French Grammar Site

This project was assigned in June of 2017, and I was lucky enough to work with Professor Humbert from the Middlebury French Department on the creation of a French Grammar Website.  The site is hosted on Canvas, an educational tool that schools like Middlebury purchase from Instructure.  The goal of the project was to create an easy-to-use, well designed online space for Middlebury students to learn French at their own pace outside of the classroom.  Professor Humbert also hopes that, when the site is finished, students from outside the Middlebury community can profit from it too.

Canvas contains most of the tools to create an online learning space, but using the platform for what amounts to a comprehensive French grammar textbook was certainly challenging.  I was able to use the built-in “quizzes” tool creatively to produce a variety of different learning challenges: from songs and oral comprehension to fill-in-the-blank question prompts.  I also spent a lot of time making the work Professor Humbert had done prior to beginning work on the new site, such as creating exercises and grammar explanations, compatible with the new platform.  This involved the conversion of many files from Word documents to PDFs.  Finally, I was able to use the online design tool, Canva (not to be confused with Canvas), to create attractive and copyright-eligible designs for much of the site.  I hope to continue working with Professor Humbert on this project, and that many students profit from the existence of such a site.

Lands & Lens WordPress site

I provided assistance for Professor Kirsten Hoving on her Lands & Lens WordPress site, linked below. When I took on the project, the site was already made and needed help with specific functionalities that would make it more user-friendly. Over the course of 3-4 weeks, I worked with Kirsten and Heather on gradually tweaking parts of the site. For example, I helped format the pages shown on the left. My main focus was the aesthetics of the page, both with the presentation of the artworks and its descriptions, which was formatted mainly through Photoshop. In order for the user to easily navigate through this site, we also added references throughout the site to direct unfamiliar visitors to see all the artwork (i.e. back buttons, widgets).

I had some experience with WordPress before taking on the project which made it easier for me to navigate Kirsten’s site quickly. Throughout the process, I used Adobe Photoshop and some background knowledge of CSS to help improve the look of the site.

Click here to view the site!




Russian for Everybody Site

This project was initiated and completed in Summer 2017. I was asked to make a playlist of Russian instructional mp3 audio files in Panopto and then embed the link in a WordPress site that is open to the whole world.

I first created a folder in Panopto called “Russian for Everybody” and then under the folder I made 7 sub-folders. Under each folder I uploaded about 5 audio files. After that, I then created a WordPress site and activated the Panopto plugin. The Panopto Embed Handler Looks for URLs matching a Panopto session, and switches them out for the standard Panopto embed code.The files are for Russian language school but they are also open to the public. Initially I had problems with settings to make sure the site was accessible to everyone. While in the Panopto folder I made the accessibility public, on the WordPress site, I forgot to do the same settings. After I allowed search engines to index the site, that issue was solved. I also had to clear some unnecessary information on the site to make sure that it was clean and only show the important information. Finally, I included a few tips on how to use the site.

To learn more about wiki information for Panopto at Middlebury click here 



Fayza: First Year Seminar Website

My first project as a Digital Media Tutor was assigned over summer in June of 2017.  This WordPress website was created for Professor Tom Beyer’s first year seminar.  The seminar is based on Dan’s Brown novel Origin and serves as a place where Beyer’s first year students provide a chapter by chapter analysis of the book throughout the duration of the course.

The website features Dan Brown’s social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter down the sidebar so site visitors can get real time updates from the author about the novel’s release on October 3, 2017.  This was done using Plug-ins provided by WordPress.  Professor Beyer publishes the website’s main content himself.  Through the use of WordPress widgets I was able to isolate Beyer’s work from his students’ posts.  When creating this website, we kept in mind that students would be uploading/writing posts weekly and adding them to the chapter pages.  To make this process as simple as possible, a separate page was created for each chapter of the novel so rather than creating new posts and categorizing them, students can click on the chapter and edit the page to add information.

This was my the first official website I created as a digital media tutor and it took approximately 3 weeks to complete. I liked that this was a complex website with many layers of functionality.  This project really helped me develop expertise in using WordPress for website development.

– written by Fayza Rahman ‘20.5

In the fall of 2017 this article was written about a culminating experience with the current cohort of FYSE students.