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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 (go.miis.edu/techo OR go.middlebury.edu/techo) 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 dlinq@middlebury.edu. 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


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DIRT Digest | Aug 8 – Latest News from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) has an active blog and weekly updates called “The DIRT”. If you are not yet a subscriber, here’s a digest of recent news and updates from recent weeks in case you missed them:

DLINQ posts its weekly blog series, “The DIRT!” on Tuesdays. This is where you will find updates on projects, news, and developments from staff in our Middlebury, Vermont and Monterey, California offices. We invite you to subscribe to blog updates and visit our “About” page to learn about our office. Explore our “People” and “Projects” pages where you will find links to our areas of work, and learn how to connect with us.

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DIRT Digest – Latest News from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) has an active blog and weekly updates called “The DIRT”. If you are not yet a subscriber, here’s a digest of recent news and updates from recent weeks in case you missed them:

DLINQ posts its weekly blog series, “The DIRT!” on Tuesdays. This is where you will find updates on projects, news, and developments from staff in our Middlebury, Vermont and Monterey, California based offices. We invite you to subscribe to blog updates, visit our “About” page to learn about our office. Explore our “People” and “Projects” pages where you will find descriptions and links to our areas of work, and learn how to connect with us.

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DIRT Digest – Latest News from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

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The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) has an active blog and weekly updates called “The DIRT”. If you are not yet a subscriber, here’s a digest of recent news and updates from recent weeks in case you missed them:

DLINQ posts its weekly blog series, “The DIRT!” on Tuesdays. This is where you will find updates on projects, news, and developments from staff in our Middlebury, Vermont and Monterey, California based offices. We invite you to subscribe to blog updates, visit our “About” page to learn about our office. Explore our “People” and “Projects” pages where you will find descriptions and links to our areas of work, and learn how to connect with us.

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Middlebury graduate and undergraduate students explore the ‘China Dream’ through 2-week practicum

For two weeks, students from Middlebury Institute (MIIS) and Middlebury College, alongside Professors Yuwei Shi, Wei Lang, and Jessica Teets, traveled across China. They spoke with over 50 people, including graduate students, policymakers, researchers, members of the business community, social entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders. Through round-table discussions and lectures, the students attempted to answer the question – what is the “China Dream?”

The group included 13 Middlebury Institute students from the US and China representing five graduate degree programs (MA International Policy and Development, MA Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, MBA, MA Translation and Localization Management, and MA Translation and Interpretation) and five Middlebury College students representing three undergraduate degree programs (Philosophy, International Politics, and Economics).

The practicum began in the spring with an in-depth study of Chinese domestic politics, foreign policy, and social science research methods. Each student was encouraged to identify research topics they were particularly interested in exploring. The group landed first in Beijing, and visited several universities across the capital to engage with their Chinese peers in far-reaching discussions. They also met with representatives from the Foreign Affairs University and Microsoft China, and learned about subjects ranging from citizenship and patriotism in the digital space to China’s artificial intelligence development. To cap off their stay in the capital students attended a weekly press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and joined a round-table discussion with the manager of Investment Operations at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Beijing, Dr. Ke Fang.

“Perspectives on Development.” Photo courtesy of Katharine Moody Wong, MPA/IEM ’19

From Beijing, the group traveled to Suzhou and Shanghai where they spoke with the dean of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics on innovation and entrepreneurship in China, received a tour of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, learned about nonprofit incubation and social investing at the Shanghai Non-Profit Incubator, and even visited New York University’s Shanghai campus.

Moving south, the students visited Kunming, capital of Yunnan province – which borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam – to study conservation efforts and China’s grand Belt and Road Initiative. After Kunming, the group finally arrived in Shenzhen– just across the bay from Hong Kong, in the Pearl River Delta – and received instruction from several nongovernmental organizations on urban planning, conservation and the intersection of technology and charity.

Like the archetypal “American Dream”, definitions of the China Dream differ depending on who you ask, as Professor Shi discovered.

“A key take-away was understanding the diversity in perception of the China Dream among the Chinese. We expected a more uniform talk, but people shared directly about how they are (or are not) thinking about the China Dream. Being on the ground and learning about the kinds of lives the speakers have lived helped us understand this diversity in perspective. You could not grasp this lesson in a classroom. We [the faculty] thought teaching about the China Dream by going to China was a better way to learn. I walked away thinking this is the only way you can learn about this topic.”

MiddCORE comes back to Monterey!

The award-winning 4-week MiddCORE program returns to Monterey this July with classes held at the downtown Middlebury Institute campus and participants residing at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center, home to a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land and a short walk from a monarch butterfly migration stopping ground. On July 3 Middlebury Institute Professor Shalini Gopalkrishnan joined mentors Christal Brown, and Erin Quinn for sessions on Networking, Leadership, and Financial Literacy.

MiddCORE is a mentor-driven, experiential-learning program that builds skills, creates opportunities, and expands networks for tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.

One person with an idea, even with a great idea, changes nothing. Visionaries succeed with leadership skills, communications skills, and entrepreneurial insights. Building those skills and insights is the CORE of MiddCORE.

The key to the MiddCORE experience is our mentors. Each has a proven record of accomplishment in their fields, and a demonstrated ability to teach others the tools for success. MiddCORE mentors develop hands-on challenges that inspire students to think creatively, operate outside their comfort zone, and deal with ambiguity. They help students build capacities, identify opportunities, and become effective leaders. Students leave confident, resourceful, and prepared to lead. (See our testimonials).

View the latest updates. #middCoreSum18

DIRT Digest – Latest News from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

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The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) has been busy and missed a couple of recent MiddPoints. We have an active blog and weekly updates called “The DIRT”. If you are not yet a subscriber, here’s a digest of recent news and updates from the last few weeks in case you missed them:

In the Works

From our awesome Interns

A Few Evergreen Posts

DLINQ posts its weekly blog series, “The DIRT!” on Tuesdays. This is where you will find updates on projects, news, and developments from staff in our Middlebury, Vermont and Monterey, California based offices. We invite you to subscribe to blog updates, visit our “About” page to learn about our office. Explore our “People” and “Projects” pages where you will find descriptions and links to our areas of work, and learn how to connect with us.