• Jim Groom

    Director of the Division of Teaching & Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington

    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. In addition to his experience teaching at the college level, he has for the past nine years worked primarily in the field of instructional technology. Groom has been part of a number of 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, EDUPUNK, a do it yourself attitude to teaching and learning practices, was attributed to a series of posts Groom wrote on his personal blog. In 2010, Groom 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 a community-based approach to online learning. Groom is currently part of an initiative at UMW called A Domain of One’s Own that will give all incoming freshman their own domain and web hosting account.


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