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The DIRT for November 19-23, 2018

The Shape of Gratitude

Screenshot of DLINQ staff - hand turkeys The weekly DIRT news and updates is on brief hiatus this week as the Middlebury community in the United States takes a breath to gather with friends and family in recognition of Thanksgiving. In our monthly all hands meeting last week we created a little space before we said goodbye for team members to channel their inner five year old. There were smiles and laughter across our web conference as we traced our hands and outfitted our gratitude turkeys with balloons, hearts, bandanas, hashtags, hats, stars, tails, and feathers. There’s a lot going on in the world right now. Wherever you are, we hope you too find some time to reflect on and share the many shapes that gratitude takes in your life. See you next Tuesday! Featured Image by Pro Church Media on Unsplash

The DIRT for November 12-16, 2018

Hey! Thanks for reading the weekly DIRT! As we approach the end of the year, our office is beginning to reflect on our work. One thing we are thinking about is how we tell our story and connect with our communities. So, look for some changes in 2019 as we plan to re-launch the DIRT as a monthly subscriber-based newsletter. We’re still working out the details, but current subscribers to our site will continue to receive notifications when posts are published and we will be actively campaigning to invite new subscribers. With this re-design, we’re excited about ways a new format might help us share our story and dig deeper into important conversations about the digital sphere and digital learning with the Middlebury community and beyond!

“Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts”, Prototyping Conversations on Privacy and Security

Written by Joe Antonioli and Amy Slay
 Mozilla Lightbeam screenshotDo you know who has your data? What do companies know about you? Who are they sharing it with? How are they keeping it secure? Recently, a number of Middlebury faculty and staff joined the INTD 0254a Innovation in Action: Design Thinking class for a discussion titled “Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts” led by DLINQ staff Joe Antonioli and Amy Slay. The pilot conversation, informed and inspired by DLINQ’s 2018 Digital Detox and attendance at the 2018 Digital Pedagogy Lab immersive course on Access, Privacy, and Practice, took a look at personal data privacy and security, and the information we share when we communicate using the web. Some of this information we provide when we use social media sites. Other information is extracted from us via pervasive tracking, usually without our knowledge. To better understand the magnitude and impact of tracking on the web, we explored a number of visualization tools including:

Ghostery – a browser extension that helps you identify and block trackers. Lightbeam – a browser extension that creates an interactive visual of how trackers follow you as you browse the web, and the relationships between trackers. Am I Unique? – this website helps you understand your device’s uniquely identifiable fingerprint.

The conversation concluded with a handful of tips for safer habits that could be used without drastically changing our lives. Our hope is that this initial conversation will serve as a model as we engage the broader Middlebury community in the conversation.

Related posts:

3 Ideas – Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018 Reflections Access, Privacy, and Practice — Reflections on Digital Pedagogy Lab, 2018

Heather Stafford Kicks Off  “Small Moves” Instructional Design Blog Series

Written by Bob Cole
Learn, Unlearn, Relearn by Giulia Forsythe cc licensed via FlickrHeather Stafford is launching a blog series to dig deeper into some of the small moves that were discussed during her October 26th online workshop ‘Student-Centered Course Design Using Canvas.’ In the series Heather plans to share some of the activities and design elements that faculty can implement in class to amplify the connectivity of a class. In the first edition of her series, Heather suggests that a screen captured virtual video tour of a course Canvas site can be a very effective extension of a course syllabus creating opportunities for instructors to establish teacher presence before a course meets for the first time and also to communicate course expectations. Keep an eye out for future posts in the series in coming weeks.

Documenting Content Based Instruction Project Update

Written by Jason Martel
Middlebury Institute Summer Intensive Language Program - RussianIn a late-May installment of The DIRT, Bob Cole wrote about a brewing collaboration between DLINQ and Jason Martel, TESOL/TFL Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Middlebury Institute’s Summer Intensive Language Programs (SILP). The goal of the project was to create multimedia artifacts that showcase the Middlebury Institute’s expertise in content-based instruction (CBI), an approach to language teaching that involves the simultaneous learning of language and non-linguistic content like cultural studies, environmental issues, and current events. Bob and DLINQ multimedia specialist Mark Basse met with Jason from SILP during the spring semester to set terms of partnership and an initial timeline for the project. We are happy to report that the project is well on its way to meeting its goal! During the Monterey summer term, three SILP instructors agreed to having their language teaching documented: Claire Eagle in French, Vita Kogan in Russian, and Gabriel Guillen in Spanish. In preparation, each instructor was invited to sit down with Jason for a thirty-minute recorded interview during which they discussed their experiences with and beliefs about CBI. During September and October, Claire, Vita, and Gabi reviewed the raw video footage that Mark captured to identify significant instructional moves and weave together coherent representations of their lessons. This week, Mark has received their outlines and has begun the task of editing the annotated segments into a coherent whole. The next step will be to finalize and review the videos – both the classroom lessons and interviews – so that they can be shared publicly on the SILP website. It is our hope that these videos will be helpful tools for the foreign language teacher education community. For example, we envision foreign language methods instructors using them for observational analysis in class and shown as models of effective teaching practice in their courses. We are grateful to DLINQ for helping us turn this idea into a reality!

Dig Deeper:

“Sunflowers end up facing the sun, but they go through a lot of dirt to find their way there.” ― J.R. Rim, author

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The DIRT for October 29 – November 2, 2018

Welcome Fall 2018 DLINQ Interns

This week will feature two DLINQ Interns at the College, Jack Brisson and Sarah Edwards. Learn more about our student engagement program. JACK BRISSON Jack Brisson is a DLINQ Intern pursuing a degree in Comparative Literature at the College. He has experience working with web design and editing software at a television station in his home town. He enjoys learning new ways to create and improve media. He also enjoys fencing, writing and film-making.   SARAH EDWARDS  Sarah Edwards is a DLINQ Intern pursuing a degree in Geography or Environmental Studies at the College. She is an international student from the UK and is also interested in Gender Studies. She enjoys photography and creating short films, and is interested in improving her own video and photo editing capabilities while helping others.

Classroom Response Systems & Poll Everywhere—Blog Post by Shel Sax

Written by Evelyn Helminen
Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton on Unsplash DLINQ staff member, Shel Sax, recently wrote a blog post about Classroom Response Systems & Poll Everywhere. He says, “A growing number of faculty at the undergraduate college are using ‘clickers’ or classroom response systems in their classes to promote engagement and interactivity. Instructors in disciplines as diverse as Religion, Economics, Biology and Physics are using clickers in their classes.” In the post, he talks about advantages of using a classroom response system, and lists some common polling strategies, specifically using an online tool called Poll Everywhere. There is a free and paid version of the tool; Middlebury has a limited number of paid licenses available. Please contact dlinq@middlebury.edu to express interest in getting access to a license. To learn more about Poll Everywhere and how you might use it in your classes, please schedule a consultation with Shel Sax. You can find him in the Digital Pedagogy & Instructional Tools category.

Thank you Evelyn!

It’s been said that all new beginnings start with an ending. So, it is with bittersweet gratitude and appreciation that the DLINQ team is sending off our friend and colleague, Evelyn Helminen, for new professional adventures. As we say goodbye to Evelyn, we will also be celebrating her five years of service at Middlebury in the roles of Co-Manager of web and social Media and subsequently as Assistant Director of digital initiatives based in the Digital Learning Commons (DLC) at the Institute in Monterey. Evelyn has been instrumental during this time and during DLINQ’s start up year in building out our office’s dynamic web presence, collaboratively managing and publishing our weekly blog updates called “the DIRT“, exploring and strengthening our office’s digital team-building practices to promote belonging, serving as a project lead for Middlebury’s Domain of One’s Own Initiative called MiddCreate, piloting a peer-coaching Mastermind project, being available to take appointments with Middlebury faculty, staff and students here in Monterey and remotely via Zoom, leading an array of workshops on digital concepts and tools, convening a weekly writing group and an annual MIIS NaNoWriMo authors group in Monterey, supervising and mentoring stellar graduate assistants based in the DLC, blogging, photoshopping, video editing, meming, slacking, troubleshooting, navigating organizational change and most importantly doing all of the above with skill, heart, a critical eye and a healthy sense of humor. Thank you Evelyn from all of us in DLINQ. We wish you all the best in your new beginnings!
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DIRT Digest | Oct 4 – Latest News from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) has an active blog and weekly updates called “The DIRT”. If you are not yet a subscriber, here’s a digest of recent news and updates from recent weeks in case you missed them:

DLINQ posts its weekly blog series, “The DIRT!” on Tuesdays. This is where you will find updates on projects, news, and developments from staff in our Middlebury, Vermont and Monterey, California offices. We invite you to subscribe to blog updates and visit our “About” page to learn about our office. Explore our “People” and “Projects” pages where you will find links to our areas of work, and learn how to connect with us.

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Fund for Innovation Proposal Deadline – October 4

The Fund for Innovation (FFI) application is open for the 2018­-2019 academic year. The fall deadline to apply is October 4, 2018.  All faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply for FFI funding.

Grants are open to current students, faculty, and staff across Middlebury. Our next deadline is October 4th, 2018, and we invite all members of the community to submit an application. The FFI also invites applications for Fast-Track grants. These smaller grants are up to $2,000 and are accepted on a rolling basis. The FFI especially encourages students to apply for Fast-Track grants, as the timeline and structure are more supportive of short-term project.

The Fund for Innovation was created in March 2015 to honor President Ron Liebowitz and his wife Jessica by fostering continuous innovation at Middlebury. In 2017, President Laurie Patton announced the fund will be used to support projects that will inspire educational innovation. The FFI provides support for experimental and unconventional projects that have the potential to create lasting, positive change and strengthen Middlebury’s educational experience. To date, the FFI has provided funding and support to 29 innovative projects across the College, the Institute, and the Schools.

Need some inspiration? Read about our funded projects and learn more about the Fund for Innovation on our webpage.

Information about the application process may be found on the FFI website, and questions about specific proposals should be directed to Erin Southworth, Special Projects Assistant in the Office of the Provost.

DIRT Digest | Sep 6 – Latest News from the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) has an active blog and weekly updates called “The DIRT”. If you are not yet a subscriber, here’s a digest of recent news and updates from recent weeks in case you missed them:

DLINQ posts its weekly blog series, “The DIRT!” on Tuesdays. This is where you will find updates on projects, news, and developments from staff in our Middlebury, Vermont and Monterey, California offices. We invite you to subscribe to blog updates and visit our “About” page to learn about our office. Explore our “People” and “Projects” pages where you will find links to our areas of work, and learn how to connect with us.

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