This Week in ODL: Mar 6-10, 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!

Digital Embodiment: Materials from Amy’s Talk Available on ODL Blog

On February 17, Amy Collier delivered a talk to students, faculty and staff at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) entitled “Digital Embodiment: What Happens to the Body When We Go Digital?” In this lecture, Amy addressed questions about embodiment in digital spaces and tools. She invited reflection on the importance of considering embodiment in the digital and how to bring a critical lens to the technology we use daily to connect to other embodied humans.

Upon her return to Middlebury, Amy shared a video of her talk, as well as links to blog posts and other related readings on the topic, on the ODL blog.  We invite you to peruse these materials which are now available on our blog, and to leave any comments or questions that may arise. We look forward to engaging with you around this issue!

Language School Presentation

On March 8, Amy Collier and Sonja Burrows attended the weekly Language Coordinator’s Meeting at the Middlebury Language Schools so as to present staff with a list of digital projects that the ODL has created and developed in collaboration with the Language Schools to support students’ language learning. At this meeting, Amy and Sonja will discuss projects such as pre-immersion experiences, in-language websites, and digital communities of practice which we have evolved together with Language Schools staff in support of student learning before, during, and after their language immersion experiences at the Summer Language Schools.

Additionally, the ODL presented to Language Schools staff several other digital projects we have supported for the Schools. Specifically, we discussed our support of the migration process of language assessments from Moodle to Canvas, as well as the assessment revision work that some Schools have chosen to undergo with our support. As well, we discussed our development of a digital book built in Scalar for the School of Spanish’s centennial celebration this summer. Our hope is that by presenting these projects and experiences to Language Schools staff, we can raise awareness about the many tools and resources the ODL can offer in support of the Language Schools.

Hypothes.is Annotation Tool Under Consideration at Middlebury

The Academic Cyberinfrastructure Transformation Team (ACTT), of which the ODL’s Sean Michael Morris is a core member, recently met to discuss the broad adoption of a digital annotation tool at Middlebury called Hypothes.is. Digital annotation is the practice of taking notes and leaving comments in web-based texts in conjunction with other readers of the same text. The ACTT met with the Director of Education, Jeremy Dean, and the Director of Marketing, Nate Angell from Hypothes.is. This followed a two-week digital learning workshop using Hypothes.is led by Sean Michael Morris and Jeremy Dean from late January to early February of this year. Hypothes.is offers a WordPress plugin that can be bundled with MiddCreate projects, and a Canvas Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) for using annotation in online courses. The School of Hebrew has successfully integrated digital annotation into some of their Canvas courses, and now members of the Academic Cyberinfrastructure Transformation Team, the Office of Digital Learning, and the Digital Learning Commons in Monterey are considering the benefits of wider adoption.

Sonja Burrows

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