The DIRT for Sep 17-21, 2018

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Book a Consultation with DLINQ

DLINQ consultations for Middlebury faculty, staff, and studentsDLINQ is a cross-institutional, consultation-based office. We work with faculty, staff, and students in a variety of ways to explore “the digital”. Our consultative services are available both online (via Zoom) and on campus (either in Middlebury or Monterey). We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new consultation system. You can now book a half hour, design-based consultation directly with a member of our team. During your consultation, we’ll talk about what you’re working on and what your goals are. We can help you think this through, identify digital tools that support your academic or professional goals, and show you how to leverage those tools to support your work.

Because we base our support of your work on expertise and not geographic location, we recommend you choose to meet virtually with a DLINQ staff member who can best support your needs regardless of their home campus. Relatedly, the best person for you to meet with may not be be based on your campus. When you choose to meet via Zoom (instead of on-campus), you get access to our full team.

Consultation categories include:

  • Digital Pedagogy & Instructional Tools
    • Learn more about designing online learning spaces (course sites, communities of practice), flipping a class, using digital tools for instructional purposes, etc.
  • Online Presence
    • Learn more about negotiating digital identities, creating academic or professional websites, e-portfolios, etc.
  • Presentation & Graphic Design
    • Learn more about designing presentations, reports, fliers, banners, posters, etc.
  • Multimedia Production
    • Learn more about audio recording, podcasting, video editing, screen casting, etc.
  • Emerging Technologies
    • Explore emerging technologies and extended realities.
  • Software for Your Class
    • Learn more about software you can use in your classes, how to request new software for classes, and resources to help support your use of that software.

On the Monterey campus, you can also reserve a recording booth or book a Design Space orientation through the system.

Book a consultation with us at go.middlebury.edu/dlinqconsult

DLINQ Upcoming Events

Written by Evelyn Helminen

Four Moves and a Habit for Addressing Web Pollution


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.


Dr. Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning


Wednesday, September 19, 2018


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


online via via Zoom

Wiki Edu Campus Visit: Teaching & Learning in the Public Sphere with Wikipedia


Join us for an informal brown bag conversation to learn more about Wiki Education, ways to get involved as a teacher, and to explore how the Institute’s distinctive approach to language education, translation, and localization might inspire new ideas for integrating Wikipedia into course assignments. This is a learning and idea-sharing session. No technical skills or technology required!


Wiki Education outreach manager Samantha Weald


Monday, September 24, 2018


12:15 – 1:30pm PT | 3:15 – 4:30pm ET


Digital Learning Commons Design Space, McGowan 001
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
420 Calle Principal, Monterey

or online via Zoom

Digital Pedagogy Lab (DPL) was held July 30-August 3, 2018, in Fredericksburg, VA, at the University of Mary Washington. We had a mighty DLINQ and Middlebury contingent represented this year. Here are some of our reflections from the Lab.

Innovative Pedagogies, Interculturality, and Language & Social Justice at DPL 2018

Written by Evelyn Helminen

Netta Avineri, Associate Professor TESOL/TFL at the Institute, wrote a blog post reflection on Digital Pedagogy Lab, based on three experiences: from the Technology Playgrounds – Digital Pedagogy & Experiential Education workshop, the Cultural Humility for Educators workshop and the Digital Literacies 4-day track.

“I was so inspired throughout the 5 days, as the topics coalesced with my professional interests in innovative pedagogies, interculturality, and language and social justice.”

In the post, she shares several activities she participated in, and her take-aways. In one workshop, her group “came up with a class called ‘Reaching for the Prize: Dance & Democracy’, with learning outcomes including Civic Fitness: Learning How to Participate in Democratic Life and Civic Choreography: Organizing for Meaningful Political Participation, using flash mobs at polling places and augmented reality to empower communities to use ballots and vote.”

In another workshop, they explored an “especially useful tool [that] encourages open dialogue through Interrupting, Questioning, Educating, and Echoing: calling in vs. calling out, asking ‘What do you mean by that?’, ‘Do you know the history of that (word, place, etc.)?’, and thanking the person for speaking up.”

And finally, in her 4-day track, she shares that she “was especially struck by our discussions of terminology for digital fluency and digital literacy, as many of them connect with my disciplines of applied linguistics and linguistic anthropology,” and she shares a list of some of these terms. Read the full inspiring blog post to learn more.


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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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