Join the Friends of International Students Host Program!

Dear Faculty and Staff-

Our Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2020 has begun! The Class of 2020 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.

International Student & Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings this summer about the program on the second floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, we welcome you to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program.

Here is our schedule for the summer:

  • Thursday, June 30 from 12:30-1:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 13 from 12:30-1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 4 from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 15 from 12:30-1:15 p.m.

To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel free to bring your lunch to our afternoon meetings.

You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.

We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program!

We look forward to hearing from you!

HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 2 faculty positions, 48 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Notes for Canvas Update

This is a large transition from Moodle to Canvas, impacts majority of campus, faculty, students and staff.

Proposal Review: http://sites.middlebury.edu/canvas/2016/01/29/canvas-adoption-proposal/

What has been done

Recommendation Summary was accepted and things are moving forward to make them happen.

Web Services, went forward before we received budget approval and provisioned Canvas in Course Hub. Will make transition easier for faculty. Tentatively scheduled for July 1st.

Account Creation and Provisioning

  • currently working
  • challenge, accounts needed to exist before user can log into Canvas
  • Guest Account can authenticate with Canvas

Organization

-broken down by term College Fall ‘16, Institute Fall ‘16

-sandbox are in default

Canvas Course Creation

-Bob was able to make in Pilot

Currently available for four language schools, to enable moving forward with LS pilot. The Schools participating are Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.

Communication out, announced 5/24. Approximately 250 visits to site.

MIIS had a gathering around Canvas that had about 15 people interested. Bob is planning some further outreach.

Joe has has gotten some positive feedback via email.

Sandbox sites

Joe has been creating some sites

-will make for faculty that would like to work on course materials before launch in July

-prefered vs Canvas free for teacher offered by Canvas

Training Materials

-Focus has been for language schools, they have the most immediate need.

LS LMS/Moodle Usage

Graph of LS LMS use: SPAN longtime user with high usage

FREN cut back on Moodle when SANSpace was introduced

Other Schools vary

RUSS piloting Canvas this summer

Will watch LS transition from Moodle to Canvas

Canvas has been integrated into LS faculty curricular tech introduction. Session is limited to 1 hr, also need to cover Course Hub. Little time from session to class start.

Canvas Migration Guide drafted

Amy S. and Sean working on two Canvas Classes to orientate LS instructors

-One for Teacher

-One for Student

 

Planning UG migration from Moodle to Canvas

Graphs on Undergrad LMS/Moodle Usage

-some departments are increasing others are decreasing

-generally increase with sciences, decrease with languages.

2015-16

443 sites

181 instructors

DMT have begun Canvas training

Department Support, academic staff reaching out to each department. Some assignments have been made.

Reviewing training opportunities:

-Canvas onboarding for technologists.

-New Faculty Orientation

-Teaching & Writer’s Retreat

-Pedagogy Series/DM Bootcamp

-Worksessions?

-Course Templates

Librarians are beginning to orientate themselves to Canvas.

Publicising 24/7 support from Instructure/Canvas is important. Will be new to encourage use of Instructor/Canvas support. Qualtrics also has this.

Goal of paid support is to free Middlebury staff to assist with curricular develop in place of how to use Canvas (image upload, other point-and-click activities)

 

Needs to be done

Where are Canvas documents being stored and shared?

Joe will create shared space for documents being drafted

Bob is point person for Canvas at MIIS, does this remain through production?

Staff backups/redundancy? We still need to figure this out.

Moodle Decommissioning Plan needs to be drafted

-host Moodle instance on Midd Servers?

-Contract expires 8/17

-LS Summer ‘17 Canvas Use

-Fall ‘16 Canvas & Moodle sites can be created, though staff will encourage Canvas adoption

 

ITS Outreach

-WebHelpdesk Ticket Type needs to be created

-Training and orientation for Helpdesk Staff

Shared resources haven’t been created in Canvas: departmental resources, academic honesty tutorial…

LS Placement Exams will need to be transitioned
Chinese Adaptive Testing, currently being researched.

FY 2017 Staff Salary Increase

Merit Matrix Raise Allocation Based on a 2.00% Pool

  Position in Salary Range
APS Designation Lower Third Middle Third Top Third Over Max
Significant Improvement Required 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Approached Expectations 1.00% 0.67% 0.0% 0.0%
Achieved Expectations 2.33%  2.00% (target) 1.67% 1.33%
Exceeded Expectations 2.67% 2.33% 2.00% 1.67%

Note: Employees whose performance requires significant improvement will not be eligible for increases, nor will those who are approaching expectations and whose salary is already above the middle third of their salary range.

Canvas Is Coming

Starting in Fall 2016, Middlebury will adopt Canvas for use across the institution—the undergraduate College, the Institute in Monterey, the summer Language Schools, the Bread Loaf School of English, and the Schools Abroad. And while the institution’s Moodle instance will remain intact until January, for most people accustomed to using Moodle, the change may come with a few hard turns. And even for those new to using any learning management system, the affordances of Canvas may go undetected. Additionally, the speed at which teachers and students must become familiar with a new platform can mean we don’t take full advantage of what a new digital tool offers.

Fortunately, the Office of Digital Learning is here to offer some pedagogical support for new and continuing Canvas users. Take a look at their blog post about some of the ways Canvas can be a great online and classroom tool.

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Weekly Web Updates – June 13, 2016

When editing a Drupal “RSS Page” node, you may now select to sort the results by date with the newest items shown first (the default option) or with the oldest items shown first.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Due to a change in the terms of service for the Instagram API, we have had to remove the Instagram module from our Drupal sites. The one instance of this module being used on a live site was replaced with a static image linking to the Instagram account.
  • We have removed the Flickr plugin from our MediaWiki installation. The plugin was not being used and no longer recommended for use by its developer.