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7 Innovative Midd Course Sites in WordPress

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Have you considered using WordPress as a course website, but aren’t sure how it might look? Are you using it already, but curious about new ideas? Here’s a sneak peek at how other Middlebury faculty have been doing it.

Simple Websites
Create a simple website with WordPress by hiding its blog features. Make “Pages” for your content (e.g., syllabus, lecture outlines, and assignment overviews), then from the Settings > Reading menu, change your blog’s front page to a “static page.”

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History of American Women (login to view)

Share Course Materials and Announcements
Use WordPress’s blog “Posts” to share timely announcements with your class, and create “Pages” for static content like your syllabus, schedule, and resources that students need often.

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Modern Chinese Politics

Sharing & Publishing Student Work
Publish student work informally on the web, or give students a way to share their work with other members of the class. By elevating students’ role in your site to Contributor or higher (Users > Change Role To…), students can post to the course site themselves. WordPress’s Privacy settings give you control over whether student work is limited to just the class or beyond (Settings > Reading).

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Political Ecology of GMOs
Solvitur Ambulando
Middlebury Studio Art

Digital Class Project
An entire class might collaborate to produce an archival and educational resource that lives on well after the course ends. LIS can provide extra support for ambitious projects.

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Chicago Freedom Movement

Multi-Purpose
WordPress is flexible. Use it for a combination of posting course content, creating interactive opportunities for students, and as a platform to share student work.

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The Keys to Dan Brown’s Inferno

No matter which approach you adopt, your WordPress site can be visible to anyone on the web, limited to Middlebury account holders, or private to just the students in your course.

To create a WordPress site for your course, visit the Course Hub  > Manage Resources > Add a Resource > WordPress and follow the steps. Your LIS liaison is available to discuss ways you might use WordPress, walk you through the process, and provide additional support.

SAGE Research Methods Online (trial ends February 28, 2014)

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Students, faculty, and staff at the Monterey Institute for International Studies and at Middlebury College now have trial access to SAGE Research Methods Online

a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

Let us know what you think – email eaccess@middlebury.edu at Middlebury, or Ann Flower at MIIS, or your liaison.

Psychological Experiments Online (trial ends March 28, 2014)

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Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff have full access Psychological Experiments Online through March 28th.

Psychological Experiments Online pairs audio and video recordings of quintessential experiments in psychology with thousands of pages of primary-source documents. It also includes notes from experiment participants, journal articles, books, field notes, and final reports in topics from obedience to authority and conformity to operant conditioning.

Let us know what you think! Send feedback to eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Business Monitor International (trial ends February 20th)

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Students, faculty and staff at the Monterey Institute for International Studies have had full access to Business Monitor International since 2005. BMI provides daily reports from their experts around the world containing information and data on topics ranging from infrastructure to business environments to industry trends and political risks, country by country.

Look it over and help us determine if we should also provide access to you and your colleagues and peers at Middlebury. Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

 

Oxford Bibliographies Online (trial ends Feb. 21, 2014)

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We have trial access to Oxford Bibliographies Online, (OBO) now with a new platform, better interface and other improvements since our previous trial of this resource in October 2011.

Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides.

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Founder’s Day viewing of the original College Charter

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To mark Founder’s Day, the original Middlebury College Charter, signed by the Governor of Vermont on November 1st, 1800, will be on view in Special Collections & Archives in the Davis Family Library from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, November 1st, 2013.

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Old Chapel, 1890

Arabic language e-books and e-journals – trial through November 22, 2013

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AlmanhalMiddlebury College and the Monterey Institute for International Studies have trial access to content from academic publishers, research and scientific societies, and university presses across the Middle East available from Al Manhal until November 22, 2013.

Check it out and let us know what you think – email Ann Flower at MIIS or at Middlebury, eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.