Welcome back to MiddCreate Spotlight, a new blog series hosted by the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry. In this series, we will highlight one MiddCreate site at regular intervals on our blog from a faculty, student or member of staff at Middlebury College or Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
MiddCreate is an initiative at Middlebury that offers faculty, staff, and students their own subdomain spaces and easy installation of open-source applications such as WordPress, ownCloud, MediaWiki, Drupal, Known, Scalar, and Omeka, among others. MiddCreate users can decide what tools they want to set up on their domains and have full control over their applications. MiddCreate encourages users to take ownership of their digital identity as well as to develop the digital literacies that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional trajectories.
This week in MiddCreate Spotlight we are highlighting a MiddCreate site created by Margaret Weber, a senior Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major at Middlebury College. Margaret was kind enough to answer some questions about her work with MiddCreate.
DLINQ: What is the purpose of your MiddCreate site?
Margaret: “I used MiddCreate as a platform to share and discuss my winter term internship. I spent the month in the Dominican Republic traveling to small villages to provide medical treatment. As part of my internship, I was tasked with academic readings, journal responses, and photography. MiddCreate allowed me to have a single site to connect these different aspects into one cohesive project.
Hannah Benz at the CCI [Centre for Careers & Internship] recommended MiddCreate for my project.”
DLINQ: What apps did you install on your domain, and how did you create your site?
Margaret: “I created my site through the Middlebury server and did not install additional apps.”
DLINQ: What are your plans for further development on your site?
Margaret: “My academic requirements for the site are completed, but I hope to use the site to continue to document my interaction with the sugar cane farming community in the DR [Dominican Republic]. I am still in contact with the organization I volunteered though and hope to be able to return to the Dominican Republic soon.”
DLINQ: What advice would you give to someone just starting out on MiddCreate?
Margaret: “Think about how a visitor to your site will navigate it! This will help you emphasize key aspects of your site through creating different pages or other elements.”
DLINQ: What are your general thoughts on MiddCreate?
Margaret: “It is a great, user friendly platform!”
The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry encourages our readers to check-out Margaret’s MiddCreate site here.