One of the first challenges that Yashu Zhang encountered as a digital media tutor was assisting special collections with making several audio files affilitated with the Robert Frost archive available for interested patrons. This involved migrating a large number of mp3 files onto a new server and updating the links from the archived page. Although this work would be largely invisible to the end user, it is a good example of the “invisible work” that often needs to be done to help materials stay accessible as technology evolves.
You can view/listen to the Robert Frost archive here.
During the summer of 2014 Eshetu Feleke ’15 and Maggie Cochrane ’16 worked with several MiddView interns to help them realize their vision for an orientation video for incoming first year students. Through an iterative process Maggie and Eshetu helped with tasks ranging from video collection to producing the video. The resulting work is below.
Maggie Cochrane ’17 worked with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR) to create a video to provide tips and tricks to symposium presenters during the summer of 2014. Maggie worked closely with Media Services to transfer and review several hours of raw video footage in order to put together a video sequence that demonstrates the points that the Undergraduate Research Office hoped to highlight. You can view the final video below.
This is a site Kristin Richards ’17 created on her own time for a summer camp run by myself and another computer science major Joy Wood (Class 17′). The idea of the project was to be simple, minimalistic and straight forward about the camp’s agenda and present a way for parents to get more information about the camp.
The project was made in raw HTML, CSS and PHP coding and is currently being hosted on the Middlebury Basin. This site took me approximately 2 days to piece together. It is a single page site with a linear slide to new sections of the page to give a clean design. It has a menu bar navigation system and an arrow navigation system for ease of use.
There was no Java Script used in this website which is the best part about it, however there is still work to be done on the responsiveness of the site (i.e. translating cleanly to different sized screens). Kristin shares that she learned a lot about CSS animations and Webkit translations while building this site.
Professor History Jim Ralph came to the digital media tutor program with a web site problem he was not sure how to solve. His work for the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement (from 2006) was quickly becoming outdated and difficult to keep up-to-date. Digital media tutor Samantha Moog ‘14.5 worked with Professor Ralph to determine an approriate WordPress theme for his needs and then set to work to try to do her best to recreate the site structure from the original location. The resulting WordPress site can be found here.
At the present Professor Ralph is considering additional changes to the site as we are currently in the 50th anniversary year.
To learn more about the project process please view the video below.
During the summer of 2013 the digital media tutors worked with Professor of Religion James Calvin Davis to start to develop a web presence for a new interdisciplinary program titled Privilege and Poverty. As noted on the web site:
“Not a major or minor, Privilege & Poverty is instead an academic cluster, an opportunity for students to study economic inequality by drawing on resources across a number of academic departments and programs, in a program of study customized to individual interests and incorporating civic learning beyond the traditional classroom. Privilege & Poverty enlists courses and instructors from Sociology/Anthropology, Economics, Education Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, History, Psychology, American Studies, International Studies, and Religion. Participating faculty from these programs and departments are eager to work with students to plan a course of study that addresses their specific interests with depth, breadth, and coherence.”
This unique program made it difficult to find an appropriate web location and medium with the information could be conveyed. Working with the tutors the group developed a WordPress site that would enable the program to share a variety of details about the program. The resulting design uses a theme that pulls content into different widget areas based on content categorization using categories in WordPress.
Digital media tutor Sam Moog ‘14.5 designed the WordPress site and Eshetu Feleke ’15 created the Photoshop image/pattern that is used in the background. As is often the case with web sites the program has outgrown their design and we look forward to working with Privilege and Poverty on a redesign of the site during the summer of 2016. Stay tuned!!
Scalar is a web publishing tool that allows users to publish digital books. The relatively new tool was being introduced to the Middlebury College community by Alicia Peaker last year (2015) and as part of that introduction Alicia asked me to create a Scalar documentation website. The documentation basically covers the ins and outs of Scalar and how it might be of use to the faculty, staff and students here at Middlebury College. It features direct links to the Scalar website and access to their more extensive documentation. This website was created using the Middlebury Mediawiki. Having never created a website before, this was a great learning opportunity on what tools could be used to develop one. The other important thing that I learnt was the importance of the potential site users in the process of designing it. Project duration was 4 weeks.
In the summer of 2013 Professor Tom Beyer asked for assistance creating a web site structure for his First Year Seminar class to populate. The project was inspired by a previous year’s work titled “The Keys to Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons” The site was developed in WordPress and was used as a content management system where the students were tasked with annotating the entire novel. Each student was assigned certain chapters to annotate and they were all responsible to linking to outside resources that would provide additional context for the story. (A subsequent version of this project is The Keys to S site developed with DMT Leah Lavigne ’16.)
DMT David Puyandayev ’14 developed the initial structure for the site and the class then was introduced to WordPress functionality through a workshop offered by the Academic Technology group at Middlebury. Here is a link to the site which currently boasts over 100,000 views.