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Diary of a Summer Graduate Assistant

Hi, my name is Clarissa Stewart and I’m a graduate assistant at the Digital Learning Commons! This summer I had the privilege of working here full-time, assigned primarily to the MiddCreate project under Amy Collier, the Associate Provost for Digital Learning from Middlebury College, and Evelyn Helminen, Assistant Director for Digital Initiatives at MIIS. MiddCreate […]

Back to the main land!

After eleven weeks in Hawaii I am back East, trying to keep cool and reflecting on an amazing summer. I feel so fortunate to have worked alongside people who are so passionate about the ocean and so determined to incite positive change. In wrapping up and finalizing my economic justification I spent my last week […]

Summers are for…travel.

With an entire summer dedicated to researching one of the coldest places on earth, I often found myself wishing for a little more summer and a little less of Monterey’s fog. I love the idea of sweater weather as much as the next hippie environmental policy grad student, but occasionally a body needs some sun. […]

Until Next Time, Denmark

Now that I am at the tail end of this summer fellowship I can hardly believe that all the fun and fruitful experiences I’ve had here in Denmark are almost already behind me. When I return home and my friends ask me, “How was Denmark?” I really have no idea where to begin, but I’ll […]

Expanding MiddCreate with Open Source Apps

MiddCreate provides around 150 applications that can be installed and used on your domain, but what if none of them are quite what you’re looking for? Worry not! One of the great things about having your own domain is the power to manage your own files. This means you can endlessly expand the utility of your domain […]

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Summer Through the Lens of Students

Providing a lens into rewarding summer experiences, six students shared images from their adventures gaining valuable professional experience in Thailand, Costa Rica, Minnesota, China, South Korea and Brazil by taking over the Middlebury Institute’s Instagram feed.

How to Be Secure on the Web

This September, MiddCreate will officially launch for the Middlebury community! It provides spaces on the web that allow students, faculty, and staff to create and develop their digital identity using open source online applications. As we explore this new set of tools, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of having your own domain and forget the risks that […]

Dive into MiddCreate Applications Recap

In July, the Digital Learning Commons held a series of exploratory workshops lead by Evelyn and Clarissa that provided an in-depth look into how to use six MiddCreate applications. MiddCreate provides domains to members of the Middlebury community where they can explore and connect their learning, experiment with digital tools for teaching and collaboration, and create a digital […]

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Lessons from Patagonia’s Culture of Sharing

For Middlebury Institute student Tom Stagg MPA ’16, one small aspect of living and working in Patagonia in southern Chile ultimately loomed large: sharing a warm cup of yerba mate with his colleagues.

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