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#IDSP17 Dr. Netta Avineri & Bob Cole “The Imaginative Leap – Intercultural Digital Storytelling & Empathy” | Oct 27 | 12:15-1:45pm

The Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project #IDSP is excited to be hosting a series of community-initiated conversations this Fall term. #IDSP was launched two years ago in 2014 as an experiment in digital storytelling by TESOL-TFL Assistant Professor and Chair of the Intercultural Competence Committee, Dr. Netta Avineri, and DLC director, Bob Cole.

We invite Institute community members to participate in one or more of the #nestedstories events – participation in all of them is not required. Each session is independent, but all are connected to the others through the IDSP pillars: immersive learning, inductive research, peer mentorship, reflection, & digital media. If you missed the first session on September 27th, here’s a reflection on “Building Community Partnerships One Story at a Time,” by DLC graduate assistant, Lucy Jobe.

#IDSP17 Happening #2
“The Imaginative Leap – Intercultural Digital Storytelling & Empathy”
Thursday, October 27, 2016
12:15 – 1:45pm
DLC Design Space, McGowan 001 / 420 Calle Principal

During this interactive session we will explore storytelling as a technology for developing empathy and insight. Through a variety of storytelling exercises that can be used or adapted in a variety of contexts, participants will consider a number of underlying concepts, questions, and critical dispositions that have surfaced through the project while looking back at stories generated by the first cohorts of IDSP fellows.

Learn more about #IDSP17 and get involved:  http://go.miis.edu/nestedstories


Teaching with Canvas: November Workshop Series

Get trained up on Canvas LMS for Spring ’17!

Middlebury’s transition from Moodle to Canvas is nearly complete. This fall we had a fantastic cohort of instructors successfully migrate to Canvas. We are happy to report that, thus far, over 50% of Institute instructors have provisioned a Canvas course through Course Hub.  Next semester, faculty will no longer be able to create Moodle pages. To make this transition as smooth as possible for you, we invite you to attend our two-part workshop series on Teaching with Canvas. Workshops will be offered on-ground in the DLC as well as virtually.

While there are several self-paced resources at your disposal, including recordings of the last workshop series, these sessions 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 – go.miis.edu/canvascanvas – 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 beforehand.

If you would like to request a Canvas site for non-teaching purposes (working group, committee, or other administrative purpose), click here to submit your request to the MIIS Help Desk. Expect 2-3 business days for requests to be completed.

Schedule & Sign Up


Date & Time


Part 1 Wednesday,  November 9,  10:10-11:10 AM On-ground: D Sp@ce, Digital Learning Commons (MG001)
Part 1 Thursday,  November 10,  2:20-3:20 PM Online: go.miis.edu/dlcworkshop
Part 2 Wednesday,  November 16,  10:10-11:10 AM On-ground: D Sp@ce, Digital Learning Commons (MG001)
Part 2 Friday, November 18, 2:20-3:20 PM Online: go.miis.edu/dlcworkshop



Part 1: Intro to Teaching with Canvas

This workshop covered Canvas fundamentals to get you started:

  • Global settings and user interface
  • Course details, settings and navigation
  • Homepage optimization

Part 2: Teaching with Canvas – Next Steps

  • Groups & Sections
  • Collaborations
  • Chat 
  • Quizzes
  • Outcomes + Rubrics
  • Speedgrader and feedback
  • Weighted graded categories and grading schemes
  • Integrations 

To attend the virtual sessions:

  1. Go to go.miis.edu/dlcworkshop in up-to-date Safari or Firefox. Chrome or IE will be problematic. Update flash player if prompted. If you’re using a mobile device, you can download the app.
  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 are recorded and shared.

Workshop Resources


Introduction to Zoom Web Conferencing Platform | Mon., Oct 31 | 10:15-11:00am

As students, faculty, and staff, distance communication and collaboration play a big role in the work we do at Middlebury for students, faculty, and staff. A collaborative project is underway to evaluate alternative platforms to our current web conferencing platform: Adobe Connect. We’re hosting an information session about Zoom, a popular web conferencing platform that is being considered for adoption.

  • Face-to-Face on the DLC D Sp@ce (MG001) or 
  • Join us remotely in our Zoom Virtual Meeting Room from from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://middpilot.zoom.us/j/266690120 (you will be prompted to download the Zoom desktop client – best experience with a webcam, microphone, and headphones or earbuds)
  • When: Monday, October 31, 10:15-11:00

Come learn about Zoom, how you can use it this semester as part of a short pilot period, and how your feedback will inform the future of web conferencing at Middlebury! Stay informed about project activities (via Google Form) like vendor demos and updates from the evaluation or recommendation process, and let us know if you have any follow-up questions. You can reach us at dlc@miis.edu.


“What’s Liberal Arts got to do with it…?”

An Envisioning Middlebury Conversation

In the final lecture of our Envisioning Middlebury series, JACQUELINE ROYSTER, dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology and professor of English in the School of Literature, Media, and Communications, will speak about the continuing necessity of the liberal arts and how they need to evolve to keep pace during these extremely fluid times.

As a professional graduate school we need to articulate what the liberal arts mean in our context, and consider how we connect with our College partners to build on and amplify the liberal arts experience that defines our undergraduate college, and that many (but not all) of our graduate students and faculty bring to MIIS.

In his article “Is the Future of Liberal Arts Programs “K-Shaped?” THOMAS CAREY talks about complementing the knowledge and skills acquired through a liberal arts education with components – such as innovation capability, or knowledge building capability — that make up “epistemic fluency in workplace knowledge practices.” This “K-shaped” model of education aligns very closely with pedagogical thinking at MIIS, as reflected in the Deans’ Seminar discussions last year. How can we contribute more “K” to the Middlebury ecosystem? This question will be the focus of a post-lecture breakfast conversation at the DLC.

We hope you will join us for both!

Two Events, a Lecture and a Breakfast Conversation:

1. Details for the Lecture

What: Jacqueline Royster,Bold Futures:  Integrative Liberal Arts as Leverage for Evolutionary Change”

Where: The lecture will be streamed live from Middlebury and can be viewed with a group in Irvine Auditorium, or wherever it is convenient for you to connect to the stream.

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:00 PM

2. Details for the Breakfast Conversation (Please RSVP)

What: A breakfast conversation, inspired by Thomas Carey’s article and Jacqueline Royster’s lecture, about the implications of both for the evolving relationship between the Institute and the College.

When: Wednesday, October 26, 9:00 am

Where: The Design Sp@ce,DLC, MG001.

RSVP Below. Burritos are limited.

Sign up

Sign up at this link for the breakfast conversation. No sign-up is required for the lecture.

Sign up

Sign up at this link for the breakfast conversation. No sign-up is required for the lecture.


SELF Appeal | Oct 18th | 12-2pm


Tuesday, October 18th , 2016
Design Space (Below the DLC Learning lab)

How do you communicate?

When do you share your voice?

 How do you take up space??

SELF Appeal is an interactive discussion series focusing on varying aspects of Self, specifically how we mindfully navigate through virtual and physical spaces. These monthly happenings are inspired by Creative Mornings . This Tuesday we have the 2nd of this 4 part series hosted by Alie Jones (DLC Graduate assistant). The theme for this interactive discussion is SELF Expression. This week we will be exploring expression through play with our guests Galen Anderson and April Danyluk .






Creating Course Sites in MiddCreate

Interested in creating a course site or assignment using MiddCreate? Not sure which application fits your needs? Look no further! This guide will provide resources to help you think through how a domain can best serve you and your students.

A “Domain of One’s Own” asks us to consider the infrastructure. It asks us to understand the Web and our place on it. It asks to us to pay attention to the content we create — as teachers and as students — and to weigh where it best resides — who has access to it, and for how long.

Audrey Watters

Technology is all about removing limitations and building connections. The MiddCreate application you select for your course site or project should connect your students with new, useful content and experiences. Having specific goals is the key to maximizing a digital tool’s value. It’s also important to determine how the new tool will figure into your existing tool inventory and pedagogy. Do you intend it to replace something or is it just an addition? Thinking about these questions will help inform your course objectives, determine how to proceed with initial set up and how much time the configuration will take.

Design Your Project

It’s a good idea to focus on what the technology can do uniquely well (such as enabling multiple modes of participation) when thinking about how it will integrate with your course. MiddCreate applications like WordPress, Known, Dokuwiki, and Omeka can be used to help your students collaborate and build a sense of community among the class. There are many models by which you can achieve this. For example, by establishing a communal space where everyone can create content, or by syndicating content students create individually to a community space.

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You might also consider the site’s intended users and audience: who will be utilizing the site and how will they interact with it? Will this change over time? An example of this would be having students collaborate to draft information into a wiki resource site, then opening it up for public contributions once the initial entries are completed. In order to make this run smoothly, an instructor would need to understand not only how to create and edit pages within the wiki application, but also have a plan for how to configure changes in privacy and multiple user access settings at each stage of the project.

Every application has unique aspects that will require careful thought and intentional planning to ensure that your project fulfills its purpose and provides a rewarding, enjoyable learning experience for everyone involved.

Identify Appropriate Challenges

Before you decide which MiddCreate tool to use, properly consider its drawbacks. These could include limitations that arise due to its features, or the extra time and effort needed to create, maintain, and grade digital assignments. You and your students are busy, so you’ll want to consider how long it will take to get your site ready. Will the application require extensive configuration to make it do what you want it to, or will it be usable soon after installation? Consider this carefully when planning your course, learning objectives, and the timing of assignments you expect students to complete.

You should also take into account how comfortable you and your students are with technology. Think about the tools they have used previously and how those compare to your potential selection. Even if students lack experience with this kind of digital tool, it could still be a valuable learning opportunity, but be aware that using it may require planning in extra time to accommodate the learning curve.

No doubt you want to give students the freedom to explore their own ideas and interests. However, leaving things too open can be intimidating and cause students to feel lost. The best way to increase students’ comfort level with new, experimental methods of learning is by including clear structure. Provide detailed requirements and frameworks for those who need them, but encourage students to take off in their own direction when appropriate. Remember that digital tools can give students the chance to take risks with the material they are learning, providing instructors insight into their students’ unexpected capabilities.

Plan for the Future

After students complete assignments, it might be nice to ask if you can feature the best work for all to admire. It’s also a good idea to archive the semester’s best examples for future classes. When students are struggling to find inspiration or understand what the project should look like, it often helps to give them a look at some of the best work from previous semesters.

Another thing to consider is whether you’ll be using the same course site again in future semesters, or would like to archive and duplicate it each time. Think about how much of your content you can create as separate assets that can be easily migrated if and when you decide to move on.

Evaluate the App

Think you’ve found the right digital tool for your site? Go though the questions in this handy, comprehensive guide to choosing digital tools for course sites. This resource offers queries to develop and improve the digital pedagogy of your classes, focusing on the unique complexities and responsibilities that incorporating MiddCreate’s web tools into a curriculum may present.

Additional Resources

Learn more about MiddCreate »

If you’d like help getting started in MiddCreate, feel free to drop by the DLC Learning Lab or make an appointment with a DLC staff member.


MiddCreate Conversations: “Attending to the Digital / Reclaiming the Web” | Oct 21

You are not an object that online companies get to play with. You don’t have to submit yourself to data mining by large corporations. You can control and reclaim your online content.

Join us for a live presentation by Audrey Watters, education writer and rabble rouser at Hack Education, entitled “Attending to the Digital / Reclaiming the Web”. This is connected to the launch of MiddCreate, Middlebury’s initiative to offer a “domain of one’s own” to everyone in the Middlebury community.

Audrey will be talking about what happens to your content, intellectual property, and online data when you’re not paying attention; why it’s important to take control, or reclaim, your portion of the web under your own domain; and how you can present your identity with integrity and thoughtfulness through having a domain of your own.

Stay with us after the talk for a hands-on workshop in Monterey led by Audrey called, “A Domain is not a Website.” In this workshop, we will look at our personal online data trails and raise questions about how to take back control over what we (sometimes inadvertently) share online. The workshop will include lunch at Monterey.

Two Events, a Talk and a Workshop (+ Lunch!):

1. Details for the Talk

Place: The talk will be held in Van Buren 499 on the Middlebury Institute campus in Monterey, and streamed online at middcreate.net. On the Vermont campus, there will be a watching party in Lib 105A.

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Time: Starts at 10:30 AM  PT

What: A viewing and discussion of Audrey Watters’ presentation. The talk will focus on how and why it’s important to reclaim the web.

2. Details for the Workshop + Lunch (Please RSVP)

Place: The workshop will be held in the Design Sp@ce of the DLC, MG001.

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM  – 2:00 PM PT

What: A hands-on workshop led by Audrey Watters focused on how you can utilize your domain on MiddCreate to control and reclaim your online content. Includes lunch. Bring a computer so you can fully participate.

RSVP Below

Current Sign-up Sheets

No sheets currently available at this time.

We hope you’ll join us!

Want to know more about Domain of One’s Own? Check out these recent articles:

SELF Appeal: Self Care recap & resources





Yesterday afternoon in the DLC D-Space a few students from IPD, MPA, TEFL, and IEM came together to discuss Self care.  Specifically we focused on how self care is SELF DEFINED. We decide what we do to relax, we decide what we do and don’t make time for, and we know our mental state better than anyone else. The group came to the consensus that self care is self awareness, self preservation, and SO SO necessary.

The relationship between self care and technology is interesting. The way we are able to connect and disconnect is astonishing. We discussed how we interact with our devices. A hot topic was to watch or not to watch the police brutality videos going viral and the effect of those videos.

Do you unplug? When was the last time you turned your phone off?

As graduate students we are constantly moving from one meeting to the next, forgetting to eat lunch, and stressing about the paper that’s due tomorrow. Take time to love and care for yourself. Think about the way you create time for other things and people in your life. Make more time for yourself. Put your oxygen mask on first. You can’t do anything for anyone else if you aren’t at 100%. As we all learned in the Office “Treat yo self”   . Take breaks, drink water, stretch, close your laptop, take a walk, and breathe IN and OUT.




Maria guided the group through mediation, breathing techniques, and great stretches for early mornings or in-between classes. Be sure to try these out by yourself or with a friend!

Contact info:

Maria Prichard, mariaalanayoga@gmail.com or mprichard@miis.edu

Link to the document 




Excel Learning Series – Fall 2016

Are you looking to improve your Excel skills? Does the phrase Microsoft Excel make you nervous? Fear not friends, META LAB and the DLC are collaborating once again to provide a series of Excel workshops to support the MIIS community. The sessions will take place in CF442, Pac Lab from 12 – 1:30 PM. All you need to bring is yourself! Your facilitator will be META Lab GA and Data Analysis Teaching Assistant: Flynn Pollard. When used properly, Microsoft Excel can be an extremely powerful tool to display, organize, and analyze large data sets. The series will contain hidden tips and tricks in addition to exercises that will make you an Excel champion in no time. Questions? Reach out to Flynn at fpollard@miis.edu.

Please note that seating in the Pac Lab is limited – the computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own laptops!


  • Session 1: Friday, October 14, 12 – 1:30
  • Session 2: Friday, October 28, 12 – 1:30
  • Session 3: Friday, November 18, 12 – 1:30

Sign Up

excel-signup-buttonTo get access to the learning series materials and receive information on future sessions, click the sign up button!


Session 1: Intro to Excel

  • Basics
    • Cursor, cells, formula bar, tabs, worksheets, templates, fonts, copy and paste, wrapping text, and the minitoolbar
  • Entering data
    • Autofill, undo/redo, comments
  • Formulas
    • Writing basic formulas, copying formulas, stabilizing formulas
  • Application
    • Grade sheets, budgets

Session 2: Making and Using Tables

  • Table creation
  • Basic data cleaning
  • Find & Select
  • Freezing panes
  • Application
    • Cleaning a table

Session 3: Charts and Other Basic Visualization Tools

  • How to create charts
    • Bar, column, line, pie, lines, stacked columns, sparklines
  • Editing charts
  • Application
    • Making visualizations for budgets, grade sheets, and indexes


Lynda LogoLynda.com is an incredible online resource offering guided video tutorials and step by step instructions for all sorts of digital tools. As a member of the Middlebury community you have premium access. Here’s how it works:

  • Visit go.miis.edu/lynda
  • Input your MIIS login credentials
  • Search “Excel Essential Learning”

SELF Appeal | Sept 27 | 12-2pm

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Design Space (Below the DLC Learning lab)

SELF Appeal is an interactive discussion series concentrating on varying aspects of Self specifically how we mindfully navigate through digital and physical spaces. These monthly happenings hosted by Alie Jones (DLC Graduate assistant) are inspired by talks done by Creative Mornings .

The theme for the first talk is SELF Care.  Maria Prichard from the MIIS Yoga Club  will be sharing useful breathing exercises and yoga based stretching techniques. Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone, explore self care practices, and engage in a meaningful discussion. Here is an Op ED piece written by Alie Jones on the importance of self care. We live in a time with so many platforms that allow us to share and receive information. We will talk about how these mediums can be used for social change, community building, or healing.