Joseph Antonioli

Senior Curricular Innovation Specialist

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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 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 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

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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 ( 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.

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

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 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, 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

Under Development

Categories: General

Recently, three more plugins have been added. Thank you to Brett Wilhelm for setting up a space where we can test them!

  • Private Only allows the owner of a blog to require a login for anyone to view their blog.
  • WP-Stats will allow a blog owner to view user activity on their blog.
  • Ian McBride recommended and tested cForms, a plugin that allows a blog owner to create and embed forms in their blog, and have the submissions sent to the owner via email.

A plugin must be activated so that it can be used on your Middlebury blog. To do this, got to the PLUGINS page (the link is in the upper right-hand side) and click on the Activate link.

If you would like your blog listed on MiddBlogs, please email Joe at

MIIS Email confusion

Email addresses from the Monterey Institute of International Studies can have one of the following three formats:


With regards to MIDDBlogs, any of the email addresses can be used to register for a blog. The catch is that you have to remember which one you used. If you registered and created your own blog, you will need to use the same email address when someone adds you to their blog.