Canvas Training Sessions

Canvas is officially live for the MIIS community! Faculty can now create Canvas resources for the fall 2016 term using the Course Hub.

This August we’ll be offering facilitated workshops to help you get started with Canvas. While there are several self-paced resources at your disposal, these workshops will give you a step-by-step tour of Canvas’ pedagogical features. Workshops will be based on the curriculum from this highly recommended Canvas Canvas training – – provided by the office of the Associate Provost for Digital Learning. These workshops are designed for you to follow along in your own Canvas space, so you’ll want to establish your course pages or request a Canvas sandbox prior to the sessions.

Part 1 (the first two sessions) will cover Canvas basics to get you started, while Part 2 (the later two sessions) will get into higher level functionality. We recommend working through the Canvas Canvas self-paced training prior to the later sessions so that we can address any questions you might have. We recommend that you attend both Part 1 and Part 2, available in person at the Design Sp@ace of the DLC OR virtually via Adobe Connect. See the workshop schedule below for details.

To attend the virtual Adobe Connect sessions:

  1. Go to in up-to-date Safari or Firefox. Chrome or IE will be problematic. If you’re using a mobile device, you can download the app. Update flash player if prompted.
  2. Login as a guest with your full name.
  3. Complete the audio set up wizard under the meeting tab to ensure that your speaker settings are optimized. Don’t worry about a microphone or webcam, you’ll be able to ask questions via the chatbox.
  4. These sessions will be recorded and shared as another self-paced resource.

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Part 1

11:00 AM-12:00 PM Thursday, August 4, OR DSp@ce
Thursday, August 5 Adobe Connect

Part 2

11:30 AM-12:30 PM Thursday, August 18, OR DSp@ce
Thursday, August 19 Adobe Connect

Place: These workshops will be held in the Design Sp@ce of the DLC. The Design Sp@ce is in McGowan, the room below the Learning Lab that opens onto Calle Principal.

What: This training session will help you get started in Canvas and provide a step-by-step tour of the platform’s pedagogical features.

We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about Canvas here.

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Dive into MiddCreate Workshop Series

Want to explore MiddCreate but don’t know where to start? What applications are right for your needs? What is your relationship with the web?

We’ll address these questions and more in this exploratory workshop series. Evelyn and Clarissa will provide an in-depth look into how to use six MiddCreate applications, from installation to brainstorming creative uses for each tool. Drop by and learn how to use them by yourself in your own domain. We’ll show examples of what can be done with the applications that will be featured so feel free to come with questions about how you might start using them in your own work or classroom.

Each day will consist of two 30 minute sessions that explore two different applications. This will be a chance to have a friendly discussion about the possibilities of MiddCreate and what you can gain from taking control of your online content. The more you understand, the better ambassador you’ll be, so we want to meet you where you are, and increase your knowledge about where you can go.

Ready to rethink how you use the web to enhance learning, teaching, and your digital identity? Check out the workshop schedule below.

July 26 July 27 July 28
12:00pm DokuWiki Collabtive Known
12:30pm Vtiger CRM LimeSurvey Omeka

Event Information

Place: This will be held in the Learning Lab of the DLC. The Learning Lab is in McGowan, the room with the big central table, the recording booths, and the dock of computers against the wall.

Date: Tuesday, July 26 – Thursday, 28, 2016

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

What: A workshop series focused on providing an in-depth look at six MiddCreate applications to enhance learning, teaching, and your digital identity.

We hope you’ll join us!

Learn more about MiddCreate at


Canvas is here

We are pleased to announce that as of July 1, Canvas is officially live for the MIIS community! Faculty can now create Canvas resources for the fall 2016 term using the Course Hub. Course Hub is the Institute’s gateway to integrated digital resources and support for students and faculty. Canvas sites created via the Course Hub will sync student enrollment just like it does for Moodle.

If you would like to request a Canvas site for non-teaching purposes (working group, committee, or other administrative purpose), complete this non Course Hub Canvas Site Request form which will be directed to DLC staff and the MIIS Help Desk. Expect 2-3 business days for requests to be completed.

Recommended Training Resources & Migration Process

Creating Canvas Resources, Course Pages & Requesting Content Rollovers

Self-paced Training Resources

A course in Canvas with a focus on teaching in the Canvas environment. Created by the Office for Digital Learning in partnership with the Digital Learning Commons and Academic Technology. Working through this Canvas course is highly recommended for all faculty planning to transition from Moodle. Facilitated training opportunities hosted by the DLC will be based on this resource. Also, check out this blogpost for tips on using Canvas as a critical, pedagogical tool.

Facilitated Training Opportunities To Begin in August

The DLC will offer facilitated workshops and virtual training opportunities in August based on the Canvas Canvas curriculum. Stay tuned, and be sure to check the weekly Institute e-newsletter for scheduling announcements.

Canvas Transition Process & Background

The blogpost is part of a series of updates the DLC Team has shared with the MIIS community on the status of the Canvas adoption. Please refer to our June blogpost for more context and timeline considerations.

Skill Print Workshop

Skill Print Workshop in Vermont!

Thursday, July 7, 10:00-11:30am, held at the Kirk Alumni Center

The Digital Learning Commons from Monterey is leading a workshop in Middlebury, Vermont on Thursday, July 7, in collaboration with the Office of Organizational Development.

Join us in exploring a unique tool for assessing the topography of your developed and emerging skills. During this interactive session, you will have an opportunity to make your own skill print, and discuss how stress points, replenishing factors, and growth patterns play a role in your skill landscape. Come learn more about yourself as you try out something new!

We will lead you through some self-discovery questions, then give you time to fill out and color in your personal map.

Plus, get to know your colleagues from the Middlebury Institute’s Digital Learning Commons!

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Tuesday, June 14, 12:00-1:00

MiddCreate Workshop + Brown Bag Lunch

What have you heard about MiddCreate? What do you think you know? What do you know you don’t know? What do you want to learn?

This brown bag lunch is going to touch on all of those topics. Evelyn and Clarissa will show several examples of what can be done with MiddCreate and how to do it yourself. You can come with questions of your own about how you might start using MiddCreate in your work or in your classroom.

This will be a chance to have a friendly discussion about the possibilities of MiddCreate, where no question is too ignorant. The more you understand, the better ambassador you’ll be, so we want to meet you where you are, and increase your knowledge about where you can go.

We don’t have all the answers, but we are excited to explore with you together!

Event Information

Place: This will be held in the Learning Lab of the DLC. The Learning Lab is in McGowan, the room with the big central table, the recording booths, and the dock of computers against the wall.

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time: 12:00-1:00

What: A brown bag lunch focused on using MiddCreate to enhance learning, experiment with digital tools for teaching, and manage your digital identity.

We hope you’ll join us!



Adoption of Canvas LMS Approved

The Academic Cyberinfrastructure Transformation Team (ACCT) recently received confirmation that the adoption of Canvas LMS was approved and budgeted for the upcoming fiscal year.

Canvas Transition Roadmap 

In the Meantime

While you won’t be able to create course pages in Canvas until July 1, you may request a sandbox space via the below form to start building and get familiarized with the platform. We encourage anyone who is interested to make use of this option – a number of self-paced training resources are provided below. DLC staff can assist you in migrating content from your sandbox to a course site come August – feel free to book a 1:1 or small group Canvas consultation with us.

Recommended Training Resources & Migration Process

Self-paced Resources

Facilitated Training Opportunities

The DLC and our colleagues in the Office of the Associate Provost for Digital Learning are creating additional resources to orient the Institute community to Canvas and provide support during the transition. The DLC is planning to offer workshops and virtual training opportunities beginning in August. Stay tuned, and be sure to check the weekly Institute e-newsletter for updates.

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Canvas Adoption Recommendation Background

For more information on the collaborative recommendation to adopt Canvas and the pilot that informed it, check out the this Canvas @Middlebury blogpost.


Tips for a Personal Website

Building your personal website can seem like the most daunting task in the process of building your web presence. But it doesn’t have to be! There are a number of sites and services, many of them free, that provide a framework and templates that let you quickly and painlessly build a personal site.

So, why build a personal website? For one, résumés are boring. No pictures, no videos, no flair, and very little personality. On a website, you can link to work samples and presentations (from your beautiful new Slideshare profile), you can easily link to your LinkedIn profile, and you can imbue the site with your personality. Moreover, it shows potential employers and connections that you are technically savvy, which is important in the 21st century economy.

In addition, résumés are static. As soon as you hand (or even email) someone your résumé, they forever have that version of it. However, if you include your personal site’s URL on your résumé or business card, your connections will have access to a dynamic, up-to-date (hopefully!) source of information.

Finally, a personal website is searchable. Remember, an important part of building web presence is controlling what results people find when they Google your name, and so your site provides a lot of relevant context that will be indexed with your name.

Convinced? You’d better be. Below, I’ve listed some tools to easily make your new personal website. Needless to say, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start.          sites-dot-miis-logo-c

As a MIIS student, you are able to create your own site on the domain. To set yours up and get started, go to, and click on “Create a Site” in the upper-right of the page. Once you’ve got your site registered, the content management system (or CMS) that you’ll use to build your site is WordPress, so I’ll direct you to that section for more information on using that platform.

***Note*** If you decide to use, know that your domain will expire six months after you graduate (or otherwise discontinue) from MIIS. At that point, you’d have the option of either moving your site to a new domain (which isn’t as complicated as it sounds) or letting your website disappear into virtual nothingness.

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Another option for MIIS students is to create your site at your own domain by using MiddCreate. MiddCreate allows you to create your own subdomain (for example: for free and install open source web tools on it, such as WordPress, Known, Omeka, Drupal, MediaWiki, etc. This gives you the flexibility to create as many sites as you want on whatever content management system you like, as well as have full creative control over its appearance. MiddCreate is hosted through Reclaim Hosting, a company that started out of the University of Mary Washington.

If you’ve already built a great website at SITES dot MIIS but want to customize it beyond the available options, you can migrate your site over to MiddCreate. You can learn more about the differences between SITES dot MIIS and MiddCreate at the Middlebury Office of Digital Learning’s blog.

***Note*** If you decide to use MiddCreate, you will lose access to your domain six months after you graduate (or otherwise discontinue) from MIIS. You then have the option to 1) pay Reclaim Hosting $45/year to keep everything, 2) download your entire site to store on your computer, or 3) move everything over to another hosting provider. Learn how to migrate your site in the MiddCreate Support Docs.

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WordPress is a great content management system that is as simple or sophisticated as you need it to be. It is also one of the most widely used website platforms on the MIIS campus and in the DLC, meaning that there are a lot of people who can offer a great deal of assistance with WordPress sites. To get started, you just signup, choose a theme (this does a lot of the design legwork for you) and fill it with your content.

WordPress sites created through are limited in the themes they can use, but you will have access to some plugins and can edit the PHP code behind your site to a degree.

Installing WordPress on your MiddCreate domain will give you full functionality (just like if you were to use This means you can upload and install any theme or plugin, edit the PHP code, and have access to your site’s files.

If you create your own account, your site will be hosted for free on and you won’t have to worry about purchasing a domain or losing access. However, this means that your site URL will by default include “” and you won’t be able to upload any custom themes, plugins, or modify the PHP code.           offers a simple, one-page personal website, that serves more as a landing page to redirect viewers to other pages, such as your LinkedIn profile. You could build this as a starter page while you’re working on a more comprehensive personal site, or you could use it in addition to your personal site in order to drive traffic and provide yet another relevant Google search result.

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Wix is another popular content management system, and it has a free version. Like WordPress, Wix offers myriad pre-made templates that you can use and fill with your personalized content. If you want to get more adventurous and customize your size further, the themes do offer some flexibility. One great feature that Wix offers is being able to control how your site is viewed on different devices; you can optimize your site for mobile devices vs. desktops. A downside to using the free version is that your site will have a small advertisement.


Weebly is similar to Wix; you choose from pre-made themes and fill them with your content. Weebly is advertised as more e-commerce friendly, and the interface is more beginner-friendly. Weebly also offers a mobile app that allows you to edit your site. The site offers free options, but many of the more advanced features require a subscription.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources that provide strategies for building a website. Enjoy!


Envsioning Middlebury Post-lecture Community Conversation with Dr. Gardner Campbell

SIGN-UPS for this event may be FULL. If  you do not see an open sign-up below and you would like to attend, please add your name to the EVENT WAITLIST and we will see what we can do to accommodate.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Approximately 1:45pm (immediately following scheduled 12:15pm lecture and Q&A in V499)
Digital Learning Commons Design Space
001 McGowan Building | 420 Calle Principal

Following the lecture, Institute faculty and staff are invited to continue the conversation with a discussion hosted by the DLC to consider the implications of Gardner Campbell’s vision for the future of digital pedagogy and learning at the Institute. A light lunch will be served.

Seating is limited, please sign up below to participate:

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Intercultural Digital Storytelling Showcase May 4, 6-8pm

The art of story has been around for centuries because it’s a fundamental way we make meaning as humans. It’s the way we reflect, share, and learn both individually and collectively. Digital tools have made this process easier and more accessible, adding dimensions to the storytelling process and avenues through which to share locally and globally.

The six #IDSP16 Fellows invite you to share in their experiences around the world through a screening of their digital stories in a community showcase on May 4th, 2016 from 6-8pm at the DLC Design Space. This interactive evening will offer a glimpse into storytelling and the fellowship process where reflection, immersion, inductive research, peer mentorship and digital media merge into story. Come celebrate with us, experience some amazing stories, and interact with your peers. Light snacks will be served.

The1 Intrcultural Digital Storytelling Project, also known as #IDSP, was designed for students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) involved in immersive learning activities affiliated with their academic experiences. The IDSP Fellowship experience was designed to around 5 key competencies: immersive learning, inductive research, peer mentorship, reflection, and digital media.  The year-long timeline supports fellows in by guiding them through the development of these skills.


Tips for Slideshare

Slideshare is a visual platform that allows you to upload files and presentations. Once uploaded to your Slideshare profile, you can share these files on your LinkedIn profile, your blog or personal website, or anywhere else you see fit. The site is owned by LinkedIn and so it syncs particularly well with that service. Below are some tips for making the most of your Slideshare profile.

  • Start with what you have. Look through the presentations, papers, and reports that you’ve already written, whether for academic or professional purposes. Filter through these and find the ones your proud of, and decide which ones will be relevant to your professional identity. Polish them as needed (for instance, remove the typical academic heading with your name, your professor’s name, and the due date) and upload them to your Slideshare account. These presentations are now searchable with your name, and can be easily shared on other web platforms.
  • As you make new content, remember that Slideshare is a visual platform. So, stay away from text heavy presentations. Create content with your Slideshare audience in mind, making the content clear, interesting, and concise for a viewer clicking through slides. Also, make sure to have an interesting cover slide that will draw people in.
  • On each file you upload, make sure it ends with a way to contact you. Even better, add a “call to action.”

Finally, as is the case with all the platforms I’ve recommended, remember to be consistent. Whether it’s once a week, once a month, or bi-monthly, determine how often you’re going to create content, and stick to it. This will help drive your profile up in search results, and will ensure that your profile consistently has the latest and most up-to-date content.