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Nicole Wilson, M.S.Ed.

Senior Instructional Designer
Phone: 540-568-5922

I am an instructional designer who specializes in new media design and pedagogy. I regularly design and facilitate immersive programs that explore the integration of digital storytelling in the curriculum. I believe we all have a story to tell. The art of storytelling is important in higher education because it encourages students to reflect on and engage with the content, which leads to the students having a deeper understanding of the content. I encourage faculty to implement assignments that allow students to share their stories.  I also collaborate with faculty from many disciplines to build creative and innovative digital assignments into the flipped classroom. These assignments encompass multimedia, photoblogging, student magazines, mapping and podcasts, and digital exhibits. When I am not flipping the classroom, I am creating new stories hiking and biking in the beautiful mountains of the Shenandoah Valley, where I occasionally flip my bike.

Areas of Expertise

While I facilitate and design workshops for the CIT, I am also available for individualized consultations.  Some specific areas of expertise include:

  • digital storytelling
  • digital assignments
  • course design and re-design
  • academic program design
  • wordpress
  • digital literacy skills

Presentations & Publications

Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation - November 21, 2013

Sloan-C Annual International Conference

Orlando, FL

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

JMU faculty, from a variety of disciplines, are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and imaginative web spaces to enhance teaching and scholarship.

Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation - October 15, 2013

OpenVA: Virginia’s Summit on Open and Digital Learning

University of Mary Washington

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

n this presentation, we will show how faculty are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and engaging web applications to support their teaching and scholarship. We will cover a wide range of topics and technologies; such as podcasting, video sharing, digital storytelling, digital scholarship, public history, social networking, Google maps, mobile-friendly themes, content upload from mobile devices, student journals and fanzines, the flipped blog, co-authoring, peer review, and more. Our demonstrations will highlight a couple of emerging trends within the JMU community. Multimedia assignments delivered online with a shelf-life extending beyond the semester are becoming more common. Students are creating video and audio files and sharing these on easily discoverable web sites. Students are also creating exhibits of carefully curated artifacts. WordPress is a place where scholarship is expressed. Unexpectedly, WordPress has also become an object of learning, a class assignment. Students in disciplines like Public Relations and Technical Communication are learning to build their own WordPress sites.

Build Your Own Network: Innovating the Liberal Arts - June 19, 2014

New Media Consortium Summer Conference

Portland, Oregon

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

Advances in technology in higher education often arise from dedicated interdisciplinary centers on research-intensive campuses. Since such focused resources are often beyond the mission and budget of liberal arts institutions, how can we foster technology-driven innovation at teaching-focused universities? Building on our research at such a campus, we propose that a viable answer is to marshal already-existing resources to build a research network that connects students, faculty, and campus organizations. Central to the success of this network, we argue, is sustaining a small interdisciplinary research team that promotes adaptable social media technologies as classroom and research practices.

Developing JMU Faculty One Click at a Time - October 10, 2011

Turning Technologies User Conference

San Diego, CA

Presented by: Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Nicole Wilson

From zero participants in workshops to fifteen plus in book talks and faculty forums, as Instructional and Educational Technologists at James Madison University, we have found creative ways to reach faculty when it comes to clicker training.  House calls have become the preferred method to obtain one-on-one personalized “how-to” training instead of a workshop that broadly covers everything.  Providing opportunities for the faculty to collaborate and share is in high demand among clicker users.  The switch from the typical workshop environment to more innovative sessions has sparked more interest in faculty use of clickers and more collaboration within departments.  

Assessing Faculty Needs: A Mixed Methods Approach - October 29, 2012

Library Assessment Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
October 29-31, 2012

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Nisa Bakkalbasi, Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Jason Kopp, Megan Rodgers, John Sessoms, Donna Sundre, Nicole Wilson

This paper reports on the usefulness of a mixed method research approach to gain an understanding of teaching needs of faculty related to Learning Management Systems (LMS). Instruction using a learning management system (LMS) is a growing practice at institutions of higher education and the technology needs that faculty have for online, blended and face-to-face environments are evolving. The purpose of this study is to investigate and determine faculty needs related to instructional technologies and specifically their needs for a LMS. In an attempt to consider multiple viewpoints, perspectives, and standpoints a mixed method needs assessment approach (that is, qualitative and quantitative methods) was employed.