Personal Inquiries

Personal Inquiries2022-05-10T13:48:55+00:00

DLINQ Interns take on a Personal Inquiry every session (Fall, Spring, Summer). The goal is for the Interns to explore their own interests pertaining to Digital Fluency and Literacy, while making their work visible so that others may learn from their efforts. The Inquiry process helps the DLINQ Interns build valuable project and time management skills, while also building proficiency with the digital tools and services that support Middlebury’s academic activity.

Interns may choose to focus their Inquiry in one or more of these categories of topics:

An exploration of a digital object or service.

In this category Interns build proficiency with a digital tool or service by building and implementing a learning strategy. Some explorations have included applications in the Adobe suite (Photoshop, Illustrator), Procreate, Canva, and MiddCreate.

The intersection of the digital and a discipline or practice.

In this category Interns explore the applied use of digital tools and services. Examples include Privacy in an Invasive World, The Digital Cyborg: Algorithmically Created Art, and Growing Into Our Role as Digital Citizens.

The use of a digital method.

In this category Interns explore the digitally supported techniques used to collect and analyze data.  Examples include A Dab of Data VisualizationLanguage in the Digital Sphere, and How to Increase Attendance in Online Student Organization Events.

More examples of Intern Personal Inquiries are available in the reflections at the bottom of this page.

 

Cycle of Inquiry

Personal Inquiries follow a twelve week cycle. Interns are encouraged to maintain or exceed the pace of the cycle.

 

One-Page Proposal

 

The One Page Proposal should be started during the DLINQ Intern’s first week of employment. The OPP answers the following questions:

 

  • What is the question that is being explored? What is the challenge that is being addressed?
  • Why is this important?
  • Who is this for?
  • Who is working on the project?
  • How will the work be done?
  • When will the work be done?

 

Discovery

Interns gather information during the first five weeks of the term. During this time they initiate conversations with mentors, gather media pertaining to their topic, and identify skills they need to develop.

 

Pitch

Interns present their ideas as a pitch to members of DLINQ during the third week. The pitch includes the answers to the first three question in the OPP.

  • What is the question that is being explored? What is the challenge that is being addressed?
  • Why is this important?
  • Who is this for?

 

Design

Interns should start designing the results of their inquiries by the sixth week. They should be working towards a high-fidelity prototype that allows others to learn from the work they have done.

 

In-Progress Presentation

By the eighth week Interns should be ready to present their work to date to DLINQ and Partners. the presentation includes:

  • Restate the question that is being explored or the challenge being addressed.
  • What has been done so far.
  • What still needs to be done.
  • What challenges still need to be addressed.

Develop

By the ninth week Interns should be building and iterating.

 

 

 

Publish

During the twelfth week Interns will be publishing the results of their inquiry, including the following:

  • A presentation for DLINQ and Partners.
  • The launch of the website, application or event.
  • A reflection post on the DLINQ site that invites others to explore the topic of their inquiry.

 

A Dab of Data Visualization

By |August 28, 2020|Categories: datavis, Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Jiaqi Li, DLINQ Intern, Computer Science & Geology Joint Major The efforts powered by human curiosity and an innate need to understand the world, for lack of a better term, underlie all scientific explorations. That is precisely why science is, ...

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Use Visual Art to bring the Identity of a Department (DLINQ) into a space

By |December 17, 2021|Categories: DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Jiachen Wang, DLINQ Intern As I first began my personal inquiry this semester, I was particularly interested in decorating the different spaces on campus that are used by DLINQ interns, Wilson Media Lab in particular. I asked the question: “How migh...

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Language in the Digital Sphere

By |May 27, 2021|Categories: Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Vera Rousseff, DLINQ Intern My personal inquiry, Language in the Digital Sphere, explores how language shapes our experience of the digital world. Like many other members of the Middlebury community, I operate in multiple languages on a daily basis...

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Science as a Form of Storytelling

By |November 5, 2020|Categories: Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Jiaqi Li, DLINQ Intern, Computer Science & Geology Joint Major (This is a collaborative personal storytelling project between DLINQ Intern Cyborg project and an assignment for Writing on Contemporary Issues (fall 2020)) In computer science, an o...

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Growing into Our Roles as Digital Citizens

By |November 13, 2020|Categories: Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Sanjana Roy, DLINQ Intern, Architecture and Environmental Studies Joint Major with a Minor in Biology My experience of creating an identity on the web started out with my first Yahoo email account at the age of 9. I was gifted a shiny, pink iPod shu...

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Web Development Support: From Virtual Pet Sites to DLINQ

By |September 4, 2020|Categories: Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Alivia Kliesen, DLINQ Intern, Computer Science Major I was obsessed with virtual pets growing up. There were the obvious ones like Neopets and Webkinz, but my obsession did not end there. Whether I was raising virtual horses on howrse, breeding fant...

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Inbox Zero: An Animated Short

By |February 10, 2021|Categories: Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Alivia Kliesen, DLINQ Intern, Computer Science Major DLINQ recently tasked the Interns with creating a visualization that represents some aspect of our relationship to the digital. In tackling this project, I first reflected on the seemingly endles...

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MiddMobile – Ideas for a New College Mobile Application

By |September 16, 2021|Categories: DLINQ News, internreflections|

By Issy Cochran, DLINQ Lead Intern/Peer Mentor Introduction For my personal Inquiry, MiddMobile, I chose to explore how we have used the Middlebury Mobile App in the past, and ask if there are ways in which we can improve it. As a rising senior feb at ...

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How to Increase Attendance in Online Student Organization Events

By |May 28, 2021|Categories: Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Kayla Moore, DLINQ Intern. To answer this question, the first thing I thought to use was social media, particularly Instagram. I chose Instagram because it seems like a social media app that many students use aside from Facebook. Additionally, the ...

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The Digital Cyborg: Algorithmically Created Art

By |November 19, 2020|Categories: Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

By Kaylen Rivers, DLINQ Intern, Computer Science and English Double Major One project we undertook as DLINQ interns was the Digital Cyborg, an open-ended exercise where we were tasked with analyzing and describing how our relationships with the digital...

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Beginning to Create a Guide for the DLINQ Lead Intern

By |January 11, 2022|Categories: DLINQ News, internreflections|

By Issy Cochran, DLINQ Lead Intern/Peer Mentor Introduction For my personal inquiry, I decided to reflect on my transition into the Lead Intern position and ask if there are ways I can improve the process. I became Lead Intern this past Fall ‘21 and ha...

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Creating Portrait Poster with Tibetan Letters Using Illustrator

By |December 21, 2021|Categories: DLINQ News, internreflections|

By Sonam Choedon, DLINQ Intern When this project was first given to me, I don’t know what kind of poster I wanted. After researching, I knew I wanted to do a portrait poster with letters. I picked a portrait of a very known figure. I imported the portr...

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Creating a video in Adobe Premiere Pro

By |October 5, 2021|Categories: DLINQ News, internreflections|

By Kayla Moore, DLINQ Intern Background: This is a guide on how to create a video. These steps can be applied to any video creation software. The content of my video is about the connection between rural poverty in America and the LGBT community, and i...

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Exploring the Relationship Between Art and Technology

By |September 10, 2021|Categories: DLINQ News, internreflections|

Jiachen Wang, DLINQ Intern In my personal inquiry, I decided to focus on digital art, which for me had always been an unknown territory. Although I had not had any experience with it, I was curious about the process of creating art on a digital platfor...

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Privacy in an Invasive World

By |August 23, 2021|Categories: DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Gary Soza, DLINQ Intern In my personal inquiry, Privacy in a Digital World, I explored how privacy needs have become increasingly more important in our lives and made recommendations for useful resources for the uninitiated. I created a WordPress si...

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Protest Lyrics: A Guide to a Perfect Protest Song?

By |June 1, 2021|Categories: Digital Literacy, DLINQ News, internreflections|

by Petar Gardian, DLINQ Intern As part of my personal inquiry, I have decided to explore protest music from the 1990s onwards. The main aim of the inquiry was to find the most common idioms and words in order to generate the amalgam of all the protes...

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