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This Week in DLINQ: Apr 9-13, 2018

Podcast: Black History is American History

Interest in podcasting continues to grow, and on the Monterey campus, Mark Basse and DLINQ graduate assistant Seo-Young Jun have been doing a tremendous job helping student groups and faculty get their podcasts off the ground.

One-person podcasts are easy enough to do on your own, as long as you have a good microphone and a quiet environment, but podcasts with multiple people are exponentially trickier. Mark was instrumental in the set-up and audio editing of a recent podcast for MIIS Radio, which is run by the Middlebury Institute Student Council. It consisted of a 7-person discussion on the topic of Black History. He recorded 4 discreet tracks in Adobe Audition live using Focusrite and Lexicon hardware.

Seo-Young recorded the 75-minute conversation and created a podcast promo video:

MIIS Radio EP2 Preview: Black History is American History from Seo-Young Jun on Vimeo.

You can listen to the final podcast below:

Amara – a Free Web-based Tool for Captioning and Subtitling Videos

Contribution from Joe Antonioli

New capabilities with video arrive frequently. Youtube, MovieMakerCanvas Media Recorder, and Panopto allow a combination of online video creation, editing, distribution, viewing, commenting, and/or integration between video and slide decks. One of the goals of DLINQ is to help faculty think about how some of these services can enhance student learning. One such recent experience was with College professor Karin Hanta who is teaching LNGT 0305A: Holocaust/Exile in Translation this spring. She worked in collaboration with Joe Antonioli, Senior Curricular Innovation Strategist with the Exploratory Initiatives and Partnerships team, to give her students hands-on experience using subtitles for translations using a free online tool—since desktop solutions are cost-prohibitive, especially for a single assignment.

Colleagues at the Institute introduced them to Amara, a free web-based captioning and subtitling tool that has support for an impressive number of languages. Karin and Joe offered a 15-minute introduction of the tool to the class, and students took off with it. They were able to produce a video with subtitles very quickly. There were two tricky pieces. The first was hosting the video, which they were able to do using Panopto supported by Middlebury. The second was that Amara required them to check every subtitle before publishing, which was tedious but a very good practice. Learn more about Amara here »

Virtual Reality as a Teaching Tool

With virtual reality equipment on the Middlebury, VT and Monterey, CA campuses, it’s interesting to explore the possibilities for incorporating it into teaching and learning. DLINQ graduate assistant in Monterey, Desmond Iriaye, has been exploring ways to do exactly that, in collaboration with Bob Cole and Dr. Shalini S Gopalkrishnan, a Visiting Professor for the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) at the Institute. Desmond has started creating a small prototype and testing it, so he can share his findings with faculty who are interested in adding another layer of interactivity and innovation to their classrooms.

Desmond is using InstaVR in order to test a new process for onboarding graduate assistants into the Monterey Digital Learning Commons (DLC). He has taken several 360° images of the DLC spaces and technology, and recorded audio instructions of what each is for and what the new employee needs to know in order to help others use the DLC resources. When you view the image inside the app on your phone, you can move the phone around and it’s as though you are seeing the actual room, even if you’re not in the space. There are hot spots in the image as visual cues, indicating there’s an audio teaching component to listen to. The ways you can utilize this idea in a classroom are endless. Let us know your ideas!

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