Author Archives: Heather Stafford

Summer Assistance for your Digital Media Projects

During the summer, the library employs, trains, and mentors students who assist faculty with various digital projects. Digital projects that students have helped with in the past include the creation of:
  • a website for a course or a lab
  • a video or other multimedia materials
  • animated maps
  • image databases
  • online tutorials
  • online quizzing and assessments
  • animations
You can submit a project proposal for this summer by filling out this form. Because resources are more limited this summer, we will have an easier time evaluating your request if you can provide as much information about your project goals as possible.
While the tutor will work with you during the months of June, July and August, I’ll be in touch with you towards the end of the spring semester to set up an initial meeting and connect you with your student tutor if we have the capacity for your project. We look forward to hearing from you!
In order to match your project with a tutor, we need to hear from you by April 15th. If you would like to discuss your project in advance, feel free to reach out to me.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Heather Stafford –
Multimedia/Curricular Technologist


Using Multimedia Resources to Personalize Historical Perspective

When working with historical artifacts students try to relate to the piece from within the context of its time. This can be challenging to do, however C3 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Theatre, Nathaniel Nesmith has come up with a unique way to help students view artistic work with the aid of the artist’s point of view.

In this article Nathaniel describes to Librarian Amy Frazier how he utilized multimedia resources to help students relate to and study playwrights by listening to audio interviews. Using this method Nathaniel was able to help students build a connection to an individual living in a different historical context in an engaging way.

You can read the full story here.

American Libraries page on the Internet Archive

American Libraries page on the Internet Archive

Learning within a teacher community

American Mathematical Society - On Teaching and Learning Mathematics blog

American Mathematical Society – On Teaching and Learning Mathematics blog

Do you remember that feeling when you first walk into a class outside your comfort zone? Do you remember that exact moment when you feel your muscles tense and you wonder whether you’re going to be lost from day one, or whether you’ll hang in there through the first few weeks? I have to admit, I often had that feeling in math class, but recently I had the opportunity to meet with a Mathematics faculty member who reminded me of those teachers who are able and determined to see all students succeed regardless of their comfort-level with the content.

Professor Priscilla Bremser was kind enough to take some time during j-term to meet with me to discuss the ways in which she has transformed her math classes over several years teaching at Middlebury. In this article Professor Bremser outlines her inspiration, thought process and methods for making several changes in her classes, as well as her reflection on student responses and connection to the larger mathematics teaching community in Vermont and beyond. Priscilla’s teaching story is one of connection between educators as well as a deep attention to her students’ instructional needs.

Click here to read the story>>

Sharing our Flipped Classroom Practice – Brown Bag Lunches

This week the flipped classroom community of practice is excited to share the work of four faculty members. We invite you to join us as they explain and demonstrate their work and workflow as well an answer questions during two brown bag lunches.

Tuesday April 5, 12 – 1:30, Crest Room McCullough

In this session Pam Berenbaum, Professor of Practice in Global Health, and Vickie Backus, Senior Associate in Science will share the different methods that they are using to flip their classes, what they’ve learned through their process, and suggestions for others. Pam is working on using video to present lecture material in a way that frees up class time for discussion or active learning assignments. Vickie is exploring how animation can be used to help her provide digital explanations of some of the “muddiest points” that her students face.

Friday April 8, 12:30 – 2, CTLR Lounge

In this session, Jeff Byers, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will share his use of the Microsoft Surface to create flipped classroom materials, and Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer, Assistant Professor of Religion will share her methodology for using video to help students become more comfortable with public speaking.

The RSVP forms here allow you to submit questions for the presenters ahead of time. We hope to see you at one or both of the sessions this week!

Support for Flipped Classrooms – Brown Bag Lunch

Date: March 25, 2016

Join us as we discuss the many components and supports that are available for creating a flipped classroom. If you have specific questions please email them ahead of time to Please RSVP here.

This is the next session offered as a part of the flipped classroom community of practice.

Location: Wilson Media Lab (Davis 220)

Date/Time: Friday March 25, 12:30 – 2

Brown Bag Lunch: Student Considerations for Flipped Classrooms – March 15th

Date & Time: Tuesday March 15, 12 – 1:30

Location: CTLR Lounge

Over j-term a small group of faculty who are working on creating flipped classroom videos met to discuss their methods, questions and challenges. One area of concern was that as faculty work to create out of class content delivery methods and in class active learning scenarios, they wonder if the decisions they are making may have unintended negative consequence for some student learners. In response to this inquiry we’ve asked ADA Coordinator Jodi Litchfield, and Director of Learning Resources, Yonna McShane to join us as we explore this topic in more depth. Please bring an assignment, learning activity, or classroom method that you would like to share and examine with the group. Jodi and Yonna will share information at the start of the session, however the majority of our time will be spent in discussion around participant questions and scenarios.

Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. Please RSVP here.

Using Animation to Explain

Some course concepts can be trickier for students to understand than others. These “muddy points” are often the areas where technology provides us with some tools that can approach the content from a different angle, and make a concept more visible. In this story, Vickie Backus, Senior Associate in Science Instruction in Biology, explains the iterative process she used to create and then fine tune an animation to help her students better understand the concept of how natural selection can lead to evolution.Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 9.23.55 AM

Vickie is a member of our flipped classroom community of practice and will be presenting additional information about this process at a meeting on Tuesday April 5th. We know this is a ways off, but you can sign up here to reserve a spot and receive an email reminder prior to her session.

Our next meeting will be on March 15th at 12 where we will discuss student considerations for flipped classrooms with ADA Coordinator Jodi Litchfield and Director of Learning Services, Yonna McShane. Additional details can be found here.