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Upcoming Events—Save the Date

Written by Evelyn Helminen

DLINQ has several events coming up, including a new one to announce. Keep reading for more details.

Cognitive Principles for Designing Effective Presentations

DLINQ Fall 2018 Mini-Workshop SeriesDescription

Understanding how the brain processes information in working memory can make our presentations and teaching more effective. This session will introduce cognitive load theory and some of its implications and principles for the presentation of multimedia. We will examine some practical applications of this theory as it applies to presentation software, such as, Keynote and PowerPoint.

Host

Shel Sax

Date

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time

9:00-10:00 am PT | noon-1 pm ET

Location
Davis Family Library Room 230 (Middlebury, VT)

or online via Zoom

Newspapers on Wikipedia Simultaneous Edit-a-thons

Description

We will be researching and writing Wikipedia articles about historic (older than 30 years) local (VT or CA) newspapers. By adding Wikipedia pages about these newspapers, we will be helping people to find reliable information about the news sources they see on the web. This work is part of Middlebury’s Information Environmentalism initiative. No experience editing or writing for Wikipedia needed. We will teach you! Snacks provided.

Hosts

DLINQ Staff and Interns

Date

Friday, October 26, 2018

Time

Noon – 4:00 p.m. PT | 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET

Locations

Middlebury, Vermont Campus: Wilson Media Lab, Library

 

Monterey, California Campus: DLC Design Space, McGowan Building


Is a Video Enough? Considering Instructor Presence and Social Presence in Online Courses—Blog post by Sarah Lohnes Watulak

Written by Evelyn Helminen

Sarah Lohnes Watulak, director of DLINQ’s Digital Pedagogy and Media Group, published a blog entry in which she explores the question of instructor presence in online courses. In the post, she describes a conversation with MIIS faculty around “online/hybrid learning challenges and opportunities,” and the responses to the prompt to share words that come to mind when they think about online learning. According to Sarah, some of the comments “speak to the heart of what many people fear is missing from online learning: personality, a sense of intimacy, a feeling of community and trust.”

She goes on to talk about the importance of considering instructor presence when designing online learning spaces, and especially to re-consider the viability of hour-long instructor videos as the only or best option. She concludes with:

“The role of the teacher is, indeed, critical to successful online learning environments; but humanistic online learning design embeds instructor presence in ways that provide space for teachers and students to share their authentic selves within a community of learners.”

Read the entire blog post for a deeper dive into what instructor presence and social presence means in online courses.


Slideshow Top 10 Tips—Blog Post by Mark Basse

Written by Evelyn Helminen

Mark Basse Top Ten Slideshow Tips Blog PostMark Basse, DLINQ’s multimedia specialist, published a blog entry with his top 10 tips for how to make your presentation more engaging. The blog entry has a video with all 10 tips, including examples of what to do and what not to do, in terms of utilizing text, images, effects and more. The video is just over 17 minutes long, and is packed with great advice. See the post to watch the “Top Ten Slideshow Tips” video.


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.

Mute as Bottles—A DPL Reflection by Evelyn Helminen

Written by Evelyn Helminen

Evelyn Helminen blog post about Digital Pedagogy LabI am the Assistant Director for Digital Initiatives at DLINQ. I recently posted a blog called “Mute as Bottles,” which is a reflection from Digital Pedagogy Lab (DPL) this past summer, based on my experiences in the Writing About Teaching 4-day track. The blog post shares several of my take-aways from DPL, and is illustrated with images taken from my notebook.

In the post, I talked about why I chose the track, and how I learned more about the types of writing that teachers do. Not being a formal teacher myself, this was interesting and useful to learn. I also talked about a fascinating and thought-inducing article we read, called The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action by Audre Lorde. I recommend that everyone read it. A quote from the essay is also where I got the title for my blog post.

Finally, I wrote about a discussion we had in our track about the value of first drafts. Because of the honesty and rawness in a first draft, some people enjoy reading those more than the finished, polished piece of writing. That was news to me, as I didn’t think anyone liked a first draft!

You can read the full blog post here, as well as see examples from my 22 pages of hand-written notes.


Dig Deeper:

“Although September marks the beginning of fall, there are still a few fast growing vegetables that can be planted this month and be harvested before the first frost in most gardening zones.” Here are a few: Broccoli, Flower Bulbs, Garlic, Spinach.

Urban Farmer


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