The DIRT for July 16-20, 2018

Welcome Summer 2018 DLINQ Interns

Summer is finally here and the Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry is thrilled to have a number of student interns working on various projects throughout the next few months. This week will feature Sol Garza, a Digital Media Tutor.


Sol Manuel Garza is a member of the class of 2021 from San Diego, California who has recently joined the Middlebury community. With varied interests, he is considering majors in Biology, Geology and Geography. Sol Manuel has just started working in the Wilson media Lab as of Summer 2018 and is excited to help others with their projects while simultaneously improving his understanding of each program. He is also interested in pursuing personal projects related to graphic design and illustration using the Adobe suite. He hopes to be of service and support to all in need of assistance.

MiddCreate Spotlight Roundup

Written by Nadani Dixon

In MiddCreate Spotlight we highlight one MiddCreate site at regular intervals from a faculty, student or member of staff at Middlebury College or the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, to bring attention to the some of the amazing ways MiddCreate is being used by our peers and colleagues.

In the past weeks, we have published two MiddCreate Spotlights. The first MiddCreate Spotlight is on Ianthe Jillian,  a summer graduate assistant at the Digital Learning Commons (DLC) in MIIS. Ianthe was born in Chicago and raised in Houston, Texas and studies International Policy and DevelopmentIanthe believes her website is truly representative of who she is and not who/what a graduate student is supposed to be or display. She describes, “I am creative and artistic and I’ve combined visual elements with social change and storytelling.”  Ianthe’s site is a place that encourages creativity as she maintains life requires being creative at every career level.

The second MiddCreate Spotlight is on Jason Grant, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Middlebury College. Professor Grant joined the Middlebury faculty last fall and since then has taught the Senior Seminar, Biometrics, and Introduction to Computing. Next fall, he will teach ‘Music and the Black Church’, a course designed by Professor Grant as a part of the First Year Seminar program. His research areas include computer vision and biometrics and focuses on detection of dangerous and abnormal crowd behavior in large crowds, especially at sporting events and mega-concerts, using computer vision techniques. Outside of the office you can find him at the gym, on a mountain or in the woods with his dog, or playing the piano. Professor Grant describes his site as an academic and personal website that features his teaching, research, and related interests.

We would like to thank Ianthe Jillian and Professor Jason Grant for taking the time out to answer our questions and their willingness to be featured on our blog. We believe that these MiddCreate sites are great examples of how we would like the Middlebury family to utilize this Domain of One’s Own project.

Check out Ianthe Jillian’s site here and Professor Jason Grant’s here.

Welcome to Sarah Lohnes-Watulak!

Co-written by Amy Collier & Nadani Dixon


DLINQ has a new Director of Digital Pedagogy and Media, Dr. Sarah Lohnes-Watulak! A hearty welcome to the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry! Sarah earned her Ed.D. in Communication and Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. Before pursuing her graduate degrees, Sarah worked in the Center for Educational Technology at Middlebury from 2000-2003 and later as a consultant for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). She is currently Associate Editor for the International Journal of Information and Learning Technology and Chair of the Instructional Technology SIG for the American Educational Research Association. She brings years of experience in teaching, research, and service to her new leadership post in DLINQ, where she will manage a team of digital pedagogy consultants/instructional designers and media and animation experts.

Before coming to Middlebury, Sarah was an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy at Townson University where she taught courses in instructional technology and qualitative research methods at the masters and doctoral levels. Her research interests primarily focus on undergraduate technology practices, critical digital literacies, and connected learning. Sarah’s work has been published in E-Learning and Digital MediaEducational Action Research, the British Journal of Educational Technology, Digital Culture & Education, the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, Innovate, and Educational Technology: The Magazine for Managers of Change in Education. She currently serves as the Past Chair for the Instructional Technology SIG of the American Educational Research Association, and is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Information and Learning Technology.

Sarah moved her family to Vermont and started her work at Middlebury yesterday. Her office is located in the Davis Family Library, Room 221. Her email address is slohneswatulak@middlebury.edu.

Please join us in welcoming Sarah to the DLINQ family and the wider Middlebury community.


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