Learning Activity Types

In partnership with Dr. Judi Harris and a number of content expert collaborators, we have developed comprehensive taxonomies of learning activities in different content areas with technology possibilities. The site also includes links to publications and presentations that outlines the Learning Activity Types approach to planning for technology integration.


Center for Innovation in Learning Design

Along with my Colleague, Dr. Lindy Johnson, I co-direct the William & Mary School of Education Center for Innovation in Learning Design (CILD). The purpose of CILD is to envision, develop, implement, and assess innovative learning designs for students and educators. Two CILD projects are described below.



The Pathways Project at Warhill High School


Supported by a High School Innovation Planning Grant from the Virginia Department of Education, CILD has partnered with Warhill High School and the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools to design a pilot program focused on deeper learning, design thinking, blended learning and career exploration. The pilot launched in Fall 2016 with 100 ninth graders and will be expanded to the other two high schools in the division in 2017.



School Retool Evaluation

Funded by a grant from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Dr. Lindy Johnson and I are studying the emerging outcomes of the School Retool fellowship programs for secondary principals. Designed by IDEO and the at Stanford, School Retool is designed to help principals develop the mindsets to lead innovation for deeper learning in their schools. As part of our study, we are documenting the efforts of twenty middle and high school principals from across Virginia as they innovate towards deeper learning.



Historical Scene Investigation (HSI) Project

In a collaboration with Dr. Kathy Swan from the University of Kentucky, we have developed an Internet-based, scaffolded instructional model to provide teachers and students with a sound, engaging way to utilize primary sources on the Internet in activities that promote inquiry, analysis, and presentation. The HSI project is used around the world to engage students in substantive historical thinking exercises.