This Week in ODL: Jun 12-16, 2017

Welcome to This Week in ODL, a weekly blog series published by the Office of Digital Learning through which we provide readers with the latest developments in the projects and learning experiences under development at our office. With this post, we highlight this week’s news for your review and feedback. Remember to check back next week for the latest updates on our work!

Amy Collier at the New Media Consortium

This week, Amy Collier attends the 2017 New Media Consortium (NMC) Conference held in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The NMC, now in its 24th year, is a global edtech forum for higher ed, museums, libraries, and schools. Each year, the NMC attracts highly-skilled education professionals interested in the integration of emerging technologies and innovative approaches into teaching, learning, and creative inquiry.

Keynote speakers at this year’s NMC include Richard Culatta, the new CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ITSE). In addition to his role with ITSE, Culatta is a certified Spanish teacher and an advocate for bilingual and arts education in public schools. Joining Culatta as keynote speaker is Audrey Watters, a journalist specializing in education technology news and analysis. Watters has written for Edutopia, MindShift, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education. She spoke at MIIS in October of last year.

Welcome to ODL’s New Projects Page

The Office of Digital Learning recently redesigned and updated our projects page, where viewers can access a comprehensive portfolio of completed work in addition to links to ongoing work and updates underway in our office. We invite you to check out this page of our website in order to access information about and links to the multitude of projects we are proud to have partnered with faculty, staff, and students to create, including: pre-immersion digital language learning spaces, open online communities of practice, in-language websites for language students, the AALAC digital language learning workshop, MiddCast podcasting site for student voices, online and live Canvas orientations for students and teachers, a cultural portfolio Japanese writing course, the Vermont What’s the Story youth i-search blog, and community hubs and blog syndication sites. It’s true: We do like making stuff!

Mills Tech Orientations by Sean Michael Morris

Sean Michael Morris recently lead three technology orientations for students, faculty and staff from the Language Schools at Mills College. He prepared and delivered trainings for faculty from the School of Korean, Arabic, and Italian. The training sessions, originally designed by the Academic Technology Group but in the process of redesign by the Office of Digital Learning, are intended to assist Language Schools faculty, staff, and students by orienting them to Middlebury’s library system, helping them to utilize their Middlebury credentials to access email, and make meaningful use of pedagogical tools such as Course Hub and Canvas while they teach at the Middlebury language programs. We invite you to peruse Sean’s orientation deck so as to access this important information regarding technology access and use at the Language Schools:


Zooming at Bread Loaf

This week, the ODL’s Amy Collier as well as Mack Pauly of Middlebury’s Media Services head up to Bread Loaf to install a videoconferencing setup in the Barn 1 classroom.

The goal of the visit is to make it easy for Bread Loaf classes to use videoconferencing software such as Zoom to connect with people such as guest speakers who are not physically at Bread Loaf. Zoom is Middlebury’s official videoconference tool, which can be utilized to digitally connect with individual students, whole classes, guest teachers, writers, and others. Zoom is simple to use, and accessible using a computer camera, a webcam, or a camera on a mobile device. Users can also connect to any Zoom room via voice call. 

The Office of Digital Learning and Media Services are committed to making videoconferencing with Zoom not only possible but easy for Bread Loaf as well as other parts of the institution. If you would like to learn more about Zoom or would like to investigate using this tool, click here to begin the process.

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