Smith has become immersed in pedagogical technology, particularly using web-based resources for teaching, and has extensively presented on these topics. Smith blogs regularly on technological issues in pedagogy, including going paperless, use of mobile platforms, and other concerns. Her blogging can be found here.
Smith is a recipient of the 2013 Innovative Digital Pedagogy Fellowship Award. Along with Dr. Mary Kayler of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Smith will lead a faculty workshop in May 2013 to address the integration of gamification and serious games in teaching.
In collaboration with UMW’s DTLT, Smith has widely used the WordPress platform and other web tools for class projects. This has included blogging about Paris, enabling upload of class materials directly to this site, using a twitter handle to increase class discussion, and others. Currently, Smith is developing a searchable image library for a new iteration of HISP 101. This will be searchable by keyword and fully accessible on mobile platforms. In another improvement, Martha Burtis from DTLT is developing a web interface to aid in data collection for HISP 405. Stay tuned for details!
In collaboration with student researchers, Smith has developed inventories of historic preservation resources. This has taken advantage of new technologies, particularly geo-location, to make resources available to researchers and the public in a simple web interface. Recent projects have included the architectural inventory Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg, and the archaeological inventory Virginia Slave Housing (project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities).