Learning Town Hall Nov. 1

UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technology invites you to our next Digital Liberal Arts town hall conversation. We will be joined by an international group with experience researching online education, teaching online, teaching MOOCs, administering online programs and more. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. in the HCC Digital Auditorium.

Elizabeth Losh, William & Mary
Sean Michael Morris, Middlebury College
Kate Bowles, University of Wollongong, Australia
Alan Levine, Independent Speaker and Consultant

Together, they will push us to think about new approaches to online learning. Panelists will each offer short position statements before engaging our community in an open conversation moderated by DTLT Executive Director Jesse Stommel.

Some of the questions we’ll consider include:

What would a liberal arts-inflected online program look like? How can we imagine online learning that is “high-touch,” “socially engaged,” “critical” and “active”? How would such a program be functionally and pedagogically different than a conventional online program? What are some of the models for this kind of work?

What does online teaching look like? What are the possible pitfalls? What are the challenges in administering online programs? How can we effectively integrate online learning at on-ground institutions?

If you can’t make it in person, the discussion will be live-streamed and available here: http://umwdtlt.com/live/

And you can join the backchannel on Twitter with #DoOO.

Full schedule of the Town Halls and Design Sprints in the Digital Liberal Arts Series: http://umwdtlt.com/what-is-the-digital-liberal-arts/

Skallerup Bessette Publishes Book on Poet Anne Hébert

Lee Skallerup Bessette, Instructional Technology Specialist in the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, had her book A Journey in Translation: Anne Hébert’s Poetry in English published by the University of Ottawa Press at the end of August. Details are available at https://press.uottawa.ca/a-journey-into-translation-3368.html.

TTI Month

Teaching, Technology & Innovation Month, hosted by DTLT is April! See the attached flier for information about the programs that will take place on March 30, April 4, April 5, April 8, April 13, April 22 and April 30.