This Week in ODL: Nov 13-17, 2017

Amy & Sonja at ACTFL Convention 

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. It focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher. The ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo will be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the Music City Center from November 17-19, 2017 under the theme Experience It. 

Amy will be presenting on the Russian Pre-Immersion Website along with Jason Merrill and Shannon Spasova of Middlebury’s School of Russian. This presentation will demonstrate online pre-immersion strategies, including webinars, self-assessments, scenarios, information about the Language Pledge, and interactive activities.
In addition, Sonja and Amy, along with Language Schools personnel, will be meeting with Avant Assessment to discuss a third party adaptive assessment tool called STAMP (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency) under consideration by Middlebury. Avant builds and delivers effective assessments of real-world language proficiency in an effort to shift language education from a grammar-based, rote-learning approach.


Deleting Tweets: Blog Post by Amy Collier 

Last week, Amy Collier published a blog post entitled Deleting Tweets (Non-Techie Starts Her Personal Information Environmentalism Journey – With Lots of Help). Amy confesses that she is not a coder and haven’t coded since grad school when she had to build wikis. But in an effort to finally put into action her reflections on digital footprints and inspired by  Kris Schaffer’s digital minimalism and Mike Caulfield’s information environmentalism it was time to start “minimizing and deleting”.

In this post Amy takes you through detailed steps on how you too may start improving your personal information environments by getting you started with deleting your old tweets from Twitter via Python code. Even though deleting your old tweets doesn’t mean they are gone forever, it however means that they will now become inaccessible to possible technology users who do harm.

Amy proves that you indeed do not need to be a coder to learn simple programming algorithms to start your Information Environmentalism journey. To read Amy’s post in its entirety, click here.


Announcing ‘MiddCreate Spotlight’!

In response to the MiddCreate research being conducted at the Office of Digital Learning, we are going to start a new ODL blog series called “MiddCreate Spotlight”. MiddCreate Spotlight will feature an interesting MiddCreate site created by a Middlebury student, faculty or program outside of ODL. In the Spotlight post, we will have screenshots, a brief description of the site, a link to the site and included will be an interview with the site creator. The interview writeup will focus on the reasons for the creation of the site as well as tools/apps used in site design and functionality. In addition, we thought  it would be great if we could get a sneak peak into future use of the site and any advice the creator would give budding creators of future MiddCreate sites.

Our very first “MiddCreate Spotlight” post will be published this Thursday. We hope you are just as excited as we are to see how our fellow students and colleagues are using MiddCreate.

Not sure what MiddCreate is? Check it out here.

Featured image by Ivana Cajina on Unsplash

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