People and Teams
DLINQ is headed by Dr. Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning, and sub-divided into three teams:
- Digital Pedagogy and Media
- Exploratory Initiatives and Partnerships
- Technology and Learning Spaces
We also have student workers (Monterey Graduate Assistants, Middlebury Digital Media Tutors and Interns) and partners helping us make this transition.
Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry
Associate Provost for Digital Learning
Amy Collier, as the head of the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ), provides strategic vision and leadership to position Middlebury as a leading innovator in creating and sustaining a global learning community through the effective use of digital pedagogies and technologies. Working closely with the provost, other associate provosts, and the deans/VPAAs who oversee Middlebury programs, Amy identifies and pursues opportunities for Middlebury to create online and hybrid/blended courses and programs that meet the highest standards of academic integrity and pedagogical innovation; enable Middlebury to leverage its intellectual and pedagogical resources, within and across locations of the institution; connect diverse Middlebury programs with each other; and enrich the experience of current and potential Middlebury learners, from undergraduates and graduate students earning Middlebury degrees to a global community of alumni and professionals.
Digital Pedagogy and Media
This group partners with faculty, staff, and students to build critical learning spaces in both digital and hybrid environments, to research and offer guidance for digital fluency, literacies, and identity, and critical instructional design, and to initiate conversations and projects that forward the transformative potential of education. This group provides on-ground and online faculty development, opportunities for students to work together with designers, faculty, and staff on digital projects, and intra- and inter-institutional collaborations that aim to support participation in diverse communities and cross geographical and cultural borders. Team members include design and pedagogy consultants / Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR) consultants (Heather, Amy S., Sonja, Shel); digital media producer (Mark), and an arts technology specialist (Daniel).
Exploratory Initiatives and Partnerships
This group is the Research and Development (R&D) wing of the organization, playfully and yet critically exploring new digital tools, spaces, and practices and pursuing initiatives that take those explorations to new places. They develop new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships (with both internal and external partners) in support of initiatives and to bring more faculty and students into contact with this organization. They surface and support opportunities for collaboration across the institution and help to address barriers our communities face when trying to explore new initiatives. They also manage our physical lab spaces for exploration and play (Digital Learning Commons (DLC), Wilson Lab) and programming within those spaces. Team members include two innovation specialists (Joe, Evelyn).
Technology and Learning Spaces
This group leads the design and successful deployment of learning spaces and infrastructures (e.g., tools, systems, etc.) for teaching and research, based on a foundation of pedagogical research and practice. They are responsible for envisioning new or better ways to support strategic initiatives through learning spaces and through the effective deployment of digital/technological infrastructures. In addition, they work with digital scholarship organizations to ensure that the research/digital scholarship infrastructure is robust, nimble, equitably distributed, well communicated, and well supported as new faculty scholarship emerges. This group is led by a director, who partners closely with Information Technology Services (ITS), academic programs, research organizations (e.g., Digital Liberal Arts (DLA), Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab), the Libraries (and MiddLab), Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), and other groups within this organization, to ensure that the learning infrastructures and spaces—and the support available for them—is robust.
DLINQ interns are Middlebury students who are employed by the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry. They divide their time into three areas of work:
- Lab support for Wilson Media Lab (Middlebury) and Digital Learning Commons (Monterey)
- In-person and online consultations with other students, faculty, and staff
- DLINQ project work
Other partners and collaborators include:
- Information Technology Services (ITS): College / Schools / Bread Loaf, Institute
- Digital Liberal Arts (DLA)
- Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab
- The Libraries and Library initiatives: College Library, Institute Library, MiddLab
- Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR)