Bill Ferster

Technology consultant | Faculty University of Virginia

University of Virginia

I am a recovering serial entrepreneur, turned academic, turned technology consultant. In past lives, I founded a number of high-technology companies in the film and television industry.

eLearning Articles by Bill Ferster

Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Useful Way Of Looking At The Web

Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Useful Way Of Looking At The Web

Saturday, 5 August 2017 by Bill Ferster

Look at the Internet as a collection of smaller units than a monolithic whole makes for a better user experience.

Instructional Design
Teaching Using Interactive Visualization: Project-Based Learning At UVA

Teaching Using Interactive Visualization: Project-Based Learning At UVA

Saturday, 1 July 2017 by Bill Ferster

Interactive visualization is an effective way of teaching many subjects, especially history. The University of Virginia's Research Seminar Initiative uses…

Educational Technology
The Book As An Interactive Device

The Book As An Interactive Device

Saturday, 24 June 2017 by Bill Ferster

Looking closer at the features books have had for centuries may be useful in understanding today's educational technology.

Educational Technology
Venture Capital In Educational Technology: Should EdTech Be Venture Funded?

Venture Capital In Educational Technology: Should EdTech Be Venture Funded?

Saturday, 3 June 2017 by Bill Ferster

Venture capital has fueled amazing growth in the overall technology marketed, but is this form of funding as effective in…

Educational Technology
Digital Video 101: Understanding How Digital Video Works

Digital Video 101: Understanding How Digital Video Works

Saturday, 27 May 2017 by Bill Ferster

Digital video's inner workings are invisible, but it is not that different than old-fashioned moving pictures conceptually.

Educational Technology
Mad Men: Media Theorist Marshall McLuhan’s Branding Of Timothy Leary’s Message

Mad Men: Media Theorist Marshall McLuhan’s Branding Of Timothy Leary’s Message

Saturday, 6 May 2017 by Bill Ferster

Timothy Leary’s famous message on LSD, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” became so viral during the 1960s, thanks in…

Market
Technology In K12: The Shape Of School Vs. The Shape Of EdTech

Technology In K12: The Shape Of School Vs. The Shape Of EdTech

Saturday, 22 April 2017 by Bill Ferster

We need to consider not just the tech, but how it is actually used to be effective in the K12…

Educational Technology
Skinner's Project Pigeon: One Of The First Teaching Machines

Skinner's Project Pigeon: One Of The First Teaching Machines

Saturday, 15 April 2017 by Bill Ferster

One of the behaviorist B.F. Skinner's first "teaching machines" was a crazy plan to use pigeons to guide missiles.

Educational Technology
Stats 101: What You Need To Know About Statistics

Stats 101: What You Need To Know About Statistics

Saturday, 8 April 2017 by Bill Ferster

A gentle introduction to statistics and how they make raw numbers more understandable. Let us have a look at stats…

Corporate
The Rotation Of Crops: Mindful Pivoting

The Rotation Of Crops: Mindful Pivoting

Sunday, 2 April 2017 by Bill Ferster

The value of multiple perspectives in one's career.

Market
Time: Design's 4th Dimension

Time: Design's 4th Dimension

Thursday, 23 March 2017 by Bill Ferster

Screen real estate is limited. Make better use of the space you have by using time to control what shows…

Design and Development
Galloping Horses To Boxing Cats: Movies In Education

Galloping Horses To Boxing Cats: Movies In Education

Saturday, 11 March 2017 by Bill Ferster

The moving picture has had a long history in education, but its roots are firmly footed in the horse world…

Educational Technology
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