Middlebury’s Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) explores and creates digital practices and spaces that advance the transformative potential of education in students’ lives, and advances digital fluency and critical engagement with the digital at Middlebury. We are a cross-institutional group of instructional designers, digital scholars, and teaching and learning professionals who offer consultations and workshops to faculty, staff, and students at Middlebury. DLINQ is part of the Office of the Provost.

DLINQ is headed by Dr. Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning, and has three areas of focus:

Exploratory Initiatives & Partnerships
Digital Pedagogy & Media
Technology & Learning Spaces

DLINQ serves all of Middlebury, including the College in Middlebury, VT, the Institute in Monterey, CA, the Language Schools, Schools Abroad, the School of the Environment, and Bread Loaf School of English. By combining expertise in instructional design, pedagogical research, learning space design, animation and video production, and more, the team provides dynamic, strategic, and robust resources that are accessible to faculty, staff, and students across all of Middlebury’s programs.

DLINQ works closely with partners across the institution, including the Digital Liberal Arts initiative; the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research; Information Technology Services; the Libraries; Student Creativity, Engagement, and Careers; and with the leaders of Middlebury’s academic programs. We continue to welcome input and new partners.

We also have an internship program for students at Middlebury College and Middlebury Institute. These interns provide support for digital projects and for students who visit the Wilson Media Lab (Middlebury) or the Digital Learning Commons (Monterey).

We believe that, if education is to be a transformative force in students’ lives, we must explore hopefully, but critically, the role technology and the digital play in teaching and learning.

With this goal in mind, the DLINQ team aims to:

  • Advance digital fluency and critical engagement at Middlebury. We recognize that “the digital” already pervades our lives and brings with it many opportunities, but also dangerous inequities, black box algorithms that obscure and manipulate what we see and do, and threats to students’ and our data. DLINQ works with students, faculty, and staff to develop critical digital literacies needed to combat those threats and help improve and depollute our digitally-mediated world.
  • Advance the transformative potential of digital practices and spaces by exploring, partnering to work with, and engaging in conversations about teaching and learning with digital technologies with Middlebury faculty, staff, and students.