As announced in this recent post, the Middlebury College Libraries recently subscribed to the six Oxford Language Dictionaries on the Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (OLDO) platform – Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.
About a week later, Oxford announced the release of their new Oxford Arabic Dictionary
on the Oxford Dictionaries platform. We now have subscribed access to this brand new online dictionary also! (In case you’re wondering, the dictionaries currently on OLDO will be migrated to the new Oxford Dictionaries platform in the near future.)
Not interested in this, but there is something else you wish we had? Let us know!
Information Technology Services updated some printing services over the summer:
Visit go/howtoprint to view our updated instructions on how to print to a public printer
- Cash Cards replace credit cards.
In the event you need to increase your print page quota, PaperCut cash cards have replaced the online credit card system. Purchase cards at Wilson Café in Davis Family Library, MiddXpress in McCullough, or the College Store in Proctor Hall.
A cheat-sheet for the various types of messages using Twitter - https://www.flickr.com/photos/meg/5757742705/sizes/l/in/photostream/
When you’re working with people using a variety of office tools, you can hit some frustrating roadblocks. Here are a few standard (and not-so-standard) suggestions to make your collaboration efforts more efficient. – 10 tips for easier collaboration between office suites
This Sunday morning between 8 and 10 am ET we will be upgrading the Monterey Institute of International Studies website (http://www.miis.edu) from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.
The upgrade will take approximately one hour during which the site will not be usable.
There will also be a short period of under one minute during the upgrade when file assets on the other Drupal 7 sites may not be available. These sites include:
- Davis Fellows for Peace: http://www.davisfellowsforpeace.org
- Davis Projects for Peace: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org
- Davis United World Scholars Program: http://davisuwcscholars.org
- Middlebury Museum of Art: http://museum.middlebury.edu
- Secure Forms for Middlebury: https://forms.middlebury.edu
- Secure Forms for MIIS: https://forms.miis.edu
We do not anticipate any impact on other services.
Last year we posted some course site suggestions for faculty. The information is still relevant, and here is a short summary for those who only need a reminder:
- Where to find help for faculty - http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons
- Where to find help for students working on media assignments - http://go.middlebury.edu/dmt
- Start at the Course Hub – http://courses.middlebury.edu
- Add your syllabus as a web page, document, or link
- In general, if you would like your course site to be private choose Moodle
- In general, if you would like your course site to be public choose WordPress
- If you make your course unavailable to students while you are building it, please make sure you make it available before students need access to it.
There are a handful of new services that are available for faculty to use in their courses:
SANSSpace has a web-based video and audio recorder for class assignments. Students can record audio or video and save directly to the site, and faculty can respond by inserting text, audio or video in the timeline of the student’s submission. It is most commonly used for an online language lab environment, and also has applications for presentations, music, and writing. SANSSpace can be added to your course via the Course Hub.
Shared Moodle Resource
Currently, the only shared Moodle resource is the Academic Integrity Tutorial. This tutorial can be added to any course via the Course Hub.
There have been many stories about curricular activities gathered over the years, and they have been shared across many sites. We have started to gather them in one place, the Curricular Innovations site, where faculty can see and share experiences in the classroom.
Personal tech tip: A colleague recently shared that they use a program called Eyeleo (http://eyeleo.com/) to help them to remember to take regular breaks when spending long amounts of time at a computer. Eyeleo works on windows computers, and there is a similar program, Time Out (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/), that works on Macs.
Wed. Sept. 3rd, noon – 1pm, Davis Family Library Computer Lab (DFL 105) – lower level. Drop-ins welcome or sign-up online (use the last box to tell us if there is something specific you want covered).
Description: Bring your lunch to the library and learn about what we have to offer you and your family. We’ll introduce you to library services and resources available to Midd users and their families and show you how to search MIDCAT, the library catalog, and Summon (our “search everything” tool) to discover resources like books, articles, films, eBooks, audiobooks, and more. Learn how to access news and popular magazines online as well as find online resources aimed at all ages. Questions will be answered throughout the session.
Remote-Learner, our Moodle host, will be updating our Moodle instance on Friday, August 29th, at 11:59pm. We expect the site to be available by Saturday, August 30th, at 2am.
The libraries have purchased or subscribed to a bunch of new and wonderful resources over the summer (and late last academic year). Here are some of the highlights:
And these resources will be available very soon!
- Digitalia Film Library (on order)
- Chinese Cultural Relics – English translation of Wen Wu (we’ve subscribed and are awaiting publication of the first issue)
Trials expected during Fall Term:
- Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE) – streaming video science experiments
- National Anti-Slavery Standard – primary source material
- Alexander Street’s Criterion Collection – streaming video of classic movies
We are always adding new resources – make your wishes known here!