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Course Hub Case Studies

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The Course Hub is being actively used by a variety of courses this fall.  To give a sense of the different ways faculty are using this new platform, we’ve made a short screencast that shows a number of courses and some the resources they have linked to their course hub sites.

Curricular Technology Workshops in December

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The Curricular Technology team has scheduled workshops and work sessions for faculty on various platforms that are available for teaching and learning. Workshops typically provide overviews of a given platform. Work sessions are designed to provide hands on support and consultation.

  • 2-3 pm, Thurs, Dec 8th, Library 105, Introduction to Moodle (sign up)
  • 3-4 pm, Thurs, Dec 8th, Library 105, Introduction to WordPress (sign up)
  • 3-4 pm, Tues, Dec 13th, Library 105, Curricular Technologies Work Session (sign up)
  • 2-3 pm, Wed, Dec 14th, Library 105, Curricular Technologies Work Session (sign up)

For more information on these, see: Workshops

For information about all workshops offered by LIS in December see: On-campus Workshops > Schedule

WordPress Workshops

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WordPress is a platform for creating a wide range of web sites, including this one. A number of workshops on WordPress have been scheduled in October.

WordPress Introductory Workshop

This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about WordPress.

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Fri, Oct. 14 Library 105

If you are interested in attending this workshop, see:
WordPress Workshop Sign Up

WordPress Work Sessions

We have also scheduled a number of work sessions on WordPress, as well as Moodle. These work sessions are designed to provide hands on assistance to anyone who is working on a site or has specific questions.  Here are dates/times:

  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Tues October 18, Library 105
  • 4:15 – 5:15 pm, Thurs October 20, Library 105
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Weds October 26, Library 105
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Thurs October 27, Library 105

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, see:
WordPress/Moodle Work Session Sign Up

For more information about WordPress, see:
http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/WordPress
http://sites.middlebury.edu/wordpress

For a full list of workshops offered by LIS as well as links to other resources for learning about technology, see:
Help & Support » How to Learn More » On-campus Workshops

WordPress in the Liberal Arts

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Last week I attended a Nercomp event on WordPress in the Liberal Arts in Norwood, MA and participated in a panel on WordPress themes and plugins with colleagues from the College of Wooster and Abilene Christian University.   About 45 people attended, most from institutions that were already using WordPress.  Many of these same institutions were also using Moodle and Drupal.

WordPress is used by many for course sites.  Abilene Christian University has integrated it with Banner making it easy for their faculty to create class blogs that automatically include students.  The College of Wooster has an instance of WordPress referred to as Voices, that includes BuddyPress and bbPress, popular WordPress plugins and associated platforms that add functionality for creating groups and forums and aggregating activity streams across various sites.   Mark Frydenberg from Bentley University teaches his students how to maintain a WordPress site, requiring each student to take on the role of site administrator and tasking them with changing the site theme, adding plugins and managing roles.

Some institutions are using WordPress for e-portfolios.  Macaulay Honors College has over 1,500 sites in EPorfolios@Macaulay, which also makes use of BuddyPress to create various groups that they plan to include in their upcoming WordPress student portal, My.Macaulay.  Some institutions even use WordPress for the college website including Bates, Lafayette and Wheaton.

Moodle and Course Hub Work Sessions

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The Curricular Technology team has organized a number of workshops on the Course Hub, Moodle and WordPress which have been very well attended and have provided us with great feedback.

We have also just scheduled a number of work sessions next week, specifically for faculty and staff who have already started to create sites in these new platforms and have specific questions or just want to collaborate with colleagues and LIS staff.   Here’s the schedule of these new work sessions:

  • 10:00-11:00 am Weds, Sept 7th, Library 105
  • 2:00-4:00 pm Weds, Sept 8th, Library 105
  • 10:00-12:00 pm Weds, Sept 9th, Library 105

For the full schedule of workshops, see:
Segue from Segue > Workshops

WordPress for Course Sites

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(Cross-posting from WordPress @ Middlebury):

WordPress and Moodle are the primary alternatives to Segue for course sites at Middlebury.  A number of workshops have been scheduled on how to use WordPress for course sites and how it is integrated with the Course Hub.

  • 11:00 am -12:00 pm, Wednesday, August 31, Library 105
  • 11:00 am -12:00 pm, Thursday, Sept 1, Library 105
  • 4:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept 6, Library 105
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept 7, Library 105

To attend one of these sessions, please fill out our sign up form, see:
WordPress / Course Hub Workshop Sign Up

These sessions have been scheduled before or after similar sessions on Moodle, Middlebury’s new learning management system (LMS).  To learn more about how these platform compare, see: Curricular Technologies Platform Overview. If you’d like to attend one of the Moodle sessions, there is still time to sign up: Click to sign up for a Moodle Workshop.

Moodle/WordPress training workshops – Language Schools 2011

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Dear Language Schools Faculty,

As you know, the current summer is the final semester in which you will be able to add new content to Segue. (After the end of this summer, Segue will become “Read-only”.)  Middlebury is in the process of transitioning away from Segue to other courseware.  In preparation for this, LIS is offering a series of training workshops for Language School faculty.  Moodle and WordPress will be covered in the sessions.  We will discuss background and theory (when to use what, how to transfer content, etc.), as well as offer hands-on training.

Several workshops will be offered in the Davis Family Library 105.

Week of July 4
Week of July 11
Week of July 25

Please use the signup sheet linked below. Exact times are listed on the signup sheet. There are 19 computers in the lab.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG5TVUZFM1lZLVlTT2c1cHVVMmoxZWc6MQ#gid=0