eLearning Community Meeting – November 2013


Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents, joined us via videoconference on Friday, November 22, 2013, in a discussion: “Need an App? Teaching & Learning with Mobile Devices and Apps.” Dr. Melton has studied the pedagogy and best teaching practices related to mobilization and has acquired a new distinction as an “appologist.” She has received numerous teaching and technology awards. Her white paper on The Impact of Mobilization in Higher Education is available for download.  Please see the mobile page for access to the recording and presentation.

Personal Quote:

“Integrating technology into education requires a new approach to educational change that infuses new technologies with teaching and learning. How can any educator not be inspired to develop new and exciting ways to bring learning to life for and connect the classroom with a whole world of knowledge? Educators must understand the power of this technological transformation and apply it in redesigning institutions that meet the needs of today’s learners for tomorrow’s technological workforce.”

This was a great opportunity to learn more about mobile technology and its impact on students’ learning.

eLearning Community Meeting – October 2013


The W&M eLearning Community meeting was held on Friday, October 11, 2013.  Members engaged with our panel of participants from the Creative Adaptation Fund Summer Teaching Project and explored some of the teaching strategies and technologies that emerged from their summer work. According to April Lawrence, Senior Academic Technology Specialist and a member of our panel, one of the goals of the collaborative project is to root professional development in the actual experiences of our faculty here on campus who are exploring technology-enhanced teaching and learning.

Members of our panel included:

April Lawrence, Senior Academic Technology Specialist
Jamison Miller, PhD student, Higher Education
Sharon Zuber, Visiting Assistant Professor, English, and Director, Writing Resources Center
Troy Davis, Director, Swem Library Media Center

This was a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from others’ experiences.

Haiku Deck: Powerful Presentations with the iPad

A well-designed presentation can make all the difference in the effectiveness of a message. Too much text and a lack of high quality images in a presentation may cause the audience to wander and inhibit the presenter from conveying the full effect of the message. The problem is that putting together a well-designed presentation can be very time-consuming, and what if you just don’t have an eye for design? In the past, these factors might have constrained us—but not anymore, thanks to Haiku Deck!

What is Haiku Deck? Click through this short presentation (made in Haiku Deck) to find out:

Haiku Deck, a free iPad presentation app, allows iPad users to create stunning presentations like the one above in a fast, easy-to-use interface. Users enter the text for their presentation and Haiku Deck will search a database of high quality, free use images based on the words entered into the presentation. Or, users can search the Haiku Deck image database based on different words, take a picture with the iPad camera to insert, or pull images directly from their iPad, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or Picasa. Users may choose from a variety of pre-made layouts, themes, and fonts which make sophisticated design easy and fast for anyone. Once your presentation is created, you can easily share it by connecting your iPad to a projector, email, Facebook, Twitter, or by exporting it for use in other presentation software such as PowerPoint.

Haiku Deck is available for free in the App Store. Download it to create your own elegant presentation on your iPad in minutes.

To view more presentations created in Haiku Deck, visit the Haiku Deck Gallery.