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
The first workshop in the 6th annual CTLR Pedagogy Series was a discussion of LMS platforms lead by Mary Ellen Bertolini, Jason Mittell and Louisa Burnham. Online discussion, assignments and grading were all hot topics.
Sakai Overview and Training
Yesterday, Scott Siddall from Longsight, an open source service provider, lead a day long training session in Sakai. A number of faculty have agreed to pilot Sakai this spring and attended the afternoon session to get an overview of the platform and hands-on training. There will be more training sessions next week. Here are dates:
Tomorrow and Friday, I’ll lead a workshop on Moodle, providing an overview of this LMS platform and then hands-on training for faculty who have agreed to pilot it. Here is schedule:
2 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, January 13, Library 105 – Alex Chapin
2 – 3:30 pm, Friday, January 14, Library 105 – Alex Chapin
While all of these training sessions are primarily for pilot participants, other faculty and staff are encouraged to attend at least the first part of these sessions where we’ll give an overview of the platforms and their distinguishing characteristics.
The Curricular Technology Team is pleased to announce that its primary recommendations for how to segue from Segue has been approved by the Library and Information Services (LIS) Area Directors Team. In essence, the team recommended the development of a “course hub” architecture that would enable faculty to create collections of resources for a given course using a variety of platforms that would be aggregated in a single location referred to as a “hub.” For more information, see: Segue from Segue > Course Hub
The team is now researching which platforms to include within the course hub. WordPress and MediaWiki are obvious choices since many faculty are already using these for course sites. The team also recognizes that some sort of learning management system (LMS) should also be an integral part of hub sites and is reviewing a number of LMS to present to the community as possible candidates.
The Curricular Technology team has scheduled a number of open sessions next week on the Segue from Segue project in Library 145. Here are the dates and times:
10:00 – 10:30, Monday August 2nd
1:00 – 1:30, Tuesday, August 3th
4:00 – 4:30, Wednesday, August 4th
3:00 – 3:30, Thursday, August 5th
We scheduled these sessions primarily to give Language School faculty an opportunity to discuss their technology needs and ask us questions about possible alternatives to Segue. That said, these sessions are open to any Middlebury faculty, staff or students interested in technologies for teaching, learning and research.
Our first priority with the Segue from Segue project is to make sure there are technology solutions available to meet the needs of as many faculty, students and staff as possible. That said, we would like to also be able to support innovative uses of technology, particularly those innovations that may eventually be useful to the broader community.
To this end, the Curricular Technology team invited a number of faculty who are innovators to show us how they have been using technology and tell us what they need. Faculty who participated included Jeff Byers (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Hector Vila (CTLR), Enrique Garcia (Spanish), Hope Tucker (Film and Media Culture) and Roberto Veguez (Spanish). A number of academic liaisons also participated in this session. To learn more about what these faculty have been doing, see:
Part of the Segue from Segue project involves analyzing how faculty and students at Middlebury have used technology for teaching, learning and research. Last week, I published an overview of Segue Usage. This week I have compiled notes on my review of curricular resources that the Language Schools and departments have developed with Segue and other tools, see:
The Curricular Technology team, in consultation with the Faculty LIS Advisory Committee (FLAC) and the Area Directors, is defining topics and questions for curricular technology focus group sessions which will be scheduled over the next month.
To better understand how faculty and students use technology for teaching, learning and research, I’ve been reviewing the many course sites and curricular resources that have been developed over the years at Middlebury in Segue and other platforms. I’ve posted to the Segue from Segue blog an overview of Segue usage, see: Segue from Segue > Segue Usage Analysis. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting more usage analyses.