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The DIRT for October 22-26, 2018

NOW Edit-a-thon is this Friday!

Description: The Newspapers on Wikipedia edit-a-thon will be held on October 26, 12:00-4:00 pm PT | 3:00-7:00 pm ET. The event, which will be hosted in the Wilson Media Lab and at the DLC Design Space in Monterey, will encourage Middlebury students, staff, and faculty to create Wikipedia pages for local Vermont and California newspapers. Participants can choose which roles they want to play (researcher, writer, proofer/closer) and we will have librarians assisting those who are taking on the “researcher” roles. BONUS: there will be pizza, refreshments and there will be other swag for participants as well! Facilitators: DLINQ full-time staff and Interns Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 Time: 12:00-4:00 pm PT | 3:00-7:00 pm ET Locations: On-ground in Middlebury, VT at the Wilson Media Lab, and in Monterey, CA in the DLC Design Space

Other Upcoming Events

Besides the Newspapers on Wikipedia Edit-a-thons mentioned above, there are also the following upcoming DLINQ events to look forward to. Please share these workshops with faculty and staff who might be interested!

Student-Centered Course Design using Canvas

Facilitator: Heather Stafford Date & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 8-9 am PT | 11 am – noon ET Location: online via Zoom  

Online & Hybrid Faculty Conversation Series: Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning

Guest Facilitator: Dr. Whitney Kilgore Hosts: Amy Collier, Ph.D., Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Ed.D., Bob Cole Date: Monday, October 29, 2018 Time: 12:15 – 1:30 pm PT | 3:15 – 4:30 pm ET Location: Online via Zoom  

Samantha Weald, WikiEdu Outreach Manager reflects on her September campus visit with Middlebury

Written by Bob Cole
On September 24th of this year, we had the pleasure of hosting Wiki Edu Outreach Manager, Samantha Weald, for a campus visit to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. The event was also available via Zoom for colleagues in Vermont. The event brought together over twenty students, faculty, and staff from across Middlebury to learn more about how Wiki Edu supports instructors in designing and implementing research based course assignments that engage students in editing, writing, or translating  articles on Wikipedia.
According to total traffic and unique visitor information maintained by Alexa as the fifth most visited site on the web, Wikipedia is unquestionably a critical public source for access to encyclopedic information.
Samantha published a blog post called Teaching and learning in the public sphere with Wikipedia on the Wiki Edu website that describes her experience facilitating the event, and some of her take-aways.

Why write for and edit Wikipedia as part of NOW? — Blog post by Amy Collier

Written by Evelyn Helminen
Amy Collier wrote a blog post about the importance of editing on Wikipedia and the impact it can have, called, “Why write for and edit Wikipedia as part of NOW? Some thoughts on impact.” It describes her experience running a similar event to the upcoming Newspapers on Wikipedia Edit-a-thons and how she has wrestled with the question of impact. She lists three thoughts she has on the meaningful and long-term impacts of the edit-a-thons, which include:
  1. We are filling a problematic data void.
  2. We are helping diversify voices on Wikipedia.
  3. We are teaching/learning essential digital literacies.
Read the entire post to learn more about these three ideas, and leave a reply to let us know your thoughts!

Welcome Fall 2018 DLINQ Interns

This week will feature two DLINQ Interns (Daniel Klemonski & Tianxing “Star” Tang). Learn more about our student engagement program. Tianxing “Star” Tang Star is a DLINQ Intern pursuing a degree in Translation and Localization Management at the Institute. She is available for consultations in areas including Multimedia Production, Presentation & Graphic Design, and Online Presence. Daniel Klemonski Daniel is a DLINQ Intern pursuing degrees in history and economics at the College. As an Intern, he is increasing his skills in the Adobe suite and WordPress.

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“Play in the dirt, because life is too short to have clean fingernails. 

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