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Friday Links – March 14, 2014

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9 Tips for Creating a Sense of Community for Distance Learners - The article provides is geared towards fully online courses, but it is also good advice for faculty wanting to created engagement in a hybrid course.

Memes, Genes and Evolution on Facebook - The way memes evolve on Facebook is startlingly similar to the way genes evolve on Earth, say researchers who have carried out the first large-scale study of memetic evolution.

Photos: 3D printers, a tour of the top models – The MakerBot Replicator Mini is the cheapest of the versions at $1,375. It’s designed for home use and only weighs 18 pounds. Download the designs on the tablet app, connect the Mini to a USB cable, and print. The machine is optimized for PLA filament.

Two Middlebury Grads Offer Software to Help You See in 3D – Shane Scranton and Nate Beatty are developing software for the Oculus Rift to connect architecture, design and 3D modeling into an immersive experience.

Seduction in the Poster Session – Plan, learn and whatever you do – don’t use Comic Sans! This article provides poster making tips from Kathryn Everson, a PhD Student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Alaska Museum. Adobe InDesign and Illustrator are highlighted as two of the best tools to use for poster production and (GOOD NEWS!) these are both available at Middlebury in the Wilson Media Lab!

Five tips for creating a successful presentation with an iPad - connection and swapping between applications are just two of the considerations in this short list of recommendations.

Strategies for Using Moodle to Increase Learner Engagement

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This webinar is being offered by Remote-Learner, our Moodle host. There is a small group in LIS that will be attending together, please let me know if you would like to join us by emailing jantonio@middlebury.edu.

March 13th  2:00pm EST

A good eLearning solution requires more than good content. Identifying and implementing the right types of media and instructional strategy can make all the difference and will help increase learner engagement, resulting in an increase in learner mastery. Research has shown that appropriate use of Moodle tools keeps learners interested and motivated, and this increases learning. Let us show you a few ways we can use proven strategies combined with Moodle tools to meet your eLearning needs.

Who Should Attend: Teachers, Instructors, Trainers, Instructional Designers, Instructional Technology Specialists, and Training Directors, course developers.

In this webinar you’ll learn the following:

  • The differences between a basic course where Moodle is used to organize files for learners, a simple Moodle course where material is put together using Moodle modules, and an interactive course where instructional strategies are incorporated into a course to draw learners into the eLearning experience.
  • Creative uses for innovative ways to incorporate different Moodle modules into your courses.
  • About the servicesoffered by Remote-Learner’s Learning Service Department and ways we can help you design, develop, and build interactive moodle courses for your learners.

 

Presenter: Page Chendescribe the image
Chief Learning Officer

Page, has her Masters Degree in Adult Education and is currently completing her dissertation research in the field of Instructional Design for Online Learning. She has been designing curriculum and instruction since 1994, and focused specifically on designing courses for delivery on the Moodle platform since 2009. Designing and building “out of the box” learning experiences for all ages and a wide variety of industries, government agencies, and educational institutions, Page’s experience working with major oil and gas companies and the Aerospace industry gives her a unique perspective when balanced against being a fifth generation educator who is passionate about education reform and the role technology plays in changing how we live, play and learn.

Moodle Maintenance Notice For 2/28/14

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From Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:

In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be replacing our network firewalls. Upgrades on the firewalls will be conducted during the February 28th maintenance window between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., ET.

During most of this period your site will be operational, but there may be short periods of connection loss to the internet.

Podcasting in Education

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Please join us as we engage in a discussion and workshop on audio and podcasting for education with radio producer and filmmaker, Erin Davis, in January. Participants will walk away from this two day workshop with a clear map for podcast production from concept to distribution.  We will begin by addressing the fundamental question, “What is a podcast?” and swiftly continue to cover:

  • Format, style and themes of a variety of leading podcasts
  • Equipment needs & recording techniques
  • Software & editing basics
  • Distribution and sharing

The discussion and workshop will occur on Monday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 22nd, from 1pm-4:30pm. There will also be time to work with technologists on project work on Tuesday, January 21st, from 1-4:30pm.

Bio

Erin Davis is a radio producer and filmmaker living in Vermont.  Her audio work has aired on All Things Considered, Studio 360 and elsewhere. She studied documentary at The New SchoolThe Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, in the studio with visionary cinematographer Albert Maysles and in the field on projects like the Oscar nominated film The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant and award winning Remote Area Medical.

If you would like to attend please sign up using this link - https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/forms/d/1N6wHPSN0XWGgM5zJ0vg0ko7pJq4C4Xc7UDhj9_fjmnQ/viewform

iPad in Education

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Please join us as we engage in a conversation and demonstration about the possibilities of iPad in Higher Education with Apple Systems Engineer, Lars Ljungholm on Monday, December 9th.

We are currently undergoing a shift in the education landscape. Students are now growing up in – and graduating into – a connected, information-rich world which presents both challenges and opportunities for educators. Faculty can use mobile learning tools to help personalize learning, engage and motivate students, and practice authentic assessment. At this session, we will be discussing and demonstrating the use of iPad and various apps that you can use to enhance your personal productivity and professional work both in and out of the classroom.

There will be a morning and an afternoon session in rm 105 in the Davis Family Library.

If you would like to attend please sign up for one of the sessions using this link - https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/forms/d/12vcWvum-OKFagVpiE4R-GzXFin5Im4SE2UsAHJQ2fkc/viewform

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, October 4th from 2am-6am

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From our Moodle host:

Dear Valued Client,

In order to increase resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be migrating data within our server infrastructure. We will be performing maintenance during our October 4th maintenance window from 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., ET. During most of this period your site will be operational, cron will not be running; a brief loss of connectivity to the internet will occur at the end of the process.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sincerely,

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Course Site Suggestions

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The college is approaching the start of the undergraduate academic year, and faculty are thinking about course web sites. LIS has many ways to help faculty think about what is possible with technology in the classroom (if you don’t know where to start, try your liaison:http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons),  but we realize that there are faculty who simply want to jump in and start experimenting on their own.

Below are a some ideas for the do-it-yourselfers. This is not meant as a comprehensive list, just some suggestions to make things easier.

Start at the Hub

Every course has a basic site automatically created in the Course Hub ( http://courses.middlebury.edu ). This is where you can see all of the web-based resources available to your class. After logging in, you will see a listing of your classes with a big grey button to the right for each one. To see what is available click on the following buttons:

MANAGE RESOURCES → +ADD A RESOURCE

 

One Place to Find Them

Every student will see a list of their courses in the Hub. If every syllabus and course web site is made available through the Hub, then students will be able to find the resources they need for every class in one central location.

Add Your Syllabus

Click on the SYLLABUS link on the right-hand side of your Course Hub site. You can add your syllabus in a number of ways:

  • Write/paste it inside the Hub

  • Upload it to the Hub

  • Link to it from a web site

Public or Private

We currently have two services that support course web sites: Moodle and WordPress. Which one is right for your class? This depends on what you are doing with your class, and how you plan on using the web site. There are a number of features in each one, but in general here is one way to think about the decision:

MOODLE starts off with the idea of a private classroom. Activities like quizzes and forum discussions are meant for students who are in the class, visitors are only welcome by permission. If you would like your classroom activity to be private, choose Moodle.

WORDPRESS starts off with the idea that you want to share with the world. Commenting on posts, image galleries, and Google Maps make for an engaging experience. If you would like your course to interact with the world, choose WordPress.

You Can Build It, Just Make Sure You Unlock the Door

You can make your Moodle course site “unavailable to students,” a nice feature while you are building your site. However, please remember to go back to the settings page or the Hub and set the course to “available for students” when you want them to access your course materials.

DMTs at Their Service

The Digital Media Tutors (http://go.middlebury.edu/dmt ) have spent the summer working on web sites, videos, and other multimedia projects. They have built up their working knowledge so that they can help your students with their multimedia assignments. The DMTs are available for walk-in support in the Wilson Media Lab ( http://go.middlebury.edu/wilson ).