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Preparing for the Semester with Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning

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Dear Middlebury Faculty,

Greetings from the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ)! As fall term approaches, we are looking forward to working with you to explore and create digital learning opportunities that advance your pedagogical goals and support student learning.

To help you explore the curricular technology resources available to you, and to get your course sites up and running, we’ve created a set of online, self-paced materials and course site quick-tips.

One-on-one consultations

DLINQ staff are available for one-on-one consultations (in person or online via Zoom) throughout the academic year to work with you to build digital technology-supported teaching and learning spaces and experiences. Please click here to set up a consultation.

Online, Self-Paced Technology Orientation Modules

Middlebury Faculty Technology Orientation Online Modules

We’re excited to share a set of self-paced, online orientation modules (go.miis.edu/techo OR go.middlebury.edu/techo) that will walk you through the necessary steps to get started with technology resources that can support your teaching at Middlebury, including:

  1. Activating/resetting your Middlebury credentials
  2. Connecting to Middlebury’s cyberinfrastructure (wifi, email, printing, etc).
  3. Leveraging digital teaching resources (Course Hub, Canvas, WordPress, Panopto, etc.)
  4. Getting help along the way

These online materials can be accessed at any time. We recommend that you review this resource before classes begin, and you can refer back to it at anytime throughout the semester.

Additional self-paced resources include:

  1. Troubleshooting guide
  2. Toolshed

Course Site Quick Tips

Here are some quick-tips specifically related to getting your course sites up and running.

  1. Check your Course Roster on Course Hub

Review a dynamic course roster with student names and headshots

Tutorial: How To View Class Roster

  1. Upload your Syllabus

Provide students with your course syllabus before the first day of class

Tutorial: How to Add Course Syllabus to Course Hub

  1. Link your Course to a New Canvas Site

Set up a new (empty of content) Canvas site for the next academic term. You need to do this step even if you are planning to import content from a previous term

Video: How to Add a Canvas Resource in Course Hub

  1. Import a Canvas Template from Canvas Commons

If you’re creating a new Canvas course and are pressed for time, save yourself a few steps by using one of our customized Canvas templates

Tutorial: How to Use the Canvas Commons

  1. Link Your Course Hub to Library E-Reserves

Simplify student access to your course Library E-Reserves

Video: How to add a Link to Library E-Reserves

  1. Import & Re-purpose Content from a Past Canvas Site into a New Canvas Site

Copy course content from a previous term into a new Canvas resource for the current term. Complete task #3 above before your import.

Tutorial: How to Copy Content from One Canvas Site to Another

  1. Import & Re-purpose Content from Moodle* into a New Canvas Site

Request an import or “rollover” of Moodle course content from a previous term into a new Canvas resource for the current term. Complete task #3 above before your import.

Rollover Request: Moodle > Canvas

  1. Make your Canvas Site Visible to Students

By default, when a new Canvas resource is added to your Course Hub, the site is set to be invisible to students, allowing you to set up the site without them seeing it “under construction”.

Tutorial: Step-by-Step instructions to Update Canvas Resource Visibility

*Moodle Decommissioning: For returning faculty who previously taught with Moodle LMS, please be reminded that Moodle will be decommissioned in December 2018. To ensure that you do not lose access to former course sites, your action may be required before the end of term. See this resource for more information.

Check out MiddCreate

MiddCreate LogoMiddCreate provides space 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. Faculty can install a variety of teaching and learning tools on their MiddCreate spaces (e.g., WordPress, MediaWiki). Learn more and get started with MiddCreate.

Other questions? Reach out to us at dlinq@middlebury.edu. We look forward to working with you!

The DLINQ Leadership Team

Amy Collier, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Digital Learning
Bob Cole, Director of Exploratory Initiatives and Partnerships
Bill Koulopoulos, Director of Technology and Learning Spaces
Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Ed.D., Director of Digital Pedagogy and Media


Featured Image Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

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