This Week in DLINQ: Feb 26 – Mar 2, 2018

This Week at DLINQ

Daniel Houghton Animation Wins Award

The Popular Culture Association (PCA) has recognized a website created in the Digital Liberal Arts Animation Studio at Middlebury with its Electronic Reference Site Award. The website, The Collinwood Fire, 1908, is an interactive exploration of a tragic school house fire in Cleveland in 1908. It was created in collaboration by Professor Michael Newbury, Animation Studio Producer Daniel Houghton, and a team of Middlebury students. The landing page sets the tone by fading through shots of the fire, newspaper headlines, and the town. The website “has the scope of a scholarly book but is, instead, a formally complex, multi-media, digital story.” It examines the railroad town of Collinwood and the tragedy in minute detail: the local businesses, the teachers of the school, the stories of the victims. The website also includes a section of classroom activities for teachers. View the final product here.

Amy Collier to speak at Open SUNY Summit

On Thursday, March 1, Amy Collier will be presenting on “Critical Digital Fluency: Agency and Activism in Today’s Polluted Digital World” at the Open SUNY Summit 2018. Her talk will discuss what online educators can do to meet the challenges of digital learning in a time when misinformation and hate spread like wildfire on the web. She will highlight how digital literacy in education can move us towards action and “propose steps we can take to make positive change in our digital information environments.”

Audio Editing and Mixing Workshop at MIIS

MIIS Digital Learning Commons Graduate Assistant Kyle Burnett (M.A., International Environmental Policy, French) recently convened an audio editing, mixing, and mixtape workshop as the first in a series on podcasting and audio tools. Kyle has Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and is a musician. He is organizing a campus-wide “mixtape” (aka playlist) exchange each month at the Institute; the group has grown to over 100 participants sharing their favorite music. According to Kyle, the audio editing workshop was conceived “in concert” with the new Mixtape Exchange group, which offers a space for the cross-cultural exploration of music.

The workshop focused on Audacity, a free open source audio tool available in the MIIS Digital Learning Commons recording booths. Kyle taught the attendees how to create multiple tracks in Audacity, explaining the properties of different audio file types and how to manipulate them. In his demonstration, a jazz version of California Dreaming (George Benson) transitions seamlessly into a cover of La Vie En Rose (Homenaje), and back to Benson at the end. He also shared some Creative Commons websites for free sound effects and music files to use in podcasting. One of his goals is to show people how easy it is to make a podcast. In future workshops, inspired by an audio storytelling workshop with Sue Halpern, Middlebury College scholar in residence and narrative journalism fellowship coordinator, he plans to demonstrate how to piece together interview content. The next workshop will be held Friday, March 23 at 12 pm at the Institute.

Kyle is also spearheading an initiative for podcasts at the Middlebury Schools in collaboration with DLINQ staff member Joe Antonioli in Vermont. Stay tuned (pun intended) as their project develops!

Featured image by Bud Helisson on Unsplash

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