This Week in ODL: Oct 9-13, 2017

Amy Collier to Attend OpenEd Conference

The Associate Provost of Digital Learning will attend the 14th annual OpenEd Conference this week held in Anaheim, CA. The theme of the 2017 conference — which will take place from October 11-13 — is Sharing, Gratitude, and Hope. Open education refers to resources, tools, and practices that utilize open sharing to improve educational access. Open education is free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.

The conference offers keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, unconference time, and other social activities to help attendees learn, grow, connect, and recharge. The program will include a ‘First Timers Session: Intro to Open Education’, talks and presentations such as ‘Organizational Innovations to Open Pedagogy’,  ‘Collaboration is a Prelude to Open Education’ and more. Keynote speakers push participants’ thinking and encourage attendees to expand their understanding of a wide range of topics related to open education.

Write Like a Scientist

The Office of Digital Learning is delighted to be supporting a new iteration of an interactive, online scientific writing guide under development by Molly Costanza-Robinson of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Program for Environmental Studies. The guide, called Write Like a Scientist – A Guide to Scientific Communication, is a critical resource for scientific writers at all stages of training and experience. It provides guidelines for effective writing and offers considerations, patterns and tools to help learners along the way. The WLaS approach teaches writers about the choices they need to make in order to write effectively for multiple audiences and purposes. By providing numerous examples from published work, Write Like a Scientist offers users the ability to pull from an established resource while practicing to make those choices for themselves.

The site includes a section entitled Scientific Writing Essentials that presents basic writing features, considerations and tasks that all scientific writers need to understand in order to write effectively such as references, organization and scientific language. The guide also includes sections entitled Genres and Disciplines that detail how to write for specific genres and specify conventions by scientific discipline.

The ODL is excited to support WLaS through to its launch in the coming months.

Amy Collier Visits MIIS

This week, Amy Collier is visiting Monterey to meet with various departments about opportunities for digital learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). She and colleagues in the Digital Learning Commons hosted an open conversation on Monday morning with faculty and staff about the upcoming unification of the Digital Learning Commons, the Office of Digital Learning, and the Academic Technology Group. They discussed how the unified organization can be responsive to the opportunities afforded by Middlebury’s strategic directions.


Featured image by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

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