This Week in ODL: May 1-5, 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!

School in Morocco Pre-Immersion Update

This past winter, the ODL began a Schools Abroad project with the School in Morocco, a Middlebury CV Starr School Abroad in Rabat. The goals of this new site are to prepare Arabic language students for their learning experience in Rabat by providing them with an introduction to Darija, the dialect of Arabic used in this region of the world. Since the project’s inception, the team has made significant progress in its development which we invite you to peruse. When you visit the site, which is still under development so not yet complete, you will find that students who use it have access to digital language learning exercises in context which introduce them to new vocabulary in Darija, with audio and visual support for their learning. Each language lesson includes images, a dialogue, flashcards, and games to practice new vocabulary. Additionally, students have access to a rich resource of cultural information related to Rabat, which includes not only listings of activities and events in the city, but also information regarding Morocco in general. We have been enjoying working with the team at the School in Morocco, and look forward to the launch of their digital language learning site this summer.

Introducing ODL’s Summer Interns

This summer, the ODL is excited to welcome two new faces to our staff: our summer interns, Nadani Dixon (’22) and Jose Alfredo Torres (’19). Nadani and Alfredo will be helping us to work on several digital projects, and we couldn’t be more excited to have their input! Without further ado, we would like to introduce you to Nadani and Alfredo.

Nadani Dixon

Nadani Dixon has lived her entire life on the island of Jamaica and is the eldest of four siblings. At Campion College in Kingston, Jamaica, she is known for her altruistic nature and her talent as a dancer. She feels that dance has afforded her the opportunity to understand and appreciate the views and beliefs of others. In addition to a demanding dance rehearsal schedule, she was elected to leadership roles as a prefect and deputy head girl, and she has been a mentor in the Big Sister program. Nadani has a long-term goal to return to Jamaica to develop a dance organization for at-risk children and adolescents.

Jose Alfredo Torres

Jose Alfredo Torres is an International student from Costa Rica. He grew up in the mountains of Parque Nacional Los Quetzales and his curiosity for technology, as well as his passion for social change brought him to Middlebury College where he is majoring in Film and Media Culture. Some of his interests include social entrepreneurship, media and communication, women and girls empowerment, microfinance, sustainable design, languages and art and visual culture.

We at ODL are thrilled to welcome Jose and Nadani to our team as interns this summer. We hope you get a chance to meet them!


President’s Course Videos

The ODL built a website in January to provide information and resources about the President’s Course, launched in February, entitled Water in an Insecure World: Symbol, Resource, or Commodity?  to a wider audience. This course, which is offered for credit to students at Middlebury College and Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, is convened by Middlebury’s President, Laurie Patton, and is taught by faculty from across Middlebury’s programs. In spring 2017, the President’s Course has focused on water issues. Participants have studied water through various lenses, including science, religion, literature, economics, and politics.

As part of the course, each lecture is recorded and made available on the website as a video to be viewed by visitors to the site. Lecture videos are made available 2-4 days after the class is recorded. We invite you to check out the latest videos on the site, which treat topics such as the challenge of marine pollution, the role of navigation in the creation of the British Raj and modern South Asia, and global distribution of water use, among others.

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