Notes for Core Team October 18, 2016

Moodle Archiving

  • No courses using Moodle sites after December.
  • Q: What form does the Moodle archive need to take?
    • A: Read-only
  • Q: How long do we need to keep the sites?
    • Policy says 2 years, until December 2018
  • Q: Can Segue decommissioning be used as a model?
    • Q: Can Moodle sites be exported in a usable format?
      • A: They can be exported as .mbz files, we may be able to extract files and pages from them.
    • Q: Is that enough?
      • Review process may need to see student data, this is stripped on an import into Canvas
    • A: Segue model is probably not viable
  • Q: What hosting solutions are possible?
    • Local – considerations are that it needs to be set up the same way as the R-L hosted version. Adam will follow up.
    • Keep at R-L for a reduced cost. Joe will follow up.
    • MiddCreate – concern is the Moodle instance may be too big. Sean will follow up.
  • Q: How long do we have before an archive solution needs to be in place?
    • A: August 2017
  • Other considerations
    • Leng course content. Sean will follow up.
    • Chinese Placement Exam. ODL is working with the Chinese School to use the UNC hosted version of the adaptive placement exam for the near term.
  • This is the start of the conversation, please be prepared to discuss in the future.


ACI (Academic Cyberinfrastructure Inventory)

  • Doreen has been adding inventory items (THANK YOU!!!). She is currently working on the items in the ITS Service Catalog.
  • Joe will present the inventory at an all-Library meeting. Please share with people you feel are interested in the inventory, we would like to know how it can be useful. We also need to update the information and make additions.
  • Most of the dependencies are in the ITS list, these will be added.
    • Q: Should dependencies be a cascading or a flat list?
      • A: TBD these are the kinds of questions and discussions we want to have.
  • Needs taxonomy definitions.
  • Extended Team will be asked to review items from their area on a 2-4 times per year. The ACTT will update based on the progress of our evaluations.
  • Inventory is available at or


The Team sorted values collected in Padlet, then each member summarized the values in a category. The results are below.


Collaborative Partnerships

We engage in our work with Middlebury community partners, colleagues, and amongst ourselves with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to fostering and supporting agency, empathy, and curiosity on all sides.

Critical Thinking

We approach our work from a critical lens, taking into consideration the technical, administrative, as well as pedagogical sides of each recommendation to ensure that solutions truly address underlying needs.


We strive to serve all our constituents equitably across campuses. This necessitates intentional and mindful communication internally, as well as with the parties represented/impacted by our recommendations and decisions.


We lead and participate in complex evaluations, balancing the current needs of the institution with the need to change and innovate. We encourage exploration of what is possible, and inspire others to do the same.

Openness & Growth

We are open to new ideas, suggestions, and ways of doing things; continually inquiring and learning as individuals and a team.


ACTT activities are accessible, discoverable and visible to the Middlebury community. Secrecy is utilized as little as necessary.

Google Apps now available through the Course Hub

We are pleased to announce that instructors can now create Google Apps folders for their classes via the Course Hub. The following short video shows the process:

The Course Hub will create the class folder and share it with the instructors, students, and audits groups for your course section. The Hub also makes it easy to set the default role for students/audits: either “Reader” which can only view documents and files or “Writer” which allows students/audits to create and upload documents and files.

As recently announced, we hope to provide a similar integration for Office 365/OneDrive in the coming months.


For area families: Why rent when you can own?

hfh-of-acAttend a Habitat for Humanity information session on Tuesday, October 25th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Middlebury Community Recreation Center on Creek Road.

Come to find out more about Habitat for Humanity houses and how you can qualify. Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.

Benefits of partnering with Habitat for Humanity include no interest rate on your mortgage and your own energy efficient home!

Not available on October 25th? Attend the Vergennes information session at Bixby Memorial Library on Thursday, October 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm. To learn more call 802-388-0400 or email


Middlebury Language faculty: Apply to join the AALAC workshop on Digital Language Learning, April 7-8, 2017

co00-2008-logo-003We are pleased to announce a workshop on Digital Language Learning: A Liberal Arts Exploration of New Modes of Teaching and Learning Languages that will be hosted by Middlebury, April 7-8, 2017. 

The workshop, which is funded by the Association for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC), will include conversations about how the digital can transform language learning in liberal arts contexts. Specifically, participants will look at the ways in which digital language learning transforms traditional language learning environments by amplifying deep connections, improving differentiated instruction, and extending language learning beyond the walls of the classroom. To read a complete description of the workshop, please follow this link.

Non-Middlebury attendees will have a travel allowance of up to $650 to attend this workshop, generously provided by AALAC funding. Because funding is limited, we will accept only a limited number of attendees from other schools.

Since you are a faculty member at Middlebury College and will not need travel funding, please submit an application to participate in the workshop via this link (Institute faculty, please use this link to apply and we will discuss internal funding for your travel).

Applications are due November 4, 2016. Attendees will be selected based on the expertise and experience they will bring to the workshop, and with a goal of diversifying participation across AALAC schools and languages. The workshop organizing committee, consisting of faculty from various AALAC schools, will notify applicants of their acceptance status by December 1, 2016.

Organizing committee:

Steve Snyder, Dean of Language Schools and Kawashima Professor of Japanese Studies, Middlebury College

Gabriele Dillman, Associate Professor of German and Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair, Denison University

Felix Kronenberg, Associate Professor of Modern Language and Literatures and Director of the Language Learning Center, Rhodes College

Lynn Miyake, Professor of Japanese, Pomona College

Renee Jourdenais, Dean of the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education, Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey

Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair, Vassar College

Ann Sherif, Professor of Japanese, Oberlin College

Tatiana Smorodinska, Professor of Russian, Middlebury College

Tom Van Order, Associate Professor of Italian, Middlebury College

Benefits Open Enrollment Coming Soon

open-ePlease mark your calendars – the annual open enrollment period for Middlebury’s health and welfare benefit plans will be held from November 1st through the 14th.  All benefits-eligible employees are required to complete the on-line process during this window so please watch your email on November 1st for instructions and benefit details.  If you will be out of town and will not have access to the internet during the open enrollment period please contact Human Resources at 802-443-5465 before November 1st to make alternate enrollment arrangements.  Meanwhile, to reduce pressure on yourself during the open enrollment period consider beginning the process of estimating your flexible spending account elections now, so that you are ready to go when open enrollment starts.

–Cheryl Mullins