It's time for you to have a domain of your own.

MiddCreate is Middlebury’s open web design project, based on the Domain of One’s Own initiative. All Middlebury faculty, staff and students have access to MiddCreate.

About the initiative

With MiddCreate, faculty, staff, and students can create online websites and spaces for writing, self-expression, professional, academic, or creative portfolios, and more. 

THE MISSION OF MIDDCREATE is to provide spaces on the web where students, faculty, and staff can explore and connect their learning, experiment with digital tools for teaching and learning, and create a digital identity that is owned and managed by them, to take with them when they leave Middlebury.

MIDDCREATE PROVIDES SUBDOMAIN NAMES and web space to members of the Middlebury community, encouraging individuals to explore and develop their digital identities using tools such as WordPress, Omeka, Media Wiki, Known, and more. MiddCreate supports an individual’s agency in creating their digital identity through processes of reflection, self-expression, and connection to other learners and experts.


Want to learn more, or wondering how to get started? Here are three ways to get involved with MiddCreate.

More Details

What is MiddCreate? How is it different from our hosted blog environment, sites.middlebury or sites.miis? and Why do this MiddCreate project at Middlebury?

Self Help

MiddCreate is all about agency—it's up to you to imagine what you want to do, try it out, and learn from it. Here are some helpful how-to documents covering general information about how to set up and manage your domain, what you can do on your cPanel dashboard, and some of the applications you can install.

Get Started

MiddCreate is more than just a space on the web. It's a place to practice digital fluency, create a digital presence, and have more agency and control over the tools you use on the web. What are you waiting for?

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More—A round-up of all things MiddCreate

Blog posts, announcements, events, and reflections



Printable Quickstart Guide for WordPress

WordPress is a powerful and popular tool for creating websites and blogs.  4005

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Digital Learning Commons

The DLINQ staff and graduate assistants provide the MIIS community with expertise in media and technology. Our public computers run both MAC and PC operating systems. They are all connected to the Internet and loaded with applications such as: Adobe Photoshop & Indesign, iMovie, Garage Band, Camtasia, Keynote, Audacity, Prezi, Word, Excel, and more.


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IT Help Desk

The IT Help Desk provides technology services for the entire campus, including servers, networking, and printing. Go there for help with Papercut, to reset your BannerWeb password, or for questions about the network and/or your email account. Wireless network support for connecting mobile devices, account activation, free antivirus installation. Bring your student ID.


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Media Services

Media Services provides media resources for faculty and student projects (presentations, videos, classroom activities) and technical support for campus events. They also coordinate and schedule all audio and video equipment available. 3984

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Screen Recording Resources

You may want to record your screen if you need a narrated PowerPoint, you want to record a Skype call, you're creating a guided tutorial, and more. 3971

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Finding Photos

Finding Photos

Using Creative Commons for Photos

Creative Commons: http://search.creativecommons.org

  1. Uncheck “use for commercial purposes”
  2. For photos, choose “Wikimedia Commons” or “Flickr”
  3. Type in the search term
  4. In Flickr, after choosing a photo, click on the 3 circles that look like “…” for the option to download. Try to choose the same file size type every time and make sure it is the medium or bigger size photo (do not choose small or square).
  5. In Wikimedia, after choosing a photo, click on download all sizes in the right hand corner of the photo. Again, choose the same file size type every time and go with the bigger size photos.
  6. Make sure to attribute the source and author of your images.

Additional images sites we love

Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/

"Over 1,000,000 free (do-whatever-you-want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers."

Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/
"Over 1 million+ high quality stock images and videos shared by our talented community."

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Upload to YouTube

How to Upload a Video to YouTube, Step-by-Step Instruction


  1. Sign in with your gmail username and password
  2. If you have never used YouTube before, you will have to provide a few pieces of basic information to create your YouTube Channel.
  3. In the upper right hand corner, choose “Upload.”
  4. Select the file you want to upload.
  5. Give the Video a name.
  6. Choose if you want the video to be public, unlisted, or private.
    • Public: Anyone can find and view it
    • Unlisted: Someone must have the direct URL to view the video
    • Private: You must give permission for specific people to view, using their gmail address
  7. Write a short one sentence description about the video.
  8. Click Done.
  9. The video can be viewed at the link provided by YouTube. Also, YouTube will send an email to your gmail account once the video has been successfully uploaded.
  10. Finally, to share the video with others, copy and paste the url.
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Tips on Using iMovie

Making a Video Using iMovie 10:

Starting an Event/Project

  • File-> New Event -> Name Event
  • File-> New Movie-> No Theme/Same Name as Event/Tie it to the Event

How to import recorded audio into iMovie

Same rules apply for adding Music.

  • Plug in Flash Drive or transfer MP3 to desktop
  • Top ToolBar -> Import
  • Click on the file you need -> Import Selected
  • Highlight entire audio file and drag into project

If you click on audio/voice track in timeline and put cursor over audio waves you get arrows pointing up or down which allow you to adjust the sound louder or softer.

How to import photos and video into iMovie

  • Same as Audio
  • Top ToolBar -> Import
  • Click on the file you need -> Import Selected

How to bring photos into iMovie timeline

  • Click on photo in project.
  • Click on + symbol, which automatically inserts photo into timeline.
  • Default length is 4 seconds.
  • If you want to change length go to either end of the photo in the timeline. You'll get an Icon with arrows in both directions. Drag in the desired direction for shorter or longer length of photo.
  • Ken Burns zoom effect is automatic with iMovie. Usually it's fine to leave this on.
  • Click on next photo and repeat. iMovie will automatically insert that photo after the first photo and so on. However, if you want to move the photo in the timeline to a new location, just click and move it.  So you can reorder photos.
  • Gaps in photos in timeline do not mean anything. Just exist as a placeholder for transitions (if you use them)
  • Which leads to Transitions...lower left hand corner....Content Library...Transitions...use cross dissolves.
  • Default is 1.0 second.
  • Fade to black at end.

How to bring video into iMovie timeline

  • Click on and highlight portion of video clip that you need.
  • Drag into timeline.
  • Just like for photos, you can tweak the length at the ends.
  • Also, if you click on the video clip, and go over the wave forms, can adjust it louder or softer.
  • If you need to fix voice track to fit in video with sound, adjust the end of the audio track.

How to add Credits/Titles at the end

  • Lower Left Hand Corner...Content Library...Titles
  • Scrolling Credits
  • Drag into timeline at end.
  • Double click in timeline and that will give you the ability to edit.
  • Click on words to change.
  • Click on T to change font or size.
  • Click on i to change length of scroll...default is 10 seconds.
  • Same rules apply for other Title features. You can add them at the beginning or at different spots in the video for transitions or to break up sections.

How to export video

  • Top ToolBar->Share

  • Choose File
  • Next
  • Video will be saved to Desktop.

Transferring iMovie Project and Files ("Library") to an External Drive or Another Computer

(The "Library" has all your relevant files, as well as your movie project and all the edits you have made thus far.)

Get your project and files saved to a flash drive or external hard drive

1. Click on the iMovie Library that you are using, and select the movie you want to transfer.


2. Go to File > Copy Project to Library > New Library.

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3. Select the flash drive you want to save the library to, and give your library a name you'll remember. Click Save. (You can also save it to the desktop or documents folder, and copy it to an external drive later on.)

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Your library will have the following icon:
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Open Your Library in iMovie on Another Computer

1. Insert flash drive/external hard drive.

2. Open iMovie.

3. Go to File > Open Library > Other.

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4. Choose Locate...

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5. Find your library that you saved. Click Open.

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Your library should open and you should be able to edit your movie and view all video clips, photos, music, etc. that are associated with it.

If editing seems to be slow, you should first copy the library file onto your computer, then open the library. You can copy the library file to the desktop or documents folder, or put it where your iMovie library is automatically created, which is normally here: Macintosh HD > Users > Username > Movies. Then in step #5, navigate to where you saved your library in order to open it.

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Photo Credits:

Header photo by Boudewijn Huysmans on Unsplash

Butterflies Photo by Emiel Molenaar on Unsplash

Spotlight Photo by Daniel Tseng on Unsplash

Peppers Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

Gardening Tools Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Grass Photo by Christian EM on Unsplash

Woods Photo by sergio souza on Unsplash