This Week in ODL: Feb 27-Mar 3, 2017
Welcome to This Week in ODL, a weekly blog series published by the Office of Digital Learning providing readers with the latest developments in the projects and learning experiences under development at our office. With this post we highlight news we think you will find interesting and to which we hope you will respond with your feedback and comments. Remember to check back next week for the latest updates on our work!
Cross-Institutional Language Pedagogy Discussion at MIIS
On Friday, February 24, 2017, the Office of Digital Learning hosted an exciting cross-institutional discussion about language pedagogy as part of a retreat for the School of Russian held at the Middlebury Institute of Monterey (MIIS). Language pedagogues from Monterey as well as from Middlebury’s School of Russian and ODL attended the session, during which time participants discussed relevant language projects, programs, and goals in the spirit of cross-institutional collaboration and conversation. The ODL looks forward to continuing to find ways that language experts from Middlebury, Monterey and beyond can continue to connect and develop professional relationships that mutually benefit all participants as well as expand our sense of institutional belonging.
Canvas Language Assessments
Since last summer, the Office of Digital Learning has been supporting the Language Schools and others in their migration of language assessments from Moodle to Canvas. In so doing, with our support many Schools have taken the opportunity to upgrade or in some cases even rewrite their assessments so as to improve their validity and accuracy. Click here to read a previous post regarding Canvas language assessments and the Moodle migration process.
Recently, several Schools in different contexts have developed the need to house more than one assessment in their Canvas course sites. This need has arisen either because Schools need to offer more than one assessment to a group of students, or because they need to give the assessment to a new group of students. In either case, this need has given ODL the opportunity to develop a systematic approach to organizing multiple assessments in a single Canvas course site. Please be sure to contact us should you wish to receive guidance with your Canvas language assessments!
What is an “In-Language” Site?
As part of our support of programs using MiddCreate, the ODL has developed a suite of online digital learning opportunities that we are able to create and develop in partnership with Language Schools who wish to offer digital support to expand their students’ language acquisition process. Specifically, we have developed ways to use the digital environment provided by MiddCreate to support language learning before, during, and after students come to the Middlebury Summer Language Schools.
One way that we are able to use MiddCreate to support student learning during their time at the Summer Language Schools is by creating in-language websites for different language programs. An in-language site is a digital space intended for student use which is written entirely in the language that students are learning. In-language sites contain information relevant to students’ experience while enrolled at the Language Schools, such as schedules, calendars, daily announcements, co-curricular activities, and news. Different Schools have made use of this space in different ways — some prefer to transform their printed newsletter entirely into the digital environment, while others prefer to use the digital space as a referential list of resources for their students to use. If you are interested in discussing the ways an in-language site can support your language students, we hope you will contact us for more information.