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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 the fall term begins, we are looking forward to working with you to explore and create digital learning opportunities that advance your pedagogical goals and support student learning.

Online, Self-Paced Technology Orientation Modules

We recommend reviewing our Faculty Technology Orientation modules, a series of self-paced, online modules that covers a variety of topics including:

Middlebury Faculty Technology Orientation Online Modules

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. Click here to set up a consultation.

Set up a consultation

Course Hub and Canvas Quick Tips

Here are some quick-tips specifically related to getting your course sites up and running starting at the Course Hub.

1. Check your Course Roster on Course Hub

Review a dynamic course roster with student names and headshots
Tutorial: How To View Class Roster

2. Upload your Syllabus

Provide students with your course syllabus before the first day of class
Tutorial: How to Add Course Syllabus to Course Hub

3. 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

4. Copy Content from One Canvas Site to Another

After you create a new Canvas site (see #3 above) you can copy over material from your other course sites. You can select specific content or copy the entire course.
Tutorial: How do I copy content from another Canvas course using the Course Import tool?

5. 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
Blog Post: Kickstart your Canvas Site with Canvas Commons

6. 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

7. 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

8. For a deeper dive into teaching and learning with Canvas, check out: 

Subscribe to DLINQ’s Blog or Monthly Newsletter

DLINQ offers a blog and a monthly newsletter. You can read past posts and subscribe to new ones on our site.

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


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