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French Grammar Site – Continuation

I worked on the French Grammar with Professor Humbert during the summer of 2018. This project was a continuation of a project from the previous summer. I assisted Professor Humbert from the Middlebury French Department in creating a French grammar website on Canvas for beginner and intermediate French speakers. This website focuses on not only providing guidelines for the different French grammar structures, but also aims to provide exercises for the users to practice utilizing the different grammar structures.

One chapter, ‘Subjontifs’, has already been started in the past summer, and my main task was to edit and polish the chapter. I was mainly tasked with formatting the different pages and quizzes and to organize the site to make navigating the site easier. I also experimented with different tools to create interactive games and exercises on the website for the users to practice the grammar.

The project took around 2 months. First, I worked on formatting the different pages and quizzes to match the PDF documents that Professor Humbert created for the site. These PDF documents are also made available to download on the site. I also worked to organize the site under ‘Pages’, ‘Modules’ and ‘Table des Matières’ (Table of Contents) so that all of the page titles match and that the method of organization is consistent throughout the site. A lot of time was spent on experimenting with tools to create interactive games for the site. I used Microsoft Sway to create 2 games for the users: one with two stacks of cards (one stack for subjects, the other for verbs), in which the users can click through and try to conjugate the verbs in respect to the subjects; one with various sliders, each with a subject and a verb, in which the user can conjugate the verb, and check the answer by using the slider.

I met with Professor Humbert in the middle of the summer to discuss the progress of the site and the different problems I faced while using the site (eg. inability to organize quizzes on the ‘Quiz’ page, requiring a video feedback page, uploading audio recordings, etc.). I received feedback on the progress and was able to discuss the different potential solutions to the problems. After the meeting, I stayed in contact with Professor Humbert to regularly update her with the progress. I realized that creating a website required a lot of attention to details, as we’re supposed to pick up on the slightest glitches or problems that could hinder the user’s experience. A lot of the times, it was speculating the different problems someone could face while using the website in order to prevent that from happening.

This project is still ongoing. I was able to complete one chapter of the many chapters that are left to be created in the future. I will be working with Professor Humbert in the next academic year to work on the remaining chapters.

 

French Grammer Site - Continuation

Course Video Repository

I worked with Professor Pyle in the Economics Department to create a platform with all the links to videos used in his courses so that his students can easily access them. With many videos used in several of his classes, he wanted a single repository for all the links to the videos to make sharing them with his classes easier. We decided to create a WordPress site that organizes the different videos into different courses.

It is a simple website where the links to the videos are organized by different courses. Despite the simple layout, I tried to make the site more aesthetically pleasing by adding a skyline of Beijing as a header image. The photograph was searched using Creative Commons, by ahenobarbus (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:View_of_Beijing.jpg).

Currently, the website is open to everyone with a Middlebury account, thus Middlebury students who has a link to the website can potentially view the videos for all the courses. For some videos, those shared on Panopto, this could be problematic, thus in order to abide with the copyright laws, Professor Pyle would have to manage the share settings on Panopto every semester to control who gets to view the videos.

The whole project took around a month. After creating a draft website, I met with Professor Pyle to receive feedback and further discuss the details of the website (eg. the title of the website, aesthetics, etc.), which helped me better understand which direction to move forward in terms of the project. I changed the theme of the website to make it more interesting and added a header image to keep it more aesthetically pleasing. Despite the slight changes in design, I decided to keep the website as simple and minimalist as possible, so that it’s easy to navigate and practical for both Professor Pyle and the students. I’ve also shared with Professor Pyle a document outlining the different instructions on editing the site and troubleshooting methods.

 

Course Video Repository

Design Work

Video Work

Teaching Support

Alumni

Alumni of the digital media intern program have gone on to pursue a variety of careers after graduating from Middlebury. Click on their pictures below to learn more about their accomplishments and thoughts about their time as an intern @ Midd.

Interns

Digital media tutors complete a variety of projects during their time in the program. Click on their picture to view more information about the tutor as well as a listings and descriptions of their work.

Wilson Media Lab

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The Wilson Media Lab is located on the main level of the library in the back, next to the CTLR. Tutors are there to assist you with multimedia projects and you are welcome to come in and work any time (unless the lab is reserved for a class).

The lab was redesigned in 2015 and now offers collaborative work space in flexible seating arrangements with a variety of projection selections for small and large group instruction and group work. In addition, the lab houses one of two large scale plotters on campus, as well as a variety of digitization equipment.

Digital media tutors are on staff 76 hours a week to provide assistance to students, faculty and staff on their multimedia work. Please see the hours listed below for more details. If you would like to receive more individualized tutoring in a specific program or operation, you can request an appointment.

You can also email the group at digitalmediatutors@middlebury.edu.

Hours

M-Th: 9 am – 11 pm

F: 9 am – 7pm

S: 1 pm – 11 pm

Programs Available

The Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier, Dreamweaver, and more), Audacity, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office.

Other Devices

Plotter poster printing (for large posters, up to 41″ in width), scanning, digitization.

What’s Happening in the Wilson Media Lab?

CTLR Academic Forum Poster

I was assigned to create a 36″ by 24″ poster advertisement for the CTLR Academic Form. The poster was to display the services provided by the CTLR. I had not created a poster advertisement before, and I thought it was easy to make one as long as it displays the key information. Once I started the project I realized that making an aesthetically eye-catching, clear and concise poster is not an easy task. I also realized that making a poster like this calls for a great sense of imagination and creativity.

 

My first draft was more of an informational academic poster. I think this was because that’s what I have been used to make or help people with in the lab. The second draft was better but still it was blocky and needed to be revised. On the final draft I consulted Pedro who gave me some useful suggestions to organize the poster and also make it clear and concise. I removed most of the blocks and put a few images. The Symbol Library provided me with most of the tools I needed to make the poster, for example arrows that I connected to an illuminating orange circle. For the font I used Trajan Pro 3 and Verdana. I think the fonts were clear.

The images below show the progression of my poster from first to final drafts.

1st Draft 2nd Draft 3rd Draft 4th Draft

 

 

Enhancing the Aesthetics of a GIS Map

Professor Lopez-Barrera of the Architectural Studies Program proposed this project for the summer of 2017. It entailed editing a map depicting the social and spatial transformations of rural communities in western Uruguay between 2000 and 2016. The purpose of this project was both aesthetic and practical, as its goal was to make the map more visually appealing and the changes observed in the research more apparent. To that end, I used Adobe Illustrator software. This project was challenging in large part because its goal was very subjective, and there were many ways I could have gone about fulfilling it. Though I paid careful attention to components of the map such as object size and transparency, my main focus for this project was on color. The map essentially included 27 layers on top of an aerial image, and the map features divided into roughly three categories, and again into two time periods. Thus, I had to select color schemes that would convey a layer’s category, and at the same time show whether it referred to the year 2003 or 2015. For example, I assigned “cooler” colors like greens (“housing”) and blues (“infrastructure”) to layers pertaining to the year 2003. I also later designed and added a key to the map in order to communicate the scheme I had devised.

This project was unlike any others I’d worked on in the summer of 2017, due to its emphasis on rather inexact qualities like appearance and readability. This made effective communication critical for the project’s success, as there wasn’t a clear set of instructions at the start.