Adam CroomAdam Croom

Adam Croom is the Director of Digital Learning in the Center for Teaching Excellence and an instructor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Croom earned his Bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and his Masters degree in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University. Keep up with him at and @acroom.



On November 9, from 2 until 3 pm, in the LINK Lab (Rm 246 in Nedderman Hall)
Adam Croom delivered the following public presentation:

Title: Creating a Personal Cyber-Infrastructure for Teaching, Learning, Publishing, and Connecting

Through both his courses and a now campus-wide initiative, Croom offers what has been called ‘a personal cyber-infrastructure’ — all the tools and resources users need to launch and manage a broad range of websites, to create custom teaching and learning environments, and to curate and manage their online identities on their own terms.

More than 1,900 students, faculty, and staff has signed up for the campus initiative, OU Create, making them the sysadmins of their own personal web spaces with full control over content and design and offers students full ownership of the content they produce and the option of moving their content to their own domain if they choose.

These projects embrace the Internet as generative of learning, scholarship and the distribution of knowledge. They enable participants to create unique spaces for teaching, learning, publishing and connecting with others in the open public sphere of the Internet and outside the constraints of a closed Learning Management System. The logic of these programs is that offering users this control means allowing them agency and empowering them to make use of the world-wide-web to serve their own evolving needs as learners, teachers, scholars, and digital citizens.

So what does this look like for your class? This talk will focus on the different ways in which the web has manifested itself in classrooms at the University of Oklahoma through this broad infrastructure and how you can get up and running too.