Posts by Alex Chapin

 
 
 

Moodle / Course Hub Training Sessions

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

The Curricular Technology team has organized training sessions on the Course Hub and Moodle, Middlebury’s new learning management system.  Below is more information on these sessions:

  • 1:00-2:00 pm, Thursday, August 25, Library 105
  • 1:00-2:00 pm, Friday, August 26, Library 105
  • 10:00-11:00 am, Thursday, Sept 1, MBH 161
  • 10:00-11:00 am, Friday, Sept 2, Library 105
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept 6, Library 105
  • 4:00-5:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept 7, Library 105

To attend one of these sessions, please fill out our sign up form, see:
Moodle / Course Hub Workshop Sign Up

New Platforms for Teaching, Learning and Research

Categories: Midd Blogosphere, updates

Beginning next fall with the 2011-12 academic year, Segue will be replaced by a collection of platforms connected by the Course Hub.  The Course Hub will become the definitive starting point for all online course resources and will provide links to other platforms including WordPress, ERES and soon Moodle, our new learning management system (LMS).

To help with the transition of sites from Segue to one of these new platforms, Curricular Technology (CT) team will be organizing workshops throughout the summer for faculty and staff.  The first series of workshops will begin next week:

Curricular Technology Platforms Overview

1:00 – 2:00 pm, Tues, June 21,  Library 105

Moodle workshop

2-3:30 pm, Weds, June 22, Library 105

WordPress workshop

1-2:30 pm, Fri, June 24, Library 105

Moodle @ Middlebury

Categories: Midd Blogosphere, updates

Moodle has been selected as the primary learning management system (LMS) for Middlebury College.  Other LMS platforms considered were Sakai and Blackboard.  The Curricular Technology (CT) team researched these three LMS platforms extensively and organized a pilot program that involved over 20 faculty and more than 300 students.

Surveys of pilot participants indicated that more faculty and students who completed the survey considered Moodle the most useful and easy to use of the LMS platforms piloted. The CT team used an template developed by the Longsight Group (see: Longsight > LMS Selection Criteria) to do its own evaluation and came to similar conclusions.

Moodle has been in use at Middlebury since 2007, primarily for online assessment.  Beginning in the Fall of 2011, Moodle will be fully integrated into the new Course Hub platform which will become the definitive starting point for all new online course resources.

WordPress Update

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Yesterday, we updated WordPress to v3.1. Most noticeable change in this update is the introduction of a new “admin” bar that appears after you log in. This admin bar includes quick links to all sites in which you are a registered user.  Site authors will also see links to add new posts and editors will have quick links to comments.  The other notable new feature is a “link browser” that allows you to search and quickly link to other posts/pages on your site.

Most importantly, this release includes over 800 bug fixes by over 180 developers from around the world. It has been downloaded over 1 million times in the last week.

Let us know if you have any questions about this update or experience any problems.

WordPress Workshops

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

I’ll be doing a couple of workshops on WordPress this month, showing some of the ways this platform has been used for blogging, courses, research, projects and initiatives.  Will give an overview of what’s possible with WordPress and then open up for discussion and questions.

Dates/Times/Location

  • 2:30-3:30 Feb 17, in Library 105
  • 2:30-3:30 Feb 24, in Library 105

For more information, see:  WordPress @ Middlebury

WordPress Workshops

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

I’ve coordinated with the Education and Training Team to offer some workshops on WordPress next week, here are details:

  • 2 – 3:30 pm, Monday, January 17, Library 105
  • 1 – 2:30 pm, Weds, January 19, Library 105

These workshops will give an overview of latest version of Translucence, the theme framework that powers many Midd blog themes and will showcase a variety of sites that have recently been created to highlight the many different ways that WordPress can be used.

For other upcoming workshops, see: How to Learn More » On-campus Workshops.

LMS Evaluation Updates

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The Curricular Technology Team in collaboration with Shel Sax and academic liaisons has organized a number of learning management system (LMS) training workshops, see:
Segue from Segue > LMS Pilot Training Sessions

CTLR LMS Roundtable discussion

The first workshop in the 6th annual CTLR Pedagogy Series was a discussion of LMS platforms lead by Mary Ellen Bertolini, Jason Mittell and Louisa Burnham.  Online discussion, assignments and grading were all hot topics.

Sakai Overview and Training

Yesterday, Scott Siddall from Longsight, an open source service provider, lead a day long training session in Sakai.  A number of faculty have agreed to pilot Sakai this spring and attended the afternoon session to get an overview of the platform and hands-on training.  There will be more training sessions next week.  Here are dates:

  • 10 – 11:30 am, Tuesday, Jan 18th, Library 105 – Shel Sax
  • 2 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, Jan 20th, Library 105 – Shel Sax

Moodle Overview and Training

Tomorrow and Friday, I’ll lead a workshop on Moodle, providing an overview of this LMS platform and then hands-on training for faculty who have agreed to pilot it.  Here is schedule:

  • 2 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, January 13, Library 105 – Alex Chapin
  • 2 – 3:30 pm, Friday, January 14, Library 105 – Alex Chapin

While all of these training sessions are primarily for pilot participants, other faculty and staff are encouraged to attend at least the first part of these sessions where we’ll give an overview of the platforms and their distinguishing characteristics.