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Get Your Professional Headshot

Need a photo for LinkedIn, your e-portfolio or other professional uses?  Here’s your chance to get one!

Why do I need one?  “First impressions have always mattered, and in the past it was all about the handshake.  Now that we’ve entered the world of LinkedIn, virtual business, and online personal branding, a well-done headshot can be equally important as a firm grip.”

What should I wear? “The number one thing you should NOT wear is something that you are not comfortable in.  If you are uncomfortable in your clothes, this will be very apparent in your photos.  This isn’t the time to experiment.  What you want to convey in your photos is the best version of your authentic self, so wear what will represent the image you want the viewer to perceive…The number one consideration is to wear clothes that fit you well.”

More to think about:

“Poodll Anywhere” Moodle-based MP3 Audio Recorder Tutorial Uploaded on YouTube

For those of you that are looking to enhance your Moodle knowledge,  there’s a new tutorial video on YouTube explaining how to use an experimental Moodle plug-in called Poodll. Poodll is an easy-to-use Moodle-based voice recorder which converts audio recordings into a MP3 file, displayed as a mini audio player. Our tests suggest that it could be a great feature for engaging students in online speaking activities at home and sharing the recordings with the class. To see how Poodll works, please check out the video!

To download the latest version of Flash, click here.

Upcoming Event: Effective Data Presentation Techniques

Effective Data Presentation Techniques.001A workshop @ The Commons with Profs. Moyara Ruehsen and Phil Murphy


Monday, November 18, 6:00 pm in the Design Space

Wondering how best to present your data for all of those course assignments and reports? Well, now is your chance to learn from the experts. Tell your story in a coherent and effective manner with a graph that your audience can interpret in two seconds. Should you use a pie chart for that data? Is there an optimal number of slices? What about an area diagram? When is it best to use a horizontal bar chart instead of a vertical column chart? When do stacked columns make sense? (Almost never.) How can 3-D deceive? Are there effective ways to combine lines and columns in the same diagram? (Yes.) And will it ever make sense to use a stacked area diagram (yes) or a donut or half-donut (yes)? Or should you abandon the chart idea altogether and just go with a table? (Sometimes.) Hear more nuanced answers to these questions and more!

“Next Generation” Learning – An Emerging Practices Breakfast Conversation

What?     Breakfast Treats, Coffee & Tea, and Collegial Conversation
Where?  Design Space @ the Digital Learning Commons, 420 Calle Principal / 001 McGowan
When?   Wednesday, October 9, 2013 9:30-11:00am
Who? MIIS Faculty (Please RSVP by Friday, October 3) – No technical skills or hardware required!

The Digital Learning Commons is pleased to invite MIIS faculty to a breakfast conversation on emerging teaching practices.  Our guests will be Monterey Institute professors, Peter Shaw, Jeff Dayton-Johnson, and Moyara Ruehsen.

Each of our guests will share experiences and practices that reflect the guiding theme for this year’s activities at the Commons: “Next Generation Learning.”

Inspired by some of the experiments we see taking place around the globe, and on our own campus, the “Next Generation Learning Project” will promote discussions, activities, and design challenges that help the MIIS community explore the thinking behind educational innovations. From MOOCs, “flipped” classrooms, and various permutations of “online learning,” to more subtle shifts in the way learners and teachers interact, the Next Generation Learning Project seeks to explore how teaching and learning are evolving, in our individual lives, on our campuses, and in the communities with which we intersect through our many immersive learning opportunities.

Participating faculty will have opportunities to discuss and reflect upon the pedagogical opportunities (and challenges) presented by our guests, and perhaps come away with some new ideas for future course development.

Our Guests

Jeff Dayton-Johnson is Associate Professor and Program Chair in the International Policy Studies Program where he teaches economic development and policy.  A regular DJ on local radio station KUSP, Jeff will share his experience integrating custom audio podcasts into his students’ learning repertoire.

Moyara Ruehsen is Associate Professor in the International Policy Studies Program where she teaches international economics and analysis. Dovetailing on the theme of “next generation learning,” Moyara will share lessons learned from her recent experience time-shifting her summer Econ Bootcamp course.


Peter Shaw is resident Professor of Pedagogical Magic in the TESOL/TFL Program at the Monterey Institute.  Peter will share how he designs the first 2-3 weeks of his teacher education courses to build a collegial learning community.

Teaching in the “Inverted Classroom” – An Emerging Practices Breakfast Conversation

Inverted-600x628What?    Breakfast Burritos, Coffee, and Great Collegial Conversation!
Where?  Design Space @ the Digital Learning Commons
420 Calle Principal / 001 McGowan
When?   Friday, May 3, 2013 9:00-10:30am
Who? MIIS Faculty (Please RSVP by Weds., May 1) – No Technology Skills Required!

The Digital Learning Commons and the Office of the Provost are pleased to invite MIIS faculty to a breakfast conversation on emerging teaching practices.  Our guests will be CSUMB assistant professor of computer science, Kate Lockwood, and instructional technology consultant, Jeff McCall.  Jeff and Kate have recently collaborated on the design and implementation of an “inverted classroom” approach to one of her courses.

“Flip teaching (or inverted classroom) is a form of blended learning which encompasses any use of technology to leverage the learning in a classroom, so a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. This is most commonly being done using teacher-created videos that students view outside of class time. It is also known as backwards classroom, reverse instruction, flipping the classroom, and reverse teaching.”

During this breakfast conversation, we’ll discuss the pedagogical opportunities and challenges presented by the “inverted” approach to course design and learn about the nature of faculty – instructional technologist collaboration.


kate_lockwoodKate Lockwood is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Cal State University at Monterey Bay. She is passionate about making computer science accessible to all interested students regardless of background or learning style. Kate is particularly interested in leveraging emerging technologies in the classroom.


jeff_mccallJeff McCall is a staff member in the Center for Academic Technologies at Cal State Monterey Bay. As an Instructional Technology Consultant he develops, deploys and trains faculty in technology in support of teaching. He’s been at CSUMB for 10 years.


Background Resources

Hall, M. “Flipping Your Class” published January 23, 2013 The Innovative Educator

Talbot, R. “How the inverted classroom works, a manifesto for students” published August 14, 2012

Bowen, J. “Teaching Naked: Why removing technology from your Classroom will improve student learning.” published November 1, 2006 National Teaching and Learning Forum

7 things you should know about the ‘flipped classroom” Educause

Garr, R. “Eric Mazur – Confessions of a Converted Lecturer” published March 26, 2013 Presentation Zen

Frock Swap

Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 11.31.40 AMWhen: Saturday, April 27, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Design Space at the Digital Learning Commons

In an effort to bring awareness and combat this stereotype the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) will be hosting a community Frock Swap. Women bring gently or never used clothing/accessories/shoes to swap and share with other women. Left over clothing goes to consignment stores with the proceeds going to the MCRCC and/or the remaining clothing will be donated to local women’s shelters. The Frock Swap will take place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April 2013) and in conjunction with Denim Day.

Raffle prizes include:

A gift basket of artisan goods, pole dancing classes at Ms. Tryss Boutique – Monterey’s ONLY pole dancing studio, and more!

Suggested Donation: $10

includes 1 raffle ticket. Additional tickets can be bought for $1

Spring Break 2013: Forum and Mixer

Slide1When: Thursday, April 25 7:00 – 8:30PM

Where: Design Space at the Digital Learning Commons 

Ever wonder what life is like in Cuba? Are you interested in working for the United Nations? Want to know more about the MIIS alumni network in D.C.? Curious about the future of cross-strait relations between China & Taiwan?

Join us for the Spring Break 2013: Forum and Networking Mixer, on Thursday, April 25.  Representatives from the Cuba, Washington D.C., New York UN and China / Taiwan group Spring Break trips will participate in a lively panel discussion, followed by a networking reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Stop by the Digital Learning Commons at 420 Calle Principal to learn about the exciting Spring Break adventures of your classmates and enjoy some refreshments!

**This event is hosted by the (Hu)SAND group in collaboration with MIISTales.

DLC Hiring Innovative Thinkers

innovationDo you have a passion for learning, creativity, and technology? How about an interest in how technology is re-shaping the way we live, work, and play? Do you have or are you looking to develop your communication and facilitation skills?  If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then you just might be interested in working with (not for) the Digital Learning Commons during your academic tenure at the Monterey Institute.

The DLC has a vacancy for one Digital Media Consultant for current (preferably first year students with GIS experience) graduate students to complement our current team.

innovation-picSend us an e-mail indicating your interest in working with the DLC and how you would contribute to the team based on your background, skills, and familiarity with our core activities and projects. Be sure to include link(s) to a digital space or project(s) that you led or produced (website, e-portfolio, blog post, video, podcast) that showcases your skill-set and experience.