This Week in ODL: July 3-7, 2017

What’s the Story

Last summer, the Office of Digital Learning began our digital support of What’s the Story (WTS), a program of the Bread Loaf Teacher’s Network (BLTN) that helps youth become strategic and empathetic change agents by taking action on topics of local, social concern. The ODL, in partnership with BLTN, created a digital space on MiddCreate where participating youth can blog about their research and discoveries, form an online social community of networked social action, and also share their final projects at the completion of the year-long program.

In the coming academic year, the ODL is pleased to be supporting a similar digital space for a chapter of WTS in Louisville, Kentucky by building an online community where participating Louisville youth can form a community, share and co-experience research and project development, and create a gallery of finished projects at the completion of the program. The ODL looks forward to providing meaningful support to What’s the Story participants from Fern Creek High School in Louisville under the guidance of Paul Barnwell. We invite you to see updates on the work of the WTS Kentucky chapter here.

ODL Presentation for Schools Abroad Directors

This week, the ODL’s Amy Collier and Sonja Burrows are excited to present to the Middlebury Schools Abroad Directors at their annual gathering at Middlebury College. Amy and Sonja are looking forward to providing the directors with an update on the many projects our office has supported in collaboration with directors, instructors, and study abroad personnel.

We are thrilled to share updates on some of our favorite projects — many of which are supported on Middcreate — such as: the School in Morocco pre-immersion language-learning site, the School in Italy pre-immersion language-learning site, the School in Japan Cultural Portfolio site, the language assessments we have helped to develop in Canvas, and the study abroad online handbooks. We also very much look forward to introducing a few new project such as an online, in-language social networking space for study abroad participants, and collaborative language resource projects that pool language pedagogy expertise from across the institution, including Study Abroad, the Language Schools, and Undergraduate College.

School of Hebrew Technology Orientations

On July 5, the ODL  will coordinate a general and curricular technology orientation for the School of Hebrew. The orientation will be delivered to faculty from the School of Hebrew, and will include information such as how to activate and access Middlebury credentials, and how to utilize teaching technologies and tools such as Canvas and Zoom.

The training session will be lead by personnel from ITS, and students and faculty from the School of Hebrew. We are thrilled to partner with Yael Gal-Ben Yitschak, an MA student from the School of Hebrew, and Doran Katz, a faculty member from the School of Hebrew, in delivering this training. Yael will provide training for the group on basic usage of Canvas, and Doran will Zoom-in for discussion on best practices in the use of Canvas as a productive teaching and learning space.

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