Middlebury’s Course Hub presented at the New Media Consortium Summer Conference

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On Thursday, June 19th, Joe Antonioli, Senior Curricular Innovation Specialist, presented Middlebury’s Course Hub during the Idea Lab at thecourse hub award New Media Consortium Summer Conference in Portland, Oregon. The Hub won a “Judges’ Choice” award, and this has developed into discussions with other colleges and universities about the Hub concept and how it has worked for Middlebury College during the past three years.

The Course Hub is the location for faculty to find web-based resources available to them for their courses, and for students to find the resources for all of their classes in a given semester. Last year, 83% of faculty used the Hub to share resources for their courses, and 99% of students took a class that had a resource in the Course Hub.

Many have contributed to the success of the Course Hub, and the panther’s-share of the effort in the building and maintenance of the service has been executed by Adam Franco, Senior Application Developer. The Hub now has 9 possible services that can be accessed through each course’s hub page: Eres, Links, Middlfiles, Moodle, RSS Feeds, SANSSpace, Second Life, Shared Resources, and Syllabus. Congrats to all involved!

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Flurry of Moves Will Help Optimize Office Space

Middlebury Voices in the News: Weaponizing Ebola, Digital Community, Acting French

Middlebury Strengthens Sexual Misconduct Policy

First-Year Students Welcomed at Convocation

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Employee transportation benefit: Make your commute cheaper, easier, and more sustainable

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Middlebury staff and faculty ride all CCTA and ACTR buses for FREE, including the commuter buses to Burlington and Rutland. Riding CCTA and/or ACTR buses saves you money while lowering your carbon footprint.

ACTR bus routes and schedules / CCTA bus routes and schedules

To ride the free commuter buses, you will need a sticker from Human Resources for your Middlebury ID card:

  1. Go to Human Resources with your Middlebury ID Card and ask for the CCTA/ACTR sticker for your ID
  2. When you ride an CCTA or ACTR bus, show your Middlebury ID to the bus driver
  3.  The College reimburses rides on CCTA and ACTR commuter buses at NO expense to staff and faculty

NOTE: This is a staff and faculty benefit only. While students ride the Middlebury ACTR buses for free, they pay for the commuter buses.

Commuter Bus Routes

  • Tri-Town Shuttle Bus: Middlebury – Vergennes – New Haven – Bristol
  • Burlington LINK Express: Middlebury – Vergennes – Ferrisburgh  – Charlotte – Shelburne – Burlington
  • 116 Commuter: Middlebury – Bristol – Starksboro – Hinesburg – South Burlington – Burlington
  • Rutland Connector: Middlebury – Salisbury – Leicester – Brandon – Pittsford – Rutland

If you are unsure about how to use the bus system or where to park to catch a bus, contact Kris Smith at kksmith@middlebury or 802.443.2536.


Middlebury College partnered with the Addison Country Transit Resources (ACTR) and the Chittenden County Transport Authority  (CCTA) to offer this employee benefit.

Welcome Back to Campus!

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Welcome to the Class of 2018 and returning students! At the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI) we have a ton of NEW programming in store for you this year. Below, I’d like to both introduce you to some of the new features we’ve added to our offerings and mention some of the new ways […]

The ABC of Blu-ray: Foreign Region Blu-ray in classrooms

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Our classrooms support the playback of DVDs from any region of the world. However, this is not the case with Blu-ray discs. Blu-ray discs come in four “flavors” based on their region: Region Free, Region A, Region B, Region. C Currently, our classrooms support the playback of Region Free and Region A Blu-ray discs. (See the Regions section of this page for more info on Blu-ray regions: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/info.php).

At this time Media Services does not support the playback of Blu-rays from regions B and C in classrooms.

The Library does not order titles on Blu-ray from regions B and C and it does not maintain a library of titles of them.

If you have purchased a Region B or C Blu-ray disc that you need to use in class, please check the existing collection to see if we have the title in Region A. If not, the Library can attempt to purchase the (A) American region. Please use this form to request the purchase.

Even though equipment to play Blu-ray discs from any regions exists, it is not easy to use and it is unreliable. The procedure to project a blu ray of another region (B or C) is a complex procedure and will effect the ability for another person to play Blu-ray discs. In addition, the need for a remote control also adds a layer of complexity. Power outages also adversely effect the players settings and may make playback impossible.

For the reasons outlined above media services does not, at this time, support Blu-ray discs from region B or C.

We hope this will change in the future, and we will announce an update on this blog when that happens.

Sincerely,
Stewart Lane and Petar Mitrevski
Media Services

Interested in learning more about Banner? Join the Ellucian Commons.

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Are you interested in learning more about Banner?  Have questions about best practices?  Want to connect with colleagues at other Banner schools to learn how they have addressed challenging problems?  Consider joining the Ellucian Commons.

Some of you may remember the older Sun Guard Higher Education ListServ that used to allow Banner schools and users to communicate, collaborate, and stay connected.  Although some of those older ListServ threads still exist they have largely been replaced and augmented by the new Ellucian Commons system.

From the Ellucian Commons website – “…The Commons is an online community where Ellucian customers, partners, and employees can share experiences, ask questions, find answers, and connect to a collaborative and informed network.  Articles, news, blogs, best practices, reference materials, document libraries, discussion threads, and more provide the community with tools to share, learn, explore, and create.”

See more at: http://www.edu1world.org/submitform/CommonsInvitation/

Invitation to 9/16 MiddAction Fair

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Dear Faculty and Staff:

You are warmly invited to join us for the annual MiddAction Fair. Whether you’d like to explore opportunities to partner with community organizations regarding your teaching or research, or if you are new to our Middlebury community and would like to make a more personal connection to your new “home,” we welcome you to join us! Details below.

MiddAction Fair
When: Tuesday, September 16, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, McCullough

This is your chance to get involved: Meet representatives from more than 50 local non-profit organizations and student service groups with opportunities to get involved in the community.

The MiddAction Fair will provide you with the opportunity to engage directly in local activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities in areas such as education, literacy, youth mentoring, environment, emergency services, public health, poverty, hunger, housing, and much more.

Questions? Contact Quanteshia Tennyson, Community Engagement Poverty Initiatives Coordinator, qtennyson@middlebury.edu , 802.443.5113

This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.