Behind the Scenes with the Digital Media & Pedagogy team: Amy Slay

Each month, this series will feature an interview with a member of the Digital Pedagogy and Media team. Broadly, our team has expertise in instructional design and pedagogy, multimedia production, and animation and narrative storytelling. We all have interests and expertise that we bring to the team, including the use of digital tools for instructional…

Middlebury XR Expo

Friday, April 26, 2019 1:30 – 3pm Mahaney Arts Center Dance Theatre   Please join us on Friday, April 26th in the Dance Studio, MCA 110, at 1:30pm EST/ 10:30am PST, where we will explore the uses of virtual and augmented reality at Middlebury. At the Expo you will be able to interact with simulations, including blends…

OLC Innovate Conference Round Up

In early April, I attended the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate conference in Denver, CO. As a large, professional organization for online and digital learning in higher ed, the conference attracts instructional designers, administrators, and faculty who have some stake in digital, blended, and/or online learning. My overall general impression and experience was quite positive;…

Inclusive Design at DPL Toronto – a brief overview and reflection

A couple of weeks ago, I taught a 3-day course on Inclusive Design at the Digital Pedagogy Lab event in Toronto, ON. I’ve taught for Digital Pedagogy Lab for years, but this was my first experience teaching on the topic of Inclusive Design (and I’ve only recently begun to learn more about it). To say…

Made for Whom? Critically Examining the Design Logic of Everyday Objects

“Designing for inclusion starts with recognizing exclusion.” “Design shapes our ability to access, participate in, and contribute to the world.” (Kat Holmes, in Mismatch)   This exhibition invites students, faculty, and staff to critically engage with the design history of everyday objects from the perspective of inclusive design. Interact with a series of everyday objects,…

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Tech Prep for the Language Schools
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Exploring Digital Sanctuary
Last month, I gave a talk at the University of Edinburgh on critical digital pedagogy in troubled political times. While the main purpose of the talk was to give my UK 
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Digital embodiment: What happens to the body when we “go digital?”
On February 17, I spoke to students, faculty, and staff at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey on the topic of digital embodiment, as part of their Whole 
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Developing Digital Literacy Through MiddCreate
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The locks on our bridges
This excerpt is from my talk with Sean Michael Morris and Amy Slay at Open Education 2016 about Critical Instructional Design. Read Sean’s post Critical Instructional Design and Acts of 
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What does Middlebury’s new IP policy mean for you? (Part 1)
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Moodle to Canvas: Language Assessment Transitions
With Middlebury’s recent institution-wide transition to a new Learning Management System (LMS), many instructors as well as programs have worked diligently to migrate existing learning content from Moodle to Canvas. Moodle, which has 
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Advice for working across distance
Middlebury is launching a strategic planning process this year, called Envisioning Middlebury. As part of this process, two committees of faculty, staff, and students from across Middlebury’s programs were formed to 
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Language Learning and the Digital
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Working across distance – Amy’s view
Sean in Middlebury this week! Hooray! This may not seem like a big deal to you, but to Sonja and me, it’s so important. You see, Sean works remotely from Oregon. 
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Announcing MiddCreate
It’s official! MiddCreate is live! What is MiddCreate, you ask? MiddCreate allows Middlebury students, faculty, and staff to create a personal web subdomain. In that web space, users can design 
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