Joseph Antonioli

Senior Curricular Innovation Specialist

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Middlebury’s Web Presence – a few high level snapshots

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The Wayback Machine can give us a  glimpse into the world wide web of the past, and there you can see snapshots of Middlebury’s early web sites as far back as 1997 with some data on web traffic as far back as 1995. If you go to the Web Application Development group’s web site, you will see a slide-show of how our main site has changed visually over the years.

In those days, most of the content was delivered using html pages, content that stood alone on a single file, maybe pulling in some images or linking to a clever cgi script that powered a guestbook. Over the last seventeen years Middlebury College has seen this grow from many linked pages to many linked platforms, sharing information across many sites and systems, making up our web presence.

This picture is a high-level snapshot of the make up of our web applications at this time. The diagram uses categories to group web applications based on a common purpose or activity.

Middlebury Web Presence

  • Presentation – the goal is to get information to as broad an audience as possible.
  • Curricular Activity – tied directly to teaching and learning activities, may be associated with a grade.
  • Database – primary purpose is to organize collections of content using metatdata and some type of search functionality, may be displayed in a different way using Presentation or Curricular applications.
  • E-commerce – a financial transaction is taking place, security and accuracy are important.
  • Administration – tied to transfer of data and information workflow.

Some of the applications land in multiple categories, these are colored for easy finding. Some support multiple sites (+), and examples have been added to give us a broader picture of the use of these applications. More sites will be added as we drill down into each category in future posts.

Midd Web Presence Open

The diagrams are meant to be information and visuals to help people understand what applications we have available and what they do, and help us make decisions on the growth of our web presence and how we support it. Note that these diagrams do not list applications installed in personal spaces on community and middfiles. If you feel that an application is missing, please email me and let me know. Comments and thoughts are also welcome.

(If you would like to see the live file, download the software HERE and then download the file HERE)

Segue’s Decommissioning, Course Hub, and Curricular Technology Workshops

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

Segue’s decommissioning will culminate on Friday August 31st, 2012 when Segue is taken offline.  In preparation for this deadline, as of January 1st, 2012, faculty will no longer be able to create Segue websites. We recommend that all new sites be created in either Moodle or WordPress.  Segue migration workshops will begin in Winter Term and continue into the Spring and Summer 2012 semesters.

Our curricular web tools can be found via the Course Hub, a starting point for access to online resources. From the Course Hub instructors can create sites in Moodle and WordPress as well as make links to ERES and resources around the Internet.

Options for Migration and Archiving

Segue site owners are encouraged to migrate sites they wish to continue working with to Moodle, WordPress or ERES.  LIS has tools and workshops for assisting with migration, and can help you archive sites.

If you need help deciding platform best fits your pedagogical needs, please contact your liaison.

Segue Migration Workshops

The Curricular Technology team will provide a number of workshops and work sessions to help faculty migrate from Segue.

Segue Migration Sessions

These sessions will be focused on migrating Segue sites to other platforms.

  • 1-2 pm, Tues, Jan 10th, Library 105  (sign up)
  • 2-3 pm, Wed, Jan 11th, Library 105  (sign up)
  • 1-2 pm, Wed, Jan 18th, Library 105  (sign up)

 

Curricular Technology Work Sessions

These sessions will be open work sessions where faculty can get support for any curricular use of technology including using Moodle and WordPress and also migrating Segue sites

  • 2-3 pm, Jan 12th, Library 105 (sign up)
  • 3-4 pm, Jan 19th, Library 105 (sign up)
  • 11 am-12 pm, Jan 24th, Library 105 (sign up)
  • 2-3 pm, Jan 26th, Library 105 (sign up)

 

Introduction to Moodle Workshops – Prepare your courses for the Spring Semester

These workshops will give an overview of Moodle for faculty interested in migrating their Segue sites to Moodle

  • 3-4pm, Jan 11th, Library 105 (sign up)
  • 2-3pm, Jan 18th, Library 105 (sign up)

 

Introduction to WordPress Workshops – Prepare your courses for the Spring Semester

These workshops will give an overview of WordPress for faculty interested in migrating their Segue sites to WordPress

  • 4-5pm, Jan 11th, Library 105 (sign up)
  • 4-5pm, Jan 18th, Library 105 (sign up)

If these dates/times are not convenient for you, please contact your liaison, who may be able to provide you with enough information to get you started via a phone call or a house call to your office.

Please Test the New Portal

Categories: Midd Blogosphere
Over the summer, Communications and Web Application Development have been working together to bring Middlebury a service that will bring news, events and other information into one location. It began as a mobile project, a way to address the cumbersome browsing of our main site in smartphone browsers, and grew into a way that faculty, students and staff could find a wide breadth of information no matter what device they are using. This is Middlebury’s first big push into portal and mobile technology, so we are asking anyone and everyone to browse these sites from all of their devices and use the FEEDBACK link to share their experience. We would like this to be the place where the Middlebury Community goes to find information about what is happening on campus, so all thoughts are welcome. The Portal – Desktop and Laptop version Choose your favorite browser and point it to http://portal.middlebury.edu or go/portal. Browse the page to see snippets of information, or click on the blue icons to find full articles, stories, events, dining menus, etc. The CUSTOMIZE icon will give you a preview of things to come, allowing you to add and remove features.   The Portal – on a Smartphone Open your phone’s browser and point it to http://m.middlebury.edu or go/m or go/mobile.Click on the icons to see streams of information optimized for mobile devices. Use the same CUSTOMIZE button to make changes on the home screen. Again, please click on the FEEDBACK icon to share your experience. Thank you for taking the time to try this new service out!

Get Help with Digital Media Projects for Your Courses

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Dear Faculty,

I’m writing to invite you to participate in the Digital Media Tutor summer student program. We have received a few requests already, and would like to make sure that everyone is aware of this service before the end of the academic year. Many faculty have worked with student tutors to produce a variety of curricular materials, ranging from sophisticated course web sites to 3d virtual worlds. This is also a good opportunity to talk with a student and a technologist about what is possible.

This summer, under the supervision of Joe Antonioli and Mack Roark and our returning tutors, we have hired a new group of students to assist you. Students will be available to work with you from May 23rd through August 26th, with some working right up until fall classes begin. We can work around your vacation plans.

The objective is to enable you to collaborate with students who will prepare, organize and produce materials while you concentrate on the pedagogical issues.
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).
    – One on one consultations to discuss options and possibilities
    – Development and design of WordPress and MediaWiki sites
    – Conversion from static website to one of the dynamic web platforms
    – Preparations for First Year Seminar courses
    – Digitization of audio or video for use in a course or series of courses
    – Creation of multimedia databases
    – Scanning of documents, printed images and 35 mm. slides for course use
    – 3D simulations and virtual worlds
    – Other interesting 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.

New LMS and the Course Hub

This spring, a new LMS will be chosen to replace Segue. Digital Media Tutors will be available this summer to help orient faculty to the new teaching and learning environment. Also, Tutors will be available to help faculty connect their resources to the new Course Hub.

http://courses.middlebury.edu

First Year Seminar

If you are teaching a first-year seminar next fall, you might also consider using a Digital Media Tutor as the educational technology person on your resource team. The summer is a great time to talk with a Digital Media Tutor about your class, and gain a student’s perspective about the use of technology. During the fall semester, this student will be a peer resource for media and technology assignments.

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

Joe Antonioli
Web and Interactive Media Technology
jantonio@middlebury.edu

Video Hosting Services Expand

Categories: General

Announcing a new video hosting service, MIDDMedia. This service allows for the streaming and downloading of mp4 and flv video, and mp3 audio files for people with Middlebury and Monterey accounts.

In addition, we have integrated this service with our web platforms- the college CMS, Segue, WordPress and Mediawiki. Log into your site, blog or wiki and manage your media, allowing you to add the media to a page.

Is there ONE place that I can go to to see videos created by people at Middlebury? In answer to this question, we have been working with Communications, and are now beta-launching MIDDTube, a place where we can pull together video from many places, whether the video is hosted by MIDDMedia, YouTube, or any other service.

Who Sees My Blog?

The WordPress.com Stats service is listed on the PLUGINS page, down towards the bottom.  Once you have activated it, you will have access to a SETTINGS page with directions on how to set up the service.

This plugin uses the stats software from WordPress.com, so you will need to make an account with their service for each of your blogs.  Once this is done, you can log in to the stats from your DASHBOARD and see how many hits, when, and where from.

Default Category

If you do not change your settings, “Uncategorized” remains your default category.  The following are instructions on how to change the default category.  BEWARE, this may give the impression to people that you really are more organized than you really are…

  1. Click on SETTINGS
  2. Click the WRITING tab
  3. Choose the category from the “Default Post Category” dropdown menu
  4. Click the SAVE button