Thursday, November 29, 2012

Interview Tonight - Jim Groom on "A Domain of One's Own," ds106, and More

Join me today, Thursday, November 29th, for a one-hour live and interactive 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 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 as the pilot unfolds.

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.)

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 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.
Mightybell:  The Mightybell space with resources is at
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 is at

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