This Week in ODL: July 10-14, 2017

Study Abroad Contest

The ODL has just officially launched our MiddCreate Study Abroad Contest page. The contest will take place this fall semester by challenging Middlebury students studying abroad to present their cultural, linguistic and academic integration in the form of photography, video and writing on their own MiddCreate sites. We invite students to create their own site depicting their time abroad and to use it as a place of reflection on events or occasions spent with host family and friends.

Participants should feel free to be as creative as they wish. Winners will be selected in three categories, and will have a chance to win a GoPro HERO5 Black if they win. Click here to learn more about the Study Abroad Contest!

Critical Instructional Design: Blog Post by Amy Collier

Amy Collier this week published a post on the ODL blog about critical instructional design. Her post, called “How to grow a band-like-thing-that-involves instructional-designers”, provides us with an analogy to help us understand some of the challenges faced with the use of a critical instructional design approach.

In her post she highlights two questions with regard critical instructional design:

  1. How do we help people take advantage of the range and depth of what instructional designers bring?
  2. How do we make space for the complexity instructional designers can bring, especially when most of our project plans aim at reducing complexity toward “getting things done”?

Drawing inspiration from a response of Punch Brothers about their creative process, Amy uses the analogy of a musical band to get us thinking about ways to improve processes of collaboration and integration, elements that are key for critical instructional design. We invite you to read her article in its entirety here.

Summer Intern Update: Blog Post by Jose Alfredo Torres

This week, Jose Alfredo, one of our summer interns, published a post introducing briefly who the interns are and updating us about what they are working on in the Office of Digital Learning. He wrote about some of their projects for this summer. The list includes developing an app for the Middlebury College Museum of Art, a research-based project on Domains of One’s Own to help us improve MiddCreate, and the process of setting up the platform for the study abroad contest.

We invite you to read his entire post here.


School of Spanish Community of Practice Launch

This week we also officially launched a collaborative platform for the School of Spanish.This platform is intended to be a “digital space to enhance social networking among pre-professionals and professionals in the field of Spanish language pedagogy, and to share the strength of pedagogical trainings from the Middlebury Language Schools with a wider, global audience.”

This platform allows members to connect with other colleagues, share theories, methods and resources. Intended to help building a supportive teaching community, this interface also provides a professional social network with forum space. The site is currently being used by MA students in the School of Spanish.

If you are curious and want to learn more about the School of Spanish Community of Practice, please click here.

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