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


Recording Booth Tips
  1. Make an appointment with a DLC staff member
    • Use the appointment system (go/dlcappointment) to learn about the booths before you start your project. Even if you don't plan on recording the same day that we review how to use the booth, we can go through the recording process with you.
  2. Reserve a recording booth
    • Use the DLC reservation system (go/recordingboothreserve) to make sure a booth is available when you need it. If you happen to be in the DLC when you want to reserve a time, there is an iPad on the wall by the Blue Booth that can help you with that. Just ask someone to help you!
  3. Choose the program
    • Garageband or Audacity can record audio, and Camtasia is great for recording both your face and your voice. You can also use Skype (and record your calls) in the recording booths.  Learn more about each program with your MIIS student account at go.miis.edu/lynda.
  4. Set yourself up for success
    • Make sure you are prepared with the material you want to record. Scripting your podcast or video can make the whole process smoother than just speaking-off-the-cuff. Try practicing your script out loud before you record. It will flow more smoothly when you do the real thing, and you'll have a sense of the length.
  5. Record!
    • Once you hit the record button, just go for it! Say everything you have to say. If you think you messed up, just pause for moment and start again from a few lines back. Editing after you've recorded the bulk of your project is always easier than trying to edit as you go.
  6. Edit later
    • Editing creates meaning. You decide what remains in the final product, and it's easy to delete sections that don't belong, or rearrange clips to make yourself sound better. DLC staff members can help you learn the functions of the audio editing software, or do a tutorial at go.miis.edu/lynda.
  7. Export and save
    • When your project is complete, export (save) your work.  Find Share amidst the drop-down menus above and click on export (or Export Song to Disk in Garageband) to save it, with your name, in an easily located place like the desktop. Be sure to transfer it to your own media, such as an external flash drive or to the cloud when you're done. Don't lose your project. if it's not saved in at least 2 places, it's probably not saved at all.


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Video Production Guidelines

The following video production advice is geared towards simple productions like interviews, lectures or panels. This information will be very beneficial in helping you during the pre-production, production and post-production of your project.


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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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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