Tag Archives: Training

Are you suffering from SSDS (Sidebar, Subpage, Drupal Syndrome)?

NervousIs your department head asking you to update the department’s web page?  Does the thought of adding a sidebar make you call the Helpdesk?  Fear not, join us for a Drupal Intro class.  We’ll cover the basics of Drupal so you’ll be adding links, pictures, and a host of other cool things to your page the very next day.

For you more advanced users who may be struggling with needs beyond the basics (such as converting your forms), join us for a work session or two.  We’ll help you get the job done and you’ll leave with the “know how.”

You’ll find all the upcoming workshop information at go/techworkshops; sign up for the class that fits your needs.  See you on the sidebar… or maybe in a subpage.

For Staff & Faculty: One Stop Shopping for Department & Course Website Assistance

Help Key

Need to make changes to your departmental web page?  Could you use a hand with your course website or blog?  Have questions about moving your webforms to our new secure server?  Do wiki formatting woes keep you awake at night?  We have the solution — a peaceful place where you can work on your pages AND get your questions answered.  Sign up for a Website Maintenance Work Session (or two).  Staff from Information Technology Services (ITS) and Academic Technology will be available to answer your questions and help you troubleshoot problems. These are not formal workshops — please bring your work, your questions, and yourself!

Our first session will be offered Tuesday, September 16 at 9:00 am in Davis Family Library, room 105.  Visit go/techworkshops to view the rest of the fall semester schedule.  Please use our convenient online signup form to let us know you what session(s) you plan to attend.

pwt/fym Training Session 3 Macro to Micro

Thursday, 2/27/14
CTLR (lib 225)
Session 3—Macro to Micro

Who needs to come?

  • All new PWTS must attend.
  • Trained PWTs and FYMs who did not attend session 2 must attend.
  • Trained PWTS who are becoming FYSMS should have attended session 2.

What is the topic?

  • Macro to Micro
  • Using a Thesis Statement
  • Hands-on practice session with one of your papers

What should I bring?

  • One of your papers for us to workshop
  • Your folder

Always bring your training folder to all training sessions.
Make-up sessions are only for those who have received prior approval. E-mail Emily Colton to request a makeup. Attending a makeup is a privilege not a right.

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Spring 2014 Organization Meeting Thursday, February 13, at 4:30 PM

Our first Peer Writing Tutor and Writing and Academic Mentor training session takes place Thursday, February 13, at 4:30 PM in CTLR (Davis Family Library 225). All new and trained PWTs and FYSMs must attend this Organizational Meeting.   If you are new or were abroad last semester, we will take your picture for our wall, and you will receive your training folder.  If this is your first paid job at Middlebury College, make sure you have all the documents you need for employment.

  • You can find the whole spring training schedule below and at go/pwt.
  • New Tutors will attend all six sessions.
  • Trained PWTs and FYSMs will attend three sessions (Org, Session 2 or 3, and Session 4,5, or 6).

We have only a handful of First-year Seminars in the spring, so we have many Mentors without assignments. Mentors who would like to train and  work as Peer Writing Tutors in the spring, will attend The Org Meeting, Session 2, and Session 4. . Because we added several Commons drop-in sessions last semester, we now have 19 drop-in positions and 19 official alternate drop-in positions.  You can apply for these drop-in positions at the Organization Meeting Thursday, February 13.

I look forward to seeing you next month! In the meantime, feel free to e-mail me with questions.

If for any reason you will not be training or working in our program spring semester, please email me immediately, and I will remove you from our email list. If you are not graduating in May, you can work for us another semester.

Training Dates for PWTs and FYMs

Spring 2014 Training Dates for Peer Writing Tutors & Writing and Academic Mentors for First-Year Seminars

Org Session          Thursday, February 13, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 2             Wednesday, February19 CTLR, 4:30-6:30
(Bring a paper of your own to Session 3.)
Session 3              Thursday, February 27, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 4              Thursday, March 6 , CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 5              Thursday, March13, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 6              Thursday, March 20, CTLR, 4:30-6:30

Please bring your folder to every training session.


Sub Sandwich? Noooo Subpage (Drupal Classes and Work Sessions)

Needing to learn how to edit your Department’s webpage? Want to know how to add sub pages, pictures and sidebars?  Checkout go/lisworkshops for upcoming Drupal Intro classes and Work Sessions.  From basic content to sidebars, the intro class will give you what you need to get started.  Join us for a Drupal intro class and, for you more advanced users, bring your challenges to a work session and we’ll help you work through them.

Liaison Discussion: Data Management

Topic: Data Management. Led by Wendy Shook.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
Where and when: Friday, October 25, 10-11 am. LIB145.

Description: Wendy will bring us up to date on the status of science data management, data management planning, and a pilot data repository in the making.

“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.

PWT/FYM Session 5–Working with Multilingual Students and Problems Students Face

When and Where?

Thursday, October 10, 4:30-6:30, CTLR, LIB 225

What are we doing?

  • “Working with Multilingual (ESL) Students” ~ Dr. Shawna Shapiro
  • Problems Students Face

Who needs to come?

  • All new PWTs and new FYMs (not previously trained as PWTs)
  • Trained PWTs and FYSMs who did not attend session 4, need to come to this session, or session 6, or a Research Workshop with Librarian Carrie Macfarlane on Monday, Oct 28th (time and location TBD)


Make-up sessions are only for those who have received prior approval.   E-mail Emily Colton for prior approval.


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