Exploring the digital strategic directions at Middlebury

Reflections on the Digital

Innovation and the Digital

Innovation and the Digital

Written by Peter Shaw, Professor, GSTILE-TESOL I am retiring next month after 34 happy years teaching at MIIS. During that time, my instructional capacity and confidence have been sustained and enriched by a variety of digital advances.  From word processing and e mail through course […]

Digital Pedantry

Digital Pedantry

Written by Jason Mittell, Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies & Faculty Director for Digital Liberal Arts Initiative Last week in one of my class meetings, I presented the following on a slide in anticipation of my students writing a paper about gender representation […]

Why should the digital be part of the strategic conversation?

Why should the digital be part of the strategic conversation?

Written by  Patricia Szasz, Assistant Dean, GSTILE-Language Professional Programs Back when I was a graduate student here at MIIS, I had the privilege of working with our dear colleague, mentor and friend, Professor Leo van Lier. Leo was someone I would call a humble genius. […]

Digital is Ecological

Digital is Ecological

Written by Bob Cole, Digital Learning Commons The reader is encouraged to look up a lithograph of Maurits [Cornelis] Escher called “Three Worlds.” This depicts the surface of a body of water upon which leaves float. Above the surface, we see reflected in the water the […]

What to do with IT

What to do with IT

Written by Joe Antonioli, Senior Curricular Innovation Strategist Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, Trash it, change it, mail, upgrade it, Charge it, point it, zoom it, press it, Snap it, work it, quick, erase it, Write it, cut it, paste it, save it, […]

DIGITAL or DIGIT ALL?

DIGITAL or DIGIT ALL?

Written by Desmond Iriaye, Graduate Assistant, Digital Learning Commons The digital used to be just numbers to me — my first childhood wrist watch painted that picture in my head as DIGITS, and ALL DIGITS. Growing up, I just couldn’t reconcile how digits could be […]

Work, Art, Play

Work, Art, Play

Written by Daniel Houghton, Arts Technology Specialist . For me, “the digital” is a place to make art, work with fellow artists, build community and play with new technology. When I was nine-years-old my Dad got the family a shoulder mounted VHS camcorder. I immediately […]

Digital History

Digital History

  Written by Amy McGill,Associate Provost for Integration Strategies.  When I was 17, my father presented me a mystery: a thick, age-darkened packet of folded paper with crumbling edges and stiff creases. It was a letter, written in 1849, exactly a century before I was […]

Digital As Life

Digital As Life

Written by Evelyn Helminen, Assistant Director for Digital Initiatives in the Digital Learning Commons ~~~~~ “What time is it?” Do you answer… “7:43,” or “It’s about quarter to eight.” Depends whether you’re looking at a digital or analog clock. One enables you to immediately give the […]

The digital is about doing

The digital is about doing

Written by Sean Michael Morris, Instructional Design in the Office of Digital Learning Little Jack Horner Sat in the corner, Eating a Christmas pie; He put in his thumb, And pulled out a plum, And said, “What a good boy am I!” ~ Mother Goose […]

The Tofu and the Wok

The Tofu and the Wok

Written by Beryl Levinger, Distinguished Professor and Program Chair, Development Practice and Policy Program I’m embarrassed and ashamed as well as happy and proud to say that “the digital” doesn’t mean anything in particular to me. Perhaps it should.   But I’m decidedly open to the […]

The Digital is Not the Opposite of the Analog

The Digital is Not the Opposite of the Analog

Written by Jamie McCallum, Associate Professor of Sociology For me, “the digital” offers an alternative method for exploring issues and answering questions. It is a space in which to build new skills and experience massive humility. It is not the opposite of “the analog.” At […]

How can the digital be more than just jargon? 

How can the digital be more than just jargon? 

Written by Heather Stafford, Multimedia and Curricular Technology Specialist For a school that is so focused on learning different languages and connecting with diverse cultures and people, I sometimes think Middlebury is excessively good at fostering an environment where we talk past each other. This […]

Five Ways of Looking at the Digital: Reflections on False Binaries

Five Ways of Looking at the Digital: Reflections on False Binaries

Written by Michael Roy, Dean of the Library As we consider how Middlebury as an institution might engage “the digital” as we chart our future, I want to consider five ways of thinking about “the digital” that may help us better understand some of the […]

The Digital Does Not Compute

The Digital Does Not Compute

Written by Sean Michael Morris, Instructional Designer in the Office of Digital Learning   “With much more persuasive power than the philosophy of even so radical a thinker as Dewey, the computer, in all its various manifestations, is offering the Yearners new opportunities to craft […]


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