Nick Muller receives grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency

Nick Muller (Economics) has received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency for two different collaborative research projects. With colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, he is working on a project titled Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) Center: Science Supporting Solutions. The goal of this research is to explore the interface between air pollution, climate change and energy use. With colleagues at the University of California-Davis, he is working on a project titled Optimal Energy Portfolios to Sustain Economic Advantage, Achieve GHG Targets, and Minimize PM2. This research explores air pollution, climate change, and economic activity in California. These grants provide salary funding for his 17-18 academic leave and summers for the next three years.

Ioana Uricaru receives Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin

Ioana Uricaru (Film and Media Culture) has been awarded one of this year’s Berlin Prizes by the American Academy in Berlin in support of Paperclip, a screenplay  and film project that she will be working on during her academic leave in 2016-2017. This residential fellowship provides a stipend and housing during Fall 2016 when she will be doing research in German museums, libraries, and archives related to the screenplay, which is set in German at the end of World War II.

Lorraine Besser awarded grant from a Templeton Foundation-funded initiative

Lorraine Besser (Philosophy) has received support from a Templeton Foundation-funded initiative called the Happiness and Well-Being Project, based at St. Louis University. She and a collaborator at the University of Virginia received a two year grant to work on an interdisciplinary project titled What is the Good Life? The Happy Life, the Perfectionist Life, or the Psychologically Rich Life? This project investigates the possibility that a psychologically rich life is a candidate for the good life. They will conduct a series of studies to determine whether or not people consider a psychologically rich life to be a good life and to determine whether such people structure their lives differently from people who consider happiness or perfection to be the good life.

College Counseling Workshop 2016

College Counseling Workshop 2016

Register Here for Workshop

The annual “Applying to College” workshop sponsored by the Admissions Office has been scheduled for Friday, June 10, 2016 of Reunion Weekend at McCardell Bicentennial Hall. High school age children and grandchildren of Middlebury alumni, faculty and staff as well as students from Vermont high schools are invited. Preference is given to juniors in high school.

This program gives an overview of the general selective college application process and does not focus on Middlebury College. It runs from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. with registration at 8:15 A.M.

The workshop for students covers 1) The admissions process:  The student’s responsibilities in owning and directing the admissions process and, 2) An admissions office’s responsibility in owning and directing the admissions process.

The workshop for parents addresses 1) How to be a supportive and effective parent throughout the admissions process, 2) followed by  case studies of college applications.

Student and parent workshops run simultaneously.

In separate sessions there will be a financial aid overview as well as a hands-on session reviewing the common application process.

Following the final presentation, individual afternoon appointments can be scheduled with Student Financial Services.

In addition, for any students who are interested specifically in Middlebury College, a group information session will be conducted at 1:30 P.M. and campus tours will be offered at 2:30 P.M.

The required registration deadline is Monday, June 6, 2016.

Questions?   Contact Joanne Leggett  jleggett@middlebury.edu

Join the Friends of International Students Host Program!

Dear Faculty and Staff-

Our Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2020 has begun! The Class of 2020 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.

ISSS will hold a series of information meetings about the program beginning on Wednesday, May 11, from 12:30-1:15. on the second floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, we encourage you to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program. We will also hold additional information meetings throughout the summer:

  • Tuesday, June 14 from 12:30-1:15
  • Wednesday, July 13 from 12:30-1:15
  • Thursday, August 4 from 5:15 to 6:00
  • Monday, August 15 from 12:30-1:15

To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858.

You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.

We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Notes for Panopto Follow-up May 10, 2016

Presenters – Jeff Dennis and Jordan Prickett from Panopto

 

Panopto enables:

  • Capture and upload video
  • Keep a searchable video library
  • Ability to watch Panopto playback on any device

 

Best Differences

  • Scale: competitors software will be limited in comparison (e.g., web casting is part of the platform, doesn’t require an appliance). No matter how much viewing or uploading, Panopto will scale up to handle delivery
  • Modern streaming approach
  • Amazon servers
  • Compare to Kaltura
  • Very transparent about support, cost, functionality

 

Video Content Management

  • View all sessions / videos
  • View videos in processing
  • Schedule recordings
  • Bookmark videos (user specific)
  • Organize through folders
    • Administrator vs. faculty / student access
  • Settings
    • Speech recognition
    • iTunes U category
    • Schedule video availability — upon approval of publisher, immediately, never, or set a date
    • Schedule availability — start/end date, or forever
  • What if we have videos that can only be viewed one at a time?
    • Short answer: we don’t offer that functionality; could be done with separate folders or manual setup
  • Create a playlist within a folder
  • Copy and delete specific folders
  • Copy videos by bulk from one folder to another (for sections, new semesters, etc.)
  • Similar management available at both the folder and at the individual video level.
  • Outputs for mp4:
    • Picture-in-picture, side-by-side, tile all streams
    • Increase or decrease quality of video
    • RSS, iTunes podcast, etc.

 

Analytics/Folder Stats

  • Download as a CSV
  • Views / Minutes Viewed / Average Minutes / Unique Users
  • View by Day, Week, Month, Year, All Time, Custom Range
  • View for all videos in a folder, or analytics by specific video
  • View by Panopto user
  • Views by video time (when students leave)
    • Analytics not tied back specifically to Canvas
  • Creators can also see their own folders’ analytics
  • SCORM packages created for every video
  • Can we find out across the institution what are the most popular videos, can we do that?
    • Yes; as long as you have permissions for all the videos
  • Bulk meta-data exports:
    • Output → download media
    • Site-wide export tool

 

Canvas Integration

  • Rolling synchronization: keeps permissions in sync
  • Can launch web-casted content into Canvas
  • SSO
  • Panopto recordings button integrated into course menu
  • Choose course / folder
  • Create video by uploading or from the Panopto recorder directly in the course
  • Search for videos from within Canvas
  • View analytics directly in Canvas
  • Panopto tool directly in WYSIWYG tool bar
  • Full viewer launches a separate web page
  • Integrate video by course or aggregate
  • Videos are housed on Panopto’s servers, not inside the Canvas course
  • Manage videos through the folder structure / organize videos in course folder
  • License includes classroom recording and student / teacher creation and upload
  • Permissions can be provisioned from Canvas to Panopto
  • Teachers are provisioned with their permissions/roles mirrored
  • Students are provisioned with their roles mirrored
  • Groups are mirrored between Canvas and Panopto
  • Grant access to anyone in organization, open on the web, etc.
  • Groups are just-in-time

 

Timeline

  • Integration = matter of hours
  • Timeline can vary, according to institutional preparation (“Matter of hours. A couple of days.”)
  • Set-up is literally filling out one form

 

Student

  • Create a sub-folder “drop box” within a provisioned course → gives students access to create and upload video
  • By default, drop box is private between student and teacher, but can be made public within a course
  • Once a video is in the drop box, it can be moved to another folder
  • Can multiple drop boxes be created for group work?
    • Yes. Drop box is a one-step setup, but you can get specific with permissions. Create multiple sub-folders for different kinds of student work and collaboration.
  • Role-mapping: Roles in Canvas are mirrored in Panopto
  • Provisioning is customizable at the integration level. Customizing is included in the price.

Notes for Ensemble Demo April 26, 2016

Presenters – Scott Nadzan from http://www.ensemblevideo.com

 

Accounts & Access

  • Supports LDAP, AD and CAS
  • User Roles
    • Institution Admin (Top-level “Middlebury”)
    • Org Admin (e.g. Biology, Communications)
    • Contributor (e.g. faculty)
  • Everyone can see the navigation across the top of Institution>Organization>Library; view/manage others depending on user role
  • LDAP Group Support(100k groups; rep will check support or suggest to limit group exposure)
  • Authentication and user management
    • CAS(supported in self hosted not cloud hosted) or Shibboleth.
    • Can Ensemble read user attribute from CAS or Shibboleth?

 

Storage

  • Deployment Options: http://www.ensemblevideo.com/video-platform/deployment.aspx
    • Self-Hosted
    • Cloud-Hosted
      • CAS is not available for this option
      • Cloud hosting: Option starts at 200GB, Level II 500 GB, Level III 1 TB, monthly streaming quote for level we choose
      • Cloud Infrastructure:
        • -3 sites, Scale Matrix CA, TX & Amazon. Headed to Amazon or Azure
    • Hybrid-Hosted (2 options – primary on-campus w/ cloud caching OR primary in cloud w/local caching)
      • -Hybrid Deployment: Software as a service and local hosted options, both recommended. Manual transition from one deployment to the other.
    • Multi-Tenant
  • -tech and security information available

 

Accessibility

  • ‘Responsive Interface’, size adjustable and resizable
  • Adaptive Streaming: yes – Client type(computer, tablet, phone) and bandwidth automatically identified and quality adjusted
  • Annotation, clickable searchable annotation on video
  • Use their captioning utility or caption, upload caption file, can submit to caption editor, can create caption track, searchable, currently only support one caption, next player will support multiple tracks
  • Search includes captions

 

Canvas/Moodle/Wordpress

  • Video embed through using button in WYSIWYG.
  • Playlist can be embedded
    • Playlist stored with Ensemble
    • Is automatically updated as videos are added
  • Videos can be added with attachments of associated files (ppt, pdf, etc.)
  • Can record video, audio and screen

 

Content Management

  • Upload Workflow’s 4 options
  • Download, Embed, Permalink & Share options can be enabled or disabled (permission at institution level possible)
  • Embed codes, iframe and java
  • Can use named urls
  • Playlists, can enable downloading
  • Shared Library, video’s shared to you (Restricted/Licensed Content)
    • Can restrict streams per video
  • Preview image of video
  • Can deploy a snippet of a video

 

Other

  • Pricing:
    • Self Hosted based on FTE, Midd’s Carnegie # 3,300
    • Cloud based upon capacity (storage and streaming)
      • -Set default and/or custom quotas at the institution, organization, and library levels
    • Ala carte model
      • Ensemble Live
      • Live Stream
      • Live Capture
      • Ensemble Studio
  • Exit Strategy/Large Scale Video Extraction:
    • MPEG4 download available, one by one
    • FTP download available
    • Or hard drive
  • Editing:
    • -Minimal: trim, start & stop
    • -more with screen capture

 

Overall Questions:

  • Per class libraries vs per user: either depending on use case
  • Record from mobile? Yes. (Recording requires separately-licensed app on mobile or desktop)
  • Can you manage the video before the upload is complete? No, but you can after the upload but before the processing is complete.
  • What’s the student view like? Some places use a public or student “portal” like the YouTube homepage with recommended videos, but it’s mostly expected that students will view/interact with videos primarily through Canvas. Admin interface is for admins.
  • Annotations? Text only; editor only (not students, though rep will investigate “team” features for group collaboration).
  • Unicode support – yes; RTL – need to check