The Many Faces of UMW Blogs

Three years into UMW Blogs, this presentation will explore innovative uses, case studies, and, hopefully, seed ideas for future publishing projects.

Student Publishers

Looking at ongoing experiments with the Practices in Literary Publishing course as well as the Creative Writing Workshop (a.k.a Ethershop), this presentation will examine the emerging reality that our students at UMW are increasingly becoming publishers read widely on the open web.  And the fact raises some interesting questions about how we think through the implications of student publishing for teaching and learning more generally.

Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences, and Some of the Perils of Web 2.0 Teaching

Definitions of Web 2.0 abound, and while all stress different features of the experience, many of the same notions recur—”read/write,” interactivity, dynamic participation, social mediation, collective intelligence, and so forth.  Are some of these also the features of what might be called a Web 2.0 class experience? If so, what are the potential pedagogical choices that might get in the way of achieving the dynamic, interactive, and collaborative experience that is the hoped for result in a Web 2.0 teaching environment?  This presentation reviews three cases in which I used the UMW Blogs platform in recent classes, summarizes the results of those experiences, and reflects on a few of the decisions that may have had the unintended consequence of inhibiting rather than promoting a “2.0 experience” for the students.


This presentation discusses our experiences with @ UMW a first-year seminar based on the wildly popular TED site.  We will discuss the role of social media, the integration of UMW Blogs, our experiences with linked FSEMs, and the applicability of TED as a site for teaching and learning.

A Class Exhibit : Individual Work toward a Common Online Exhibit

In this presentation, I’ll discuss the way that my History of American Technology and Culture class presented their individual work using a common “lightly hacked” custom WordPress theme. This template allowed students to work on their own research projects, while allowing the class to create a fairly seamless exhibit for the semester.

A Domain of One’s Own

This panel discussion will talk about an experiment with UMW Blogs that centers around faculty and students mapping their own domains to a blog site. The experiment is centered around thinking about the implications of digital identity as well as what it means to have and cultivate your professional and personal online presence.

Fairytales about Cooking with Monsters & Math: Blogging in the Freshman Seminar

Professors Maya Mathur, Kelli Slunt, and Leanna Giancarlo will be discussing how they have used blogging as a supplemental resource around sharing resources and building community. More importantly, each of their sites frames some very interesting stories, cool videos, and a more gernal sense of allowing the students to use the open web as a way to bring the onversation already happening on the wider internet into conversation with the class.

Here come the Blogs!: A Panel Discussion About Re‑thinking Course Spaces

Donald Rallis, Jami Bryan and Melina Patterson will discus the ways in which they have been experimenting with course spaces that are using blogging software to accomplish a series of tasks traditionally relegated to the LMS. The conversation will examine the strengths and weaknesses of such an approach as well as an opportunity to share ideas and build upon a more fundamental re‑thinking of how we conceptualize blogs here at UMW.