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The DIRT for October 15-19, 2018

Upcoming Events—Save the Date

Written by Evelyn Helminen

DLINQ has several events coming up. Keep reading for more details.

Four Moves and a Habit for Addressing Web Pollution

Description: The web is polluted. In this session, you will learn Four Moves and a Habit—a set of strategies to help you detect and debunk misinformation on the web. These strategies will help you to become a more deft web citizen and can be tied into classroom-based activities you can use to teach students how to be better citizens on the web.

Facilitator: Dr. Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018

Time: 1:30-2:30 pm PT | 4:30-5:30 pm ET

Location: online via via Zoom

NOW Edit-a-thon

Description: Newspapers on Wikipedia edit-a-thon on October 26, 3pm – 7pm ET. The event, which will be hosted in the Wilson Media Lab and at the Digital Learning Commons Lab in Monterey, will encourage Middlebury students, staff, and faculty to create Wikipedia pages for local Vermont and California newspapers. We are planning to let participants choose roles to play (researcher, writer, proofer/closer) and we would love to get librarians involved in working with folks, especially those who are taking on the “researcher” roles. BONUS: Facilitators and hosts of the edit-a-thons will get a special Wikipedia t-shirt to wear during the event (and there will be other swag for participants as well!).

Facilitators: DLINQ full-time staff and Interns

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018

Time: 12:00-4:00 pm PT | 3:00-7:00 pm ET

Locations: On-ground in Middlebury, VT at the Wilson Media Lab, and in Monterey, CA in the DLC Design Space


Welcome Fall 2018 DLINQ Interns

This week will feature two DLINQ Interns (Noraya Razzaque & Rachel Kang). Interns divide their time into three areas of work:

Learn more about our student engagement program.

NORAYA RAZZAQUE

Noraya is a DLINQ Intern pursuing a degree in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute. As a Muslim woman and a Bangladeshi-American, Noraya is passionate about dynamic social change, the fight for equity, diversity and inclusion issues, intersectionality and is always exploring creative ways to bridge gaps and bring people together. As a DLINQ intern, Noraya explores creative and innovative storytelling through multimedia production as well as examining the role and influence of emerging technology in low-income and/or disadvantaged educational settings.

She is available for consultations in areas including:

  • Basic Multimedia Production (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Audacity)
  • Presentation & Graphic Design (Powerpoin, Prezi, Canva)
  • Online Presence (WIX, Weebly)
  • Suites (Microsoft, Google, Word, Slides)
  • Operating Systems (Mac, Microsoft)

 

RACHEL KANG

Rachel is a DLINQ Intern at Middlebury College pursuing a double major in Computer Science & Political Science. Rachel has been working as a DMT since summer 2017. She has also always been very interested in politics and spends a lot of her free time browsing and keeping up with the news.

She’s available for consultations in areas including:

  • Design (Adobe Systems, including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator)
  • Video Editing (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut)
  • Web Development (WordPress)

DLINQ Online/Hybrid Convo Page Reveal

Written by Sarah Lohnes-Watulak

The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ) is convening a year-long conversation series for faculty to explore and address pedagogical and technical issues related to teaching and learning online. As Middlebury moves into more hybrid and online learning opportunities, these conversations will help to prepare faculty to take advantage of these opportunities, while ensuring that we are designing courses and programs that reflect our unique values and approaches to learning.

Our first conversation took place at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies on September 12, 2018. During the conversation, we heard that online learning can sometimes be “solitary” “distracted” “less appealing to the senses” and “requires extra effort to connect and stay engaged.”  We wondered, what does it mean to create online learning spaces that make room for instructor and student personality, a sense of intimacy, and a feeling of community and trust? What are some specific strategies that faculty can use to design and foster these spaces?

On October 29, 2018, we’ll hold the second conversation series event, online via Zoom, and we’ve invited Dr. Whitney Kilgore to join us to help think through these questions. Whitney is the Chief Academic Officer at iDesign, and has many years of experience developing online academic programs in higher education settings, with a particular interest in designing student-centered, humanizing online learning spaces. In this conversation, Whitney will share highlights of the Community of Inquiry framework and help us think through strategies for embedding instructor presence, social presence, and cognitive presence into our online learning design.

Visit our website for more information about the conversation series, as well as additional resources related to teaching and learning in online spaces. While you’re there, RSVP for the Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning conversation. Hope to see you there!


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