This Week in DLINQ: April 21-27, 2018

Amy Slay reflects on the role of Instructional Design after OLC Innovate

Last week, Amy Slay, DLINQ Instructional Designer, and Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury, attended the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

“As an instructional designer at Middlebury, I’m a pedagogical consultant,” says Amy Slay. “I partner with faculty to design different digital learning experiences.” The role of instructional designer can mean different things in different settings; some may have more of an IT focus or be part of an academic unit, and others may focus on quality control to ensure online content fits the standards and requirements of the school. Even within the industry, the definition of the instructional designer role is very broad.

At OLC Innovate, Amy attended some round tables on the role and identity of instructional designers and collaboration between instructional designers and faculty. Faculty attending the session also shared their perspective on what it’s like to work with an instructional designer. “Getting buy in from collaborators can be a challenge for instructional designers, so it was interesting and valuable to hear faculty express their desire for greater agency in design collaborations,” Amy remarked.

On a similar note, Amy also attended the session “Is online teaching and learning relevant for small residential liberal arts colleges?” presented by Janet Russell, Andrew Wilson, and Dann Hurlbert of Carleton College. Middlebury College certainly falls into the category of “small liberal arts college,” so this topic is highly relevant to DLINQ. Our organization also works with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, but the unique contexts of Institute and the College intersect with digital learning in different ways. The presenters discussed the point of view of faculty and administrators from liberal arts schools who want to incorporate digital pedagogy into the curriculum. Some schools, rooted in traditional culture, cite traditional classroom education as a predictor of student success, but is it a disservice not to prepare students for distance collaboration? If so, how do you introduce it?

Stay tuned for more from Amy Slay on the OLC Innovate conference!

Amy Collier Presents at OLC Innovate

Amy Collier and Adam Croom (University of Oklahoma) presented the session “Annotating Terms of Service to Engage Critical Lenses on Teaching and Learning Platforms.” In the session, Amy and Adam examined the institutional perspective of adopting a new platform; protecting student data and privacy is rarely a top concern in the selection process, compared with cost, institutional risk, and other factors. They dissected terms of service agreements to see exactly what we agree to when we click that little box or use a digital platform. For example, when you create a graphic using an online tool like Canva, who owns the design – you or Canva? The vague terms of service don’t make it clear. By taking a critical look at different terms of services, they hope to shift this perspective.

The idea for this session grew out of Amy Collier’s article “Digital Sanctuary: Protection and Refuge on the Web?” published last year in Educause Review.

Adam Croom recently shared his reflections on the OLC Innovate conference and this session on his website. If you follow Amy Collier on Twitter, you may have garnered that the conference took an extreme approach to collecting attendees’ data; expect to hear more on this soon.

New DLINQ Resource: What happens to my Middlebury digital presence when I graduate?

Graduating students at MIIS and Middlebury may be wondering – how long will I have access to my school email? Will I lose my MiddCreate site? And what about my Amazon Prime student discount? We answer all these questions and more in our new guide, What to do with your Middlebury accounts when you graduate. We cover Outlook, Google Drive, OneDrive, sites.miis.edu and sites.middlebury.edu, middcreate.net, lynda.com access, and yes, the student rate for Amazon Prime.

Coming soon, a new resource all about keeping your website after you graduate. Until then, you can read about migrating your website from Sites Dot to MiddCreate and your options for keeping your MiddCreate site after graduation.


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