Jim Groom

Instructional technologist, co-founder of Reclaim Hosting, USA


Jim Groom is the co-founder of Reclaim Hosting, an independent web hosting company focused on the higher education community. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

He has been working for over 20 years in higher education with a consistent focus on the development of teaching and learning in higher education. In addition to extensive experience teaching at the college level, for the past 10 years he has worked primarily in the field of instructional technology.

Much of the innovative work he’s been a part of in the field of instructional technology over the last decade is informed by his experience as an instructor, coupled with extensive collaborations with faculty and students with a specific focus on curricula, pedagogical and technologically enhanced projects.

He has been part of a number of exciting 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 the madness that was EDUPUNK was attributed to a series of posts he wrote on his personal blog.

In 2010 he re-imagined the Computer Science 106 course on Digital Storytelling at UMW as an open, online community referred to as ds106. This experiment in teaching and learning on the web is still going strong and has been celebrated internationally as a compelling community-based approach to online learning. Additionally, he also helped spearhead an initiative at the University of Mary Washington called A Domain of One’s Own that provides all incoming Freshman their own domain and web hosting account.

Connecting Minds. Creating the Future.

Keynote Speaker Jim Groom – An Integrated Domain: Visions of a Connected Future

Orange Room = ASB Auditorium/Theatre

Visions of the future are often framed by the technologies that shape them. This is readily apparent in popular culture’s treatment of the future over the past 50 years. Several recurring themes of these fictional projections have become contemporary concerns in 2017: the specter of artificial intelligence, the rise of robots, virtual worlds, and the […]


The Great Debate: Do Universities’ Best Days Lie Ahead?

Orange Room = ASB Auditorium/Theatre

Thought provoking and entertaining, this structured debate will definitely be fun. MC of the debate – Liz Gosling, CIO, Auckland University of Technology Affirmative Lead:  Rob Allen, Professor of Social History, Te Ara Poutama Faculty Office, Auckland University of Technology John O’Brien Margi Jantti Negative Lead:  Kerry Holling, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Information Technology […]