UNFIS 2013 – Keynote Archive

ds106: This Course Could Be Your Life {keynote abstract}

All too often technology becomes a tool fetish or a solution to a problem, this presentation will examine how neither of these approaches is particular meaningful when it comes to creating a learning community. Using the example of the digital storytelling community/course (http://ds106.us), this presentation will demonstrate how a 25 person course at a small liberal arts college in Virginia became a global learning community. The power of teaching and learning online is not about the shiny object or the solution-minded endgame, but rather the possibility to transcend them both through human interaction on a scale hitherto unimaginable.

Jim Groom 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.

His experience as an instructor coupled with his extensive collaborations with faculty and students with a specific focus on curricula, pedagogical and technologically enhanced projects has informed much of the innovative work he has been a part of in the field of instructional technology over the last several years.

Jim has been part of a number of exciting projects at the University of Mary Washington. In 2006 he started the web-based educational publishing platform ELS Blogs for the English Linguistics and Speech department at UMW. This pilot project led to the development of UMW Blogs in 2007 which has since become an enterprise level academic publishing platform. In 2008 the madness that was EDUPUNK was attributed to the writings on my personal blog bavatuesdays. In 2010 Jim re-imagined the Computer Science 106 course on Digital Storytelling at UMW as an open, online community referred to as ds106—an experiment in teaching and learning on the web that is still going strong and has been celebrated internationally as a compelling community based approach to online learning. Finally, he is currently part of an initiative at the University of Mary Washington called A Domain of One’s Own, that will give all incoming Freshman their own domain and web hosting account. You can see more of his projects here.

For a clearer picture of Jim’s approach to teaching and learning technologies in higher education take a look at a selection of presentations and interview he has given over the past seven years.

Jim writes regularly about his work as an instructional technologist–in addition to several other interests including film, literature, and media of all kinds–on his personal blog bavatuesdays.

You can view Jim’s Keynote presentation here, and watch his keynote below:

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