Author Archives: Amy Collier

Jazzercise Bootcamp, May 22-26

Have you been waiting for the right moment to try Middlebury’s Jazzercise class? This is your chance. We are excited to announce a Jazzercise Bootcamp—five days of Jazzercise to jumpstart your summer. 

Monday, May 22 – Friday, May 26, you can join five days of calorie-burning and muscle-toning dance aerobics. Each day will feature a different Jazzercise format, culminating in a special Bring the Heat! interval class on Friday. All five sessions will be offered at 4:30pm in the 3rd floor studio of the Athletics building. 

Sign up for the Bootcamp by completing the form below. Each class is $5 (pay for the entire week at once or drop in for individual classes). Attend all 5 Bootcamp classes and you’ll receive a special Jazzercise gift.

Invite your friends to join the fun! If two of your referrals attend at least one class, you’ll get a Jazzercise key ring. 


Monday, May 22                 Dance Mixx

Tuesday, May 23                Interval

Wednesday, May 24          Dance Mixx – Core

Thursday, May 25              Flip Fusion

Friday, May 26                   Bring the Heat! interval class

Sign up now:

Blog posts from the Office of Digital Learning: Digital language and assessments, distance collaboration, intellectual property, and more!

dig-learn-11-2Check out the latest blog posts from the Office of Digital Learning:

The rutabaga: What to do with the digital

Language learning and the digital

Advice for working across distance

Envisioning distance collaboration

Moodle to Canvas: Language assessment transitions

What does Middlebury’s new IP policy mean for you? (Part 1)

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Middlebury Language faculty: Apply to join the AALAC workshop on Digital Language Learning, April 7-8, 2017

co00-2008-logo-003We are pleased to announce a workshop on Digital Language Learning: A Liberal Arts Exploration of New Modes of Teaching and Learning Languages that will be hosted by Middlebury, April 7-8, 2017. 

The workshop, which is funded by the Association for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC), will include conversations about how the digital can transform language learning in liberal arts contexts. Specifically, participants will look at the ways in which digital language learning transforms traditional language learning environments by amplifying deep connections, improving differentiated instruction, and extending language learning beyond the walls of the classroom. To read a complete description of the workshop, please follow this link.

Non-Middlebury attendees will have a travel allowance of up to $650 to attend this workshop, generously provided by AALAC funding. Because funding is limited, we will accept only a limited number of attendees from other schools.

Since you are a faculty member at Middlebury College and will not need travel funding, please submit an application to participate in the workshop via this link (Institute faculty, please use this link to apply and we will discuss internal funding for your travel).

Applications are due November 4, 2016. Attendees will be selected based on the expertise and experience they will bring to the workshop, and with a goal of diversifying participation across AALAC schools and languages. The workshop organizing committee, consisting of faculty from various AALAC schools, will notify applicants of their acceptance status by December 1, 2016.

Organizing committee:

Steve Snyder, Dean of Language Schools and Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies, Middlebury College

Gabriele Dillman, Associate Professor of German and Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair, Denison University

Felix Kronenberg, Associate Professor of Modern Language and Literatures and Director of the Language Learning Center, Rhodes College

Lynn Miyake, Professor of Japanese, Pomona College

Renee Jourdenais, Dean of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education, Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey

Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair, Vassar College

Ann Sherif, Professor of Japanese, Oberlin College

Tatiana Smorodinska, Professor of Russian, Middlebury College

Tom Van Order, Associate Professor of Italian, Middlebury College

Openness without penalty: The cornerstone of the creative student/classroom/university, with guest speaker Adam Croom

Adam Croom is the Director of Digital Learning and an instructor in the College of Journalism of Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. In this talk, Adam will narrate how he leverages the technology of the open web to stimulate his students’ learning and personal growth, and to catalyze creativity in his classroom.

Adam’s course project, which started off with a 15-student class, has grown into a university-wide initiative in which more than 3,000 students, faculty, and staff are given space and tools on the open web to write, build, and share. Learn how this project is providing soft infrastructure for teaching, learning, and, ultimately, creating a domain of one’s own.

Please join us Monday, September 26 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT for this important conversation.
Location: Library 105
Watch from anywhere via streaming on MiddCreate,, or on go/stream

BLOG POSTS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIGITAL LEARNING: Digital tools, MiddCreate, Instructional Design, Working Across Distance

Check out the latest blog posts from the Office of Digital Learning:

Bringing digital humanities tools to your classroom

Announcing MiddCreate

Best feet forward: Instructional Designers as pedagogical consultants

Working across distance – Amy’s view

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New Intellectual Property Policy Draft & Open Meetings

The Intellectual Property Working Group (IPWG) has updated the draft of the Intellectual Property policy based on input from the Middlebury community. The Board will vote on this policy in late September. Please visit the IPWG website to review the latest draft and provide any additional input or questions: or  You may also download a copy of the draft and cover memo, both of which are attached to this email. 

The IPWG will host two open meetings next week to discuss the draft:

Monterey: Tuesday, September 20, 12pm PT in the Board Room

Middlebury: Wednesday, September 21, 4:30pm ET in Axinn 220

Please send any questions to Amy Collier,

Have you tried Jazzercise yet?

Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results…fast. It’s a calorie-torching, hip swiveling dance party with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn. Are you ready to try Jazzercise? 

Middlebury’s Jazzercise class is taught by Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury, who has taught Jazzercise for 4 years. Jazzercise instructors train every year to master the Jazzercise method, which fuses cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and, of course, the demanding forms of dance. Expect to feel results after 3 classes, and expect to keep going. No two classes are the same, so you get the variety you need to stay motivated and break through plateaus. The average person sticks with Jazzercise for 7 years. Why? Because it works.

What will you need to join?

Jazzercise Dance Mixx and Fusion classes will be offered every Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30 – 5:30pm, in the 3rd floor studio/gym in the Nelson Recreation Center. Each class costs $5 and drop-ins are welcome. Participants pay Amy directly at the time of the class. This class is for faculty and staff at Middlebury.  

Funding from The Wellness Committee makes it possible to offer these classes at a reduced rate.  Click here to learn more about the Wellness Committee and the programs it sponsors.

 You will wear comfortable workout wear and sneakers/tennis shoes. Please bring a mat and weights to class (3-lb., 5-lb., & 8lb. are most commonly used). If you don’t have weights, come anyway, and use your body weight as resistance. Also bring water and a towel because you will sweat!

Want to keep in touch with Jazzercise happenings, including class reminders/cancellations and updates? Sign up for Amy’s Jazzercise mailing list here.