Blog Post from the Office of Digital Learning: AALAC Digital Language Learning Workshop, School of Spanish Centennial Digital Book, Embodiment and the Digital, and more!

Check out the latest blog post from the Office of Digital Learning:

This Week in ODL

  • AALAC Digital Language Learning Workshop coming to campus in April
  • School of Spanish Centennial Digital Book in Scalar
  • Experience Required by Sean Michael Morris
  • Embodiment and the Digital: Amy Collier’s Talk at MIIS


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Weekly Web Updates – February 20, 2017

Our mobile / portal site is now on version 2 of the Kurogo framework, has a different design and some new features like integration with the campus map.

We made several updates to the Course Catalog service. It now supports courses that occur in just part of a term and have customized start/end dates, like PE classes and some off-campus programs. Additionally, we’ve updated the font used to render schedules. Course codes can now include lower-case letters and we’ve added a robots.txt file to the service making it easier for search engines to crawl.

The Appointments+ plugin for WordPress is a significant upgrade from the version we had been running (1.4.4). If you had tried this plugin before and it didn’t meet your needs, the new version may be worth a second look.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue where a link to a file would break in the Drupal WYSIWYG editor if the child element was also a file. For example, when an embedded image links to a PDF.
  • We’ve updated the Google Calendar content type on our Drupal sites to handle more forms of the remote calendar URL, particularly from
  • The code shown when clicking the HTML button in the WYSIWYG editor on the MIIS Drupal site is now indented.
  • The Commencement Archive has moved to the Special Collections site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, and CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Academic Roundtable – Fake News, Alternative Facts, and the Toxic Web: Strategies for Understanding and Coping with a Changing Media Universe

Please join us on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm in the CTLR located in the Davis Family Library, Suite 225.

We live now in a world where the traditional media has been supplanted by a much more complicated set of media outlets and platforms. How do we understand this new reality? What sorts of strategies might we use to keep ourselves informed? What sorts of media literacies must we cultivate in ourselves and in our students ?

Join us for a panel discussion led by Amy Collier (Office of Digital Learning), Sue Halpern (EAM), Terry Simpkins (Library), and Jason Mittell (FMMC)

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research

and the Library

Info Sessions Coming Soon for Watson, Fulbright, British and Schwarzman Scholarships

The fellowships office will host information sessions in the spring semester for students interested in learning more and applying to the Watson, Fulbright, British, and Schwarzman Scholarships. Look here for dates and times shortly. A few notes: Students interested in applying for Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill or Mitchell Scholarship nomination MUST submit an internal application by […]