Resource Reminder for the WordPress Workshops

WordPress Workshop Digital Sign

Heads up reminder from the DLC. If you happened to miss the WordPress Workshops, DLC GAs can still help you one-on-one with any questions, concerns, or dreams you may have for your website. But first give yourself some credit and start by teaching yourself what you need to know using Lynda. The link can be found below. Students outside the IEM program are welcome to book an appointment as well. To book an appointment please follow the link below. Happy Designing!


  • Lynda:

Search: WordPress Essential Training

  • DLC

Make a one-on-one appointment:

Alternative Web Development Platform

  • Wix
  • Weebly




Intro to Narrated Screen Capture Workshop!

Professors, want to turn your lecture slides into narrated videos?  Want to create tutorial videos for your students?

Students, need to record a presentation or Skype call for class?  Want to easily demo your work on your e-portfolio?

Why? With Camtasia, you can easily record, narrate, and edit your onscreen activity to create professional-quality videos.  Come learn the basics of narrated screen capture as well as how to share your videos.

When? October 7th, 1-2 PM

Where? DLC D-Space

How? The DLC has 6 computers with Camtasia software for you to use.  Computers will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis and may need to be shared within small groups.

Questions? Email us at

Click here for some useful Camtasia resources!

“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.


Excel Learning Series

META LAB and the DLC are collaborating to provide a series of Excel workshops throughout the Fall 2014 semester to support the MIIS community.  Learning sessions will progress from introductory topics to more advanced tools and functions. Your facilitator will be META Lab graduate assistant and Data Analysis Teaching Assistant: Amer Shurrab.

Excel Learning Series: Weekly Topics to be Covered

  • Session #1: Friday, September 19, Location: CF 434
  • Session #2: Friday, September 26, Location: CF 434
  • Session #3: Friday, October 3, Location: CF 452
  • Session #4: Friday, October 24, Location: CF 452
  • Session #5: Friday, October 31, Location: CF 452
  • Session #6: Friday, November 7, Location: CF452
  • Session #7: Friday. November 14, Location: CF452
  • Session #8: Friday, November 21, Location: MG100

To help us plan for the series, REGISTER by filling out the survey below: logoIf you’re interested in learning more about Excel, there are numerous web resources available. 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
  • Input your MIIS login credentials
  • Search “Excel Essential Learning”

#IDSP15: J-Term Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project

The DLC is excited to announce the Spring 2015 pilot #IDSP15 Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project. We are seeking a pilot cohort of MIIS graduate students who are creative and curiosity-driven to apply to be a digital storytelling fellow as part of your January Term immersive learning program experience.

IDSP15 Info Session Sept 23, 2014

Interested MIIS students discussing storytelling and opportunities to reflect on immersive learning; 9/23/14

#IDSP15 One-Pager – Download 1-Page #IDSP15 Infosheet [pdf]

About #IDSP15
#IDSP15 is a 1 unit (15 hours) open and directed study framework designed for MIIS students involved in immersive learning activities affiliated with their academic experience with the aim of maximizing the potential for personal intercultural competency (ICC) development through peer-interaction, self-reflection, design, and digital media. The learning series will integrate inductive research, data collection, and experiential reflection methods with hands-on training in digital storytelling and multimedia creation to enable participants to reflect upon, express, and share critical insights and lessons they have learned while engaged in immersive learning activities and programs; e.g. J-term, IPSS, DPMI Plus, IBP, Translation/Interpretation, Language Teaching Practica, FMScouts, and others.

Project Coordinators
If you have questions about the project, getting involved, or the application and selection process, please contact:

Bob Cole
Digital Learning Commons
E-mail: bob at

Netta Avineri
Visiting Professor, TESOL/TFL E-mail; Chair, Intercultural Competence Committee
E-mail: navineri at

#IDSP15 seeks 3-5 digital storytelling fellows who plan to participate or engage in immersive learning experiences over the 2015 January Term. Selected fellows will commit to working together with other #IDSP15 fellows, Digital Learning Commons staff, and supporting faculty to create a digital story documenting their experience, insights, and new perspectives. As an incentive, selected fellows will receive an iPod Touch to aid field-based data collection (photos, video, journaling).

Interested in participating? Apply below

Tuesday, September 23, 12:15 – 1:30pm Information Session
Held upstairs in the Digital Learning Commons, 001 McGowan Building, the kick-off informational session attracted a great group of seven current MIIS graduate students from a variety of programs interested in IDSP15 as an opportunity to learn and apply new skills and tools for reflection, design, and digital media.

Notes from Information Session:
In addition, we understand that as a pilot project there are still some loose ends that we hope to further discuss and negotiate with participating fellows or those of you who are not sure how to get involved. From our notes, some of these issues include:

1. collaborative projects – working with more than one person or a small team
2. Retrospective stories – for those who have already been on a J-term project, the feasibility of working with experiential learning data collected from previous immersive program
3. work on existing project – consideration for those who have other projects in mind outside the scope of MIIS immersive learning programs as we’ve initially framed for #IDSP15
4. 1-unit course – the logistics and protocol for drafting a directed study proposal to gain credit for the IDSP15 project
5. tying into existing course – the possibility of being involved in the project in a different capacity; e.g. as a program designer or evaluator
6. 1 digital storyteller per J-Term team – looking ahead at the possibility of selecting a digital storyteller to return to lead storytelling efforts
7. format/presentation – flexibility of story deliverables (structure, tools etc…)
8. hybrid format (if not on-campus in spring 2015) – opportunity for pilot cohort to work together flexibly and remotely for those who will not be in Monterey in the Spring

New Appointment System at the DLC!

appointment-booking-screenshotWe have a new appointment system for booking one-on-one appointments with any of our team members in the Digital Learning Commons.

It’s a very straight-forward 4-step system, intended to make the appointment booking process smoother and easier for everyone.

See below for more details on how it works.

Click here to try it out and book an appointment with someone on our friendly team!

Step 1: Service

First, you pick the category that best matches your need. The five categories are:

  1. Audio & Video
  2. Instructional Technology
  3. Presentation & Graphic Design
  4. Blogging & Web Tools
  5. Other

Note: If you choose the “Other” category, you are not guaranteed an appointment time. We will need to follow up with you to clarify your request and guide you to the person who can best help you.

Step 2: Employee

Second, you choose the team member you want to work with. Each team member has slightly different areas of expertise and software knowledge, so pay attention to their description, if you want to work with specific software.

Note: If you want to schedule an appointment with a full-time staff member—Bob Cole, Evelyn Helminen, or Melissa Jennings, and cannot find availability using this system, you can email them directly to set up a custom appointment.

Step 3: Time

Third, you pick a time for your appointment. The availability calendar will change, depending on which team member you chose to work with. If you cannot find a suitable time, you may have to go back a step and try to book with someone else. If you would like to schedule more than 30 minutes, you can book two appointments back-to-back.

Step 4: Details

Finally, you fill out your name and email address, and explain as much as you can about what kind of help you need. This will help us prepare to assist you as much as possible. After booking, you will receive an email confirmation with the details of your appointment. Your confirmation email will also contain a link to cancel your appointment, should you need to do so. A team member will follow up with you if they need to clarify any details of your appointment. Otherwise, just show up at the DLC at your scheduled time!

Click here to try out our new system and book an appointment!


Screening: Transforming the Academy in the Digital Era

This year, the theme of Middlebury’s Clifford Symposium is “Transforming the Academy in the Digital Era”. We are living in an era featuring massive transformations in information and communication technology that alter generations of traditional practices in a wide range of fields, careers, and elements of everyday life. This symposium will focus on how such technological transformations, and their corresponding cultural, political, economic, and social shifts, are changing the world of higher education and scholarly research.

Join us in the DLC D Space for a live-stream screening of John Palfrey’s keynote speech!

You can also watch the below speakers live at the following times here:

    • Tara McPherson, September 19, 10:00 AM
    • Siva Vaidhyanathan, September 19, 1:30 PM

Fall 2014 Workshops, Course Project & Curricular Technology Support

The DLC offers customized support for students, faculty, staff, and the broader MIIS community in the form of individual consultations and group workshop trainings. We also offer the D Sp@ce for communal use.

We encourage you to contact us and visit the DLC for help with projects you are working on.

Getting Help at the DLC – Drop–ins and Appointments

MIIS faculty, staff, and students can drop-in to the DLC for help, Mon-Fri. Just look for anyone wearing a name tag or lanyard; we are all happy to help!

Graduate assistants and staff are on hand to field questions and assist with projects that might include a variety of tools with digital or design components:

Audio & Video Help

  • Video Editing (iMovie, YouTube Editor, Final Cut Pro)
  • Audio Recording and Editing, Podcasting, MIIS Radio (Garage Band, Audacity, Camtasia)
  • Digital Storytelling (Garage Band, Audacity, Camtasia)
  • Voiceover Lectures (Garage Band, Audacity, Camtasia)
  • Webinars, Screen Recording (Skype, Camtasia)

Instructional Technology

  • Course Resources, Links (Moodle, Adobe Connect, CourseHub)

Presentation & Graphic Design

  • Photo Editing (Photoshop, PicMonkey)
  • Presentation Tools (Keynote, Powerpoint, Prezi)
  • Digital Signs, Fliers, Banners, Posters, etc. (Powerpoint, Keynote, Canva, Photoshop Word,, InDesign)

Blogging & Web Tools

  • Website Design, Course Portfolios, Blogging (WordPress, Weebly, Blogger)
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest)


  • Data Analysis (Excel)—Help given in collaboration with META Lab
  • Design Thinking, Idea Development

Request an Appointment for a Consultation

Students or faculty requiring more advanced support are welcome to set up appointments with specific staff or GAs. Link to: Appointment Request Form

Skill-Building Workshops & Resources

We also occasionally host a series of skill-building workshops in the Design-Sp@ce located in the McGowan Building at 420 Calle Principal St.

We would like to remind you about our campus-wide access to online video training and tutorials for software you or your students may be working with. To access these videos go to and login with your MIIS username and password.

Course Project Support

If your class has a digital learning need that we could help with, let us know! Contact us by completing our online Workshop Request Form or send us an email at

We’ve had great success in consulting with classes that are integrating website projects, presentation skills, digital stories, podcasting and tele-collaboration.

Reserving the D Sp@ce

Our Design Sp@ce is a common area that you can customize to your needs, such as classroom-style, lounge area, or small working groups. We encourage students and faculty to reserve the D Sp@ce for classes, events and projects. When not reserved, it’s open to all as a place to come study, have meetings, or just hang out between classes. View our online availability calendar here.

Recording Booths

We have two recording booths set up with microphones and software to record podcasts or presentations. Fill out a recording booth reservation form here.


Teach Massively. Learn Locally. Sign Up to Participate in DLC Hybrid MOOC Experience

In our on-going attempts to explore emerging practices and learning opportunities for professional development, the DLC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a local learning cohort of participants in the Coursera course: Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling.

The 5-week MOOC (massive open online course), scheduled to run September 8 – October 12, 2014, will be our sandbox and digital storytelling techniques and tools will be our goal!

DLC Staff and interested faculty, staff, and students will meet weekly in the DLC Design Space to share hybrid learning experiences, review course topics, and support one another toward achieving and applying course learning goals.

Our working hypothesis is that a well designed Coursera course offers an open framework for social, peer-driven learning, collaboration, and co-creation.

Topics to be Covered During the 5-week Course

  • Week 1: Choosing a topic and purpose
  • Week 2: Writing an effective script and creating a storyboard
  • Week 3: Recording audio narration
  • Week 4: Using technology to build a digital story
  • Week 5: Revising, publishing and sharing the final digital story for use in the classroom

Participation Commitment

  • Complete the Coursera Course
  • Attend weekly meet-ups in the DLC
  • 2-4 hours/week engaging with content and the learning cohort

Sign Up To Participate!

1. Register for the Coursera course online here:

2. Fill out the DLC Participation Form below by Friday, September 5, 2014: