Upcoming Events—Please RSVP

Written by Evelyn Helminen

DLINQ has several online events coming up. The next one is on Thursday, October 11.

See all events here.

Designing Digital Assignments That Support Learner Variability

DLINQ Fall 2018 Mini-Workshop SeriesDescription

Looking for strategies to support the diverse learning needs that students bring to your classroom? In this session, we’ll use Universal Design for Learning as a framework to explore ways of using digital media and digital technologies to design assignments that account for learner variability and promote the success of all learners. We’ll also work together to identify barriers that might exist in our own assignments and address those barriers using the UDL principles.


Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Director of Digital Pedagogy and Media


Thursday, October 11, 2018


1:30-2:30 am PT | 4:30-5:30 pm ET


online via Zoom

Learn More and RSVP


New Project: School in Russia Pre-Immersion Learning

Written by Sonja Burrows

DLINQ School in Russian WebsiteThe Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry is excited to announce a new partnership with Middlebury’s School in Russia in the creation and development of a pre-immersion learning space designed to support students preparing for their time abroad in Moscow, Yaroslavl, or Irkutsk, Russia. This new space, which is under development and anticipated to launch next calendar year, will focus on cultural and linguistic preparations for students to jump start their learning before they depart for their study abroad experience in Russia. In addition to providing learners with opportunities to improve their Russian language skills and deepen their cultural understandings pre-departure, this site will also aim to provide interactive guidance for students considering studying abroad as to which program to choose.

Currently, the members involved with the School in Russia pre-immersion learning space are DLINQ’s Vermont-based Instructional Designer Sonja Burrows, the School in Russia’s Moscow-based Director Nana Tsikhelashvil, the Assistant Director Shushana Manakhimova, as well as Irkutsk-based and Yaroslavl-based Resident Coordinators Ilya Ipatov and Anna Melnikova (See their bios here.) The pre-immersion site team—crossing three time zones and continents—meets biweekly via Zoom and has begun preparations to get our work fully underway. We look forward to providing further updates to the DIRT as our work develops.

DLINQ warmly invites our DIRT readers to preview the under-development School in Russia pre-immersion space.

Preview the Site Here


Welcome Fall 2018 DLINQ Interns

The fall semester is in full swing and the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry is thrilled to have a number of student interns on the Middlebury and Monterey campuses. DLINQ Interns divide their time into three areas of work:

Learn more about our student engagement program. In upcoming issues of the DIRT, we will be featuring some of our Interns. This week will feature two Interns on the Monterey campus.


Darcy is a DLINQ Lead Intern pursuing a Master of Arts in International Education Management. Her language of study is Spanish. Darcy is from the DC suburbs of Northern Virginia, and has traveled, worked, and studied in many places including Spain, the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and England. She’s interested in promoting inclusion and diversity, internationalization in early education, and emerging technology in education.

She’s available for consultations in areas including:

  • Presentation & Graphic Design (Powerpoint / Prezi / Canva)
  • Instructional Tools (Zoom / Skype)
  • Online Presence (Wix)
  • Social Media & Personal Branding (Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram / Content Curation / Engagement



Caitlin is a DLINQ INTERN pursuing a Joint Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in International Education Management. Her language of study is Mandarin Chinese. Caitlin has a multicultural upbringing and experience living abroad, and she reports, “I am happy to be a student at MIIS, always surrounded by a globally-minded community.” Her interests include exploring the intersection and interaction between analog & digital media, audio/visual mixed media production, and how these tools can be used in the context of educational settings.

She’s available for consultations in areas including:

  • Project Brainstorming, creative consultation
  • Presentation & Graphic Design (Powerpoint / Photoshop / Prezi / Canva / Infographics)
  • Instructional Tools (Canvas / Zoom / Panopto / Skype / GSuite / Office 365)
  • Audio/Visual Production (Ableton Live / Audacity / iMovie)


Dig Deeper:

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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