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Weekly Web Updates – August 20, 2018


Fixes and Tweaks

  • When adding a video to the Institute site, the thumbnail generated by YouTube, Vimeo, or Panopto will now be automatically imported and used as the splash image if one is not provided by the editor.
  • Added a Curated Events component to the Institute site which allows the editor to create custom event lists including past events.
  • Improved the editing experience of assigning a page in the Institute site to a menu with the menu_select module.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Creating a photo sharing platform for the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference.
  • Creating an online Services Catalog

Royal Society of Chemistry – journal archive

The library has recently purchased access to all issues of journals published by the Royal Society of Chemistry from 1841 through 2007. Journal titles include:

You can browse by journal title or article content from the RSC’s homepage. The journal titles can also be found in Midcat and in our A-Z list of journals, and articles with content matching your Summon search will turn up in Summon results. All this now accessible from on- or off-campus!

New to the libraries

The Middlebury libraries are pleased to announce access to some new resources for the Middlebury community.

  • ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World – an authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions.
  • Disability in the modern world – One person in seven experiences disability, yet the story of this community and its contributions is largely absent from the scholarly record. Access to the primary and secondary source materials within this collection enables you to include this important piece of the puzzle in your research.
  • National Geographic: 1995 to the current issue – we have had access to this magazine archive through 1994 for several years. Now content up to and including the current issue is available online.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers, The Atlanta Constitution: 1946-1984 – we have had access to content from 1868 to 1945 for several years; this purchase fills a gap in Southern US news coverage for the mid- to late-twentieth century.
  • China: trade, politics, and culture; 1793-1980 – With documents encompassing events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People’s Republic, this resource collects sources from nine archives to give an insight into the changes in China during this period.

MBA Scholarships for NYU Stern School of Business

Are you thinking about business school? The NYU Stern Willam R. Berkley Scholarship is for exceptional college seniors and recent college graduates who wish to pursue their MBA directly after their undergraduate degree or within a year of graduation. The Berkley Scholarship covers full tuition and mandatory fees, and includes a generous stipend for housing and educational expenses.

Berkley Scholars take advantage of all that NYU Stern has to offer including global experiences, a strong alumni network, and the Office of Career Development. Past Scholars have worked at companies such as Amazon, McKinsey, and MasterCard.

If you’d like to learn more about the Berkley Scholars, visit our website. We also invite you to join us for a webinar on Tuesday, October 2nd at 4:00pm EST. Please RSVP here.

Preparing for the Semester with Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

Dear Middlebury Faculty,

Greetings from the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ)! As fall term approaches, we are looking forward to working with you to explore and create digital learning opportunities that advance your pedagogical goals and support student learning.

To help you explore the curricular technology resources available to you, and to get your course sites up and running, we’ve created a set of online, self-paced materials and course site quick-tips.

One-on-one consultations

DLINQ staff are available for one-on-one consultations (in person or online via Zoom) throughout the academic year to work with you to build digital technology-supported teaching and learning spaces and experiences. Please click here to set up a consultation.

Online, Self-Paced Technology Orientation Modules

Middlebury Faculty Technology Orientation Online Modules

We’re excited to share a set of self-paced, online orientation modules ( OR that will walk you through the necessary steps to get started with technology resources that can support your teaching at Middlebury, including:

  1. Activating/resetting your Middlebury credentials
  2. Connecting to Middlebury’s cyberinfrastructure (wifi, email, printing, etc).
  3. Leveraging digital teaching resources (Course Hub, Canvas, WordPress, Panopto, etc.)
  4. Getting help along the way

These online materials can be accessed at any time. We recommend that you review this resource before classes begin, and you can refer back to it at anytime throughout the semester.

Additional self-paced resources include:

  1. Troubleshooting guide
  2. Toolshed

Course Site Quick Tips

Here are some quick-tips specifically related to getting your course sites up and running.

1. Check your Course Roster on Course Hub

Review a dynamic course roster with student names and headshots

Tutorial: How To View Class Roster

2. Upload your Syllabus

Provide students with your course syllabus before the first day of class

Tutorial: How to Add Course Syllabus to Course Hub

3. Link your Course to a New Canvas Site

Set up a new (empty of content) Canvas site for the next academic term. You need to do this step even if you are planning to import content from a previous term

Video: How to Add a Canvas Resource in Course Hub

4. Import a Canvas Template from Canvas Commons

If you’re creating a new Canvas course and are pressed for time, save yourself a few steps by using one of our customized Canvas templates

Tutorial: How to Use the Canvas Commons

5. Link Your Course Hub to Library E-Reserves

Simplify student access to your course Library E-Reserves

Video: How to add a Link to Library E-Reserves

6. Import & Re-purpose Content from a Past Canvas Site into a New Canvas Site

Copy course content from a previous term into a new Canvas resource for the current term. Complete task #3 above before your import.

Tutorial: How to Copy Content from One Canvas Site to Another

7. Import & Re-purpose Content from Moodle* into a New Canvas Site

Request an import or “rollover” of Moodle course content from a previous term into a new Canvas resource for the current term. Complete task #3 above before your import.

Rollover Request: Moodle > Canvas

8. Make your Canvas Site Visible to Students

By default, when a new Canvas resource is added to your Course Hub, the site is set to be invisible to students, allowing you to set up the site without them seeing it “under construction”.

Tutorial: Step-by-Step instructions to Update Canvas Resource Visibility

*Moodle Decommissioning: For returning faculty who previously taught with Moodle LMS, please be reminded that Moodle will be decommissioned in December 2018. To ensure that you do not lose access to former course sites, your action may be required before the end of term. See this resource for more information.

Check out MiddCreate

MiddCreate LogoMiddCreate provides space on the web where students, faculty, and staff can explore and connect their learning, experiment with digital tools for teaching and learning, and create a digital identity that is owned and managed by them. Faculty can install a variety of teaching and learning tools on their MiddCreate spaces (e.g., WordPress, MediaWiki). Learn more and get started with MiddCreate.

Other questions? Reach out to us at We look forward to working with you!

The DLINQ Leadership Team

Amy Collier, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Digital Learning
Bob Cole, Director of Exploratory Initiatives and Partnerships
Bill Koulopoulos, Director of Technology and Learning Spaces
Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Ed.D., Director of Digital Pedagogy and Media

Featured Image Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

Zoom at Middlebury

As of July, Middlebury has been using Zoom as its primary video and web conferencing platform for one full year.  Zoom is being used for both large and small meetings as well as classes and webinars.  The response has been overwhelmingly positive and the usage metrics reinforce the positive response.

June Meeting Statistics

June Meeting Locations

Did you know?

  • Only the host of a Zoom meeting needs an account, and anyone from anywhere in the world can join.
  • Up to 100 video or audio participants can join a standard Zoom meeting.
    • By request, Middlebury has large meeting licenses available for up to 200 attendees and webinar licenses which can accommodate up to 500!
  • Zoom can be used as a telephone-only conferencing bridge, replacing existing Verizon conference lines.
  • H.323 / SIP video conferencing endpoints (Polycom, Cisco, Tandberg) can connect to Zoom meetings.

All faculty, staff and students with an address have access to Zoom.  For more information on Zoom, please visit go/zoominfo, or, to sign-in and start using Zoom, visit go/zoom.  Questions about Zoom?  Please submit a Web Help Desk ticket.

ProQuest resources down this weekend

Maintenance of ProQuest servers will require downtime for our subscribed resources listed below for several hours beginning at 10pm EDT Saturday night, August 18th, and concluding about 8 hours later. If you encounter difficulties during this window, please try again later

  • ProQuest platform (
  • ProQuest Congressional (
  • Chadwyck-Healey databases (Early English Books Online)
  • eLibro Spanish-language e-books
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm – New York Times, Boston Globe, Burlington Free-Press
  • Ancestry Library Edition