Joseph Antonioli

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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 ).

Moodle Maintenance on Saturday, May 4th, from 3am-7am

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From our Moodle host:

Good afternoon,

I am writing to notify you of a pending planned downtime to enable Remote-Learner’s technical support team to upgrade the configuration of your Moodle Private Cloud Service (MPCS).  Please be aware of the following:

  • Planned downtime window for your site(s) is Saturday, May 4, 2013 – 3am to 7am EDT.

  • Your site(s) will be unavailable for four (4) hours while the MPCS upgrade occurs.

The MPCS upgrade will enhance our ability to provide effective support and maintenance of your Moodle server.  We will not be upgrading or changing the version of your Moodle or ELIS site(s) during this process.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to improve our ability to provide you the best service possible.

Sincerely,

Rod Deter, Vice- President of Client Services

Get Help with Media Projects for Your Courses

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Dear Faculty,

I’m writing to invite you to participate in this summer’s digital media tutor program. Each summer, LIS hires students to help faculty prepare curricular materials for upcoming courses and projects.  Under the direction of Joe Antonioli and Mack Roark, the digital media tutor program offers faculty an opportunity to collaborate with a tutor and other people in LIS. Students will be available to work with you from May 28th through August 30th.

Projects have included:

  • One on one instruction in a variety of software applications, including, but not limited to: images and document creation (including posters and diagrams); audio (podcasting, voiceovers); video (digital stories, other video applications); and social software (blogs, wikis, LMS).
  • Consultations to to discuss what is possible, and help you decide what technologies would best suit your needs
  • Development of course web sites in WordPress or Moodle
  • Digitization of audio or video for use in a course or series of courses
  • 3D simulations and virtual worlds
  • Conversations and planning around innovative ideas you may have

If you are interested in participating in this program, please send an email to Joe Antonioli (jantonio@middlebury.edu) with a short description of your project. Over the next two months we will be making plans to allocate resources, so even a sentence about an idea is helpful. Thank you.


First Year Seminar

If you are teaching a first year seminar next year and are planning to use a resource team, you have the option of working with a tutor over the summer and then having the tutor act as your resource team technologist in the fall or spring. This has proven to be very effective for courses that include media and/or technology assignments.

MiddLab

LIS has brought together a small team of librarians and technologists to provide support and consultation services focused on digital scholarship. In collaboration with hands-on support offered by the Wilson Media Lab tutors, MiddLab can provide research and support for a variety of areas including digital publishing, copyright advice, digital archive and data management, textual analysis, and geo-spatial and geo-temporal analysis. To learn how LIS can support your digital projects and scholarship contact Rebekah Irwin (rirwin@middlebury.edu).

Thank you, again, and we look forward to seeing some of you over the summer.

Digital Media Tutors, Summer 2012

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The Digital Media Tutors are finishing up another busy summer helping faculty get ready for the Fall. Our veteran Tutors (Christian, CIre, Erik, and Eshetu) helped out part of the summer or from a distance, while our new Tutors (Adam, David, Graciela, Harry, Jeff, Max, Mugo, Tran) ramped up their skills quickly to help over 40 faculty complete 90+ projects. Most of the projects involved migrating courses and course resources out of Segue to WordPress and Moodle. Some of these sites are available to the public, while others are limited to a Midd or MIIS login. Some of these sites are new personal sites for faculty, places where research and publication information can be collected. Here are some examples: http://sites.middlebury.edu/vwoolf2/ http://sites.middlebury.edu/latabladeflandes/el-curso/ http://sites.middlebury.edu/middjazz/ http://sites.middlebury.edu/alisonbyerly/ In addition to digitization projects, the new Tutors also stepped up to the plate and offered iMovie workshops for Language School classes, as well as research and conversations around media, animation and eBook development. One of the more interesting challenges the Tutors had this summer was figuring out how we were going to manage the space on Middlebury’s new island in Second Life. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Middlebury%20SL/229/198/21/?title=Middlebury%27s%20Middleverse As you can see from the pictures below, the space is under development to support language conversation space, as well as government role play. Snapshot_001 Snapshot_002 Snapshot_003 Guided tours will be available by request.

MiddSTART Recognized

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MiddSTART Andy Shaindlin is the current AVP for Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at Carnegie Mellon, and has mentioned MiddSTART on his Alumni Futures blog – 21 Examples of Crowdsourced Fundraising Platforms. MiddSTART is our microphilanthropy program that runs on a WordPress site. Thanks goes to Ian McBride, Chris Norris and our colleagues at College Advancement and the Project on Creativity & Innovation for making this project happen.

Get Help with Digital Media Projects for Your Courses

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

Dear Faculty,

I’m writing to invite you to participate in this summer’s digital media tutor program. Each summer, LIS hires students to help faculty prepare curricular materials for upcoming courses and projects.  Under the direction of Joe Antonioli and Mack Roark, the digital media tutor program offers faculty an opportunity to collaborate with a tutor and other people in LIS. Students will be available to work with you from May 2th through August 17th.

Projects have included:

  • One on one instruction in a variety of software applications, including, but not limited to: images and document creation (including posters and diagrams); audio (podcasting, voiceovers); video (digital stories, other video applications); and social software (blogs, wikis, LMS).
  • Consultations to to discuss what is possible, and help you decide what technologies would best suit your needs
  • Development of course web sites, using either a blog (WordPress) or our course management system (Moodle) or a combination of the two
  • Conversion and/or migration of websites from previous semesters
  • Digitization of audio or video for use in a course or series of courses
  • 3D simulations and virtual worlds
  • Conversations and planning around innovative ideas you may have

If you are interested in participating in this program, please send an email to jantonio@midddlebury.edu with a short description of your project. Over the next two months we will be making plans to allocate resources, so even a sentence about an idea is helpful. Thank you.


First Year Seminar

If you are teaching a first year seminar next year and are planning to use a resource team, you have the option of working with a tutor over the summer and then having the tutor act as your resource team technologist in the fall or spring. This has proven to be very effective for courses that include media and/or technology assignments.

Digital Scholarship

LIS has brought together a small team of librarians and technologists to provide support and consultation services focused on the Digital Humanities and digital scholarship. In collaboration with hands-on support offered by the Wilson Media Lab tutors, this new group, informally named the Digital Scholarship Group, can provide research and support for a variety of areas including digital publishing, copyright advice, digital archive and data management, textual analysis, and geo-spatial and geo-temporal analysis. To learn how LIS can support your digital projects and scholarship contact Rebekah Irwin (rirwin@middlebury.edu).

Migration from Segue

At the end of this summer, we will be terminating Segue. It will no longer be available after Aug. 31st, 2012. If you have material currently in Segue that you would like to use in future semesters, you sill need to migrate/archive it to another platform.

Instructions on how to archive, migrate and/or change the status of a site are available here. You may also contact your Liaison if you have further questions.

Thank you, again, and we look forward to seeing some of you over the summer.