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.
Need to make changes to your departmental web page? Could you use a hand with your course website or blog? Have questions about moving your webforms to our new secure server? Do wiki formatting woes keep you awake at night? We have the solution — a peaceful place where you can work on your pages AND get your questions answered. Sign up for a Website Maintenance Work Session (or two). Staff from Information Technology Services (ITS) and Academic Technology will be available to answer your questions and help you troubleshoot problems. These are not formal workshops — please bring your work, your questions, and yourself!
Our first session will be offered Tuesday, September 16 at 9:00 am in Davis Family Library, room 105. Visit go/techworkshops to view the rest of the fall semester schedule. Please use our convenient online signup form to let us know you what session(s) you plan to attend.
By default, when you create a Moodle site it is set to be “not available to students” to give you time to add site content before students can access the site.
Unfortunately, the “availability” setting can be a bit hard to find in Moodle settings. To make this important setting easier to change and its current state more visible, you can now set its value from right in the Course Hub when creating or editing the Moodle Resource:
LIS Technologists and Liaisons will be offering more workshop in J-term on Moodle and WordPress, as well as general technology work sessions where faculty can get assistance on using any platform supported by LIS. There will also be workshops on migrating Segue sites to these other platforms. For more information, see: Segue from Segue > Workshops
Louisa Stein is an assistant professor of Film and Media Culture. In the spring of 2010, I interviewed Prof. Stein about her use of technology in a number of her courses. Below is a screencast from that interview that describes her use of WordPress and Moodle in a first year seminar course on the “Aesthetics of the Moving Image.”.
The Course Hub is being actively used by a variety of courses this fall. To give a sense of the different ways faculty are using this new platform, we’ve made a short screencast that shows a number of courses and some the resources they have linked to their course hub sites.
The Curricular Technology team has scheduled workshops and work sessions for faculty on various platforms that are available for teaching and learning. Workshops typically provide overviews of a given platform. Work sessions are designed to provide hands on support and consultation.
2-3 pm, Thurs, Dec 8th, Library 105, Introduction to Moodle (sign up)
3-4 pm, Thurs, Dec 8th, Library 105, Introduction to WordPress (sign up)
3-4 pm, Tues, Dec 13th, Library 105, Curricular Technologies Work Session (sign up)
2-3 pm, Wed, Dec 14th, Library 105, Curricular Technologies Work Session (sign up)