Jim Groom is the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies 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 extensive experience teaching at the college level, for the past seven years he has worked primarily in the field of instructional technology. Recent projects include an intercampus collaborative course known affectionately as ds106, a “massive” open online digital storytelling course that re-thinks the intersection of the humanities and online, distributed community-based learning experiences. He was also instrumental in the development of UMW Blogs, a multi-user blogging environment designed to provide an academic web-authoring solution to faculty and students that is flexible and open. Jim regularly blogs about edtech, film, literature, toys, and whatever else interests him at bavatuesdays.com.

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