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Preparing for the Spring 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 spring term nears, 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

Whether you’re new to Middlebury, or just need a refresher, 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

If you encounter any trouble along the way, check out our troubleshooting guide. You can also jump to our toolshed for an overview of the tools available to you to support your teaching.

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: 

Check out MiddCreate

MiddCreate 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.

One-on-one consultations

DLINQ staff are available for one-on-one consultations (in person or via Zoom) throughout the academic year to work with you to build digital technology-supported teaching and learning spaces and experiences. You can reach out to us at dlinq@middlebury.edu

Subscribe to DLINQ’s Monthly Newsletter

We encourage you to subscribe to the DLINQ email newsletter for monthly updates related to digital learning, and DLINQ workshops and events.

 

Best wishes for a great start of the semester. 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


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