This Week in ODL: Sept 18-22, 2017

One Portuguese Hub Kickoff

On Monday, September 18, the Office of Digital Learning hosted a kickoff meeting with members of the One Portuguese Hub development team. The Portuguese Hub is one of several new projects under development as part of the the ODL’s participation in the cross-institutional Portuguese initiative funded by a One Middlebury grant. The grant will support members of the various Portuguese language instruction programs across the institution to create new endeavors in language pedagogy which will bring together Portuguese pedagogical expertise from the Undergraduate College, the Language Schools, the Schools Abroad, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS).

The One Portuguese Hub will be a digital hub built in Wordpress on MiddCreate which will bring together students, faculty and staff of Portuguese language study. The Hub will represent the joining of forces across the institution and will provide members with a sense of belonging connected both to their study of Portuguese as well as to their affiliation with Middlebury — whether through the College, the Language Schools, the Schools Abroad, or MIIS. The ODL is excited to partner with Middlebury Portuguese experts in developing this new digital connection space.

What’s the Story? 2017-18 Launch

The fourth year of the What’s the Story (WtS) program launched last week on the campus of Middlebury College. This year, WtS welcomes 32 students from 12 Vermont schools, all of whom will soon select a social action research topic which will become the basis for a year-long inquiry and culminating videographic representation.

This year, the Office of Digital Learning is again supporting the WtS program in the design and implementation of a digital hub built on MiddCreate. On the hub, viewers can access student blog posts, a newsletter, information regarding other WtS programs, and an archive of previous years’ projects.

We invite you to visit the WtS hub site here.

Blog Post by Amy Collier: Platforms in education: A need for criticality and hope

Amy Collier recently published a post entitled Platforms in education: A need for criticality and hope in which she shares notes from her talk at the Council on Independent Colleges / ARTSTOR Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research on September 7, 2017. The original talk was titled Possible worlds, possible futures: Students galvanized on the web.

This Week in ODL last week introduced Amy’s talk at the ARTSTOR Consortium, which offered a critical perspective on the adoption and use of digital platforms such as the LMS, and called for further inquiry about the ways that platforms promoting themselves as democratic, open spaces may instead rely on data and labor provided by students.

You can read Amy’s post in its entirety here.


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