About Alex Chapin

Alex Chapin no longer works at Middlebury College. He is the Executive Director of Academic Technologies at UNC Charlotte. Contact him at (704) 687-0059 or achapin@gmail.com

Curricular Technology Workshops in December

Categories: Curricular Technology LIS Staff Interest Middlebury Community Interest moodle WordPress workshops

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

Introduction to WordPress

Categories: Updates

We will be offering another introductory workshop on WordPress for anyone interested in creating a new WordPress site or just learning more about the platform.

  • 3-4 pm, Thurs, Dec 8th, Library 105, Introduction to WordPress (sign up)

If you are a faculty person using WordPress for one or more course sites and would like assistance setting up your site, come to one of our Curricular Technologies work sessions:

  • 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)

Finally if you are currently using WordPress for your course sites but are interested in trying out Moodle as an alternative or additional platform for your course, consider attending a Moodle workshop:

  • 2-3 pm, Thurs, Dec 8th, Library 105, Introduction to Moodle (sign up)

New Plugin: Jetpack

Categories: Updates

We’ve just installed Jetpack on sites.middlebury.edu.  This plugin replaces the WordPress.com stats plugin that many use to keep track of how many people are viewing their sites.

If you own or are an administrator on a site that used the WordPress.com stats plugin, we encourage you to update to JetPack.  For more information, see:
Plugins > Jetpack

Update: We have had reports that updating from WordPress.com Stats plugin to Jetpack may prevent access to historical site statistics.  If such statistics are important to you, we recommend not updating to Jetpack until these issues are resolved.

JetPack also has a number of other features including a Twitter widget, support for LaTex markup and a spelling, grammar and style checker.  For more information, see:
http://jetpack.me/