Did you know about Course Hub?

How is everyone’s first week of school going?

If you are frustrated by wading through the long list of past and current courses on Moodle to find the right one, or if you are baffled about where to find the E-Reserves or the password to access it, or if you just wish for a little more organization in managing all your digital course materials, we might have a solution for you!

HubLogo is a great place where you can access all the resources of each course in your current semester. So talk to your professor about linking all the course resources to Course Hub.

First go to http://courses.miis.edu/ and log in using your MIIS credentials.

Once you are logged in, on the left-hand column, you will see My Semester Dashboard, which lists both your current and past semesters.

On the right, you will see all your courses in the selected semester, with links to various resources. For example, if you click on the moodle link, it will take you right to the Moodle course page. No need to search in a long list!

In addition to moodle, you can find other resources linked to the site such as the wordpress blog, E-Reserves link and other relevant resources.

And whenever you are ready for a study break, check out MIIS Informed to find out what’s happening on campus!

Watch the video below to see a quick demo of how Course Hub works.




The return of screen capture and webcam recording!

Welcome back to MIIS and welcome back to the DLC!

Today we hosted a Camtasia 2 workshop for some Translation and Interpretation students and it’s likely that you might want to learn the very simple and straightforward way to screen-capture and record video via the webcam as well. Camtasia 2 is a great piece of software that allows you to record entire presentations—including recording your computer screen, your voice, and/or a video of yourself talking, and then edit it with text, photos, and external media to have a completely polished movie on your topic.

Be sure to come visit us in the DLC if you’re interested in learning more.


  • Schedule an appointment or drop-in between the hours of 12pm and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Camtasia 2 is installed on all of the DLC laptops and in the two recording booths. Click here to reserve a recording booth.
  • Tutorial: Getting Started with Camtasia
  • To teach yourself about the program before you come in, try going to go.miis.edu/lynda to review a tutorial video about it or other software packages we offer in the DLC.

Hope to see you soon!


DLC Data Fall 2014

J term is a time for reflection, evaluation and planning in the DLC. As a graduate assistant, I was tasked with compiling the statistics on DLC usage during Fall 2014, collected through three online booking systems. The data focuses on three service areas that the DLC provides: individual consulting sessions, digital recording booths as well as the community Design Sp@ce.


Appointments Statistics

Through the online appointment system, users can select a time/day, a service, and a graduate assistant or staff member to work with. We offer four general service areas: Audio and Video Help, Blogging and Web Tools, Instructional Technology, as well as Presentation and Graphic Design. There is also an “other” category if the topic doesn’t fall under one of the pre-established categories.

The data from the online appointment system shows that during the fall semester, we served a total of 93 unique users, who booked 232 appointments through the online reservation system. We logged a total of 116 hours of consulting sessions.

In terms of the popularity of topics, Blogging and Web Tools was the most popular category as 59% of the consulting sessions were on this topic. Audio and Video Help came in second, with 26% of the total sessions. 8% of the sessions focused on Presentation and Graphic Design. Instructional Technology represented 3% of the documented appointments, however, this statistic does not reflect appointments booked outside of the system. 4% of the sessions were on other topics.

In terms of frequency of appointments throughout the semester, October was our busiest month, with a total of 78 appointments. While we were ramping up in September when the online booking system was first introduced, we logged 33 appointments. In November and December, we logged 64 and 57 appointments respectively.

Recording Booth Statistics

We have two recording booths, which can also be reserved through an online booking system. The data shows that during last semester, 50 unique users booked a total of 176 recording sessions which lasted about 300 hours.

A closer look at the schedule reveals that as the semester progressed, the booking steadily grew, culminating in the most appointments in December, which accounted for 40% of the total sessions. Based on our observation, recording booths were used primarily as a quiet space for Skype and phone calls, Adobe Connect sessions, recording voiceovers for Podcasts, Camtasia screen capture projects, and video editing.

Design Sp@ce Statistics

The Design Sp@ce has proven to be a popular choice for hosting events and classes on campus. During Fall 2014, we hosted a total of 59 unique gatherings which included 8 graduate courses, 27 events, 17 meetings and 4 workshops. Among the 59 gatherings, 18 were recurring. Recurring classes were the norm, as 7 out of 8 classes were scheduled multiple times during the semester. Among the 27 community events, there were receptions, potlucks, movie nights, morning yoga, weekly dance club, blood drives, presentations, guest speaker sessions, etc.

This diversity of events demonstrates that the DLC continued to be a campus event hub while the Holland Center was being renovated . The 17 meetings were mainly class discussions or club meetings. The majority of the 4 workshops were sponsored by the DLC, with a focus on popular topics such as WordPress and screen capture. The space was also used for other purposes such as video filming.


Below is the infographic representation of the statistics, made using Piktochart. Infographic stands for the graphic representation of information or data. Piktochart is a website that allows users to easily create an infographic chart through using the existing templates or creating their own. Piktochart is very user friendly with its drag-and-drop feature. Once the chart has been created, it can be either downloaded as a static image or pdf file or viewed online which shows the interactive features.

Click here to view the online version.

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MIIS Moodle Updated to version 2.6.6

On December 22, 2014 the Institute’s course management system “iLearn” at http://ilearn.miis.edu underwent a much needed version update from 2.4.1 to 2.6.6. This update does not impact existing courses from previous terms or course sites that have been created for the 2015 January- or Spring terms.

With this update you will notice some changes to the look and interface of the MIIS iLearn site, but for the most part this update provides a number of usability and instructional feature improvements that we hope you will appreciate as you look ahead to building course Moodle resources.

Usability Improvements

With this update MIIS iLearn will include some noticeable usability improvements. They include:

  • A more user-friendly web / WYSIWYG editor.Watch a short video describing this changeMoodle 2.6 editor
  • Improved course activity and resource editing (move, drag&drop, drop-down menu): Watchshort video describing this change moodle 2.6 resource editor
  • Drag and drop media and text directly onto the course page
  • Word count visible in discussion forum posts
  • Responsive theme and interface for variety of devices (desktop, tablet, smartphone)

Functional Improvements for Instructors

Other Features of Interest that Instructors may not be aware of

  • Online audio recording in Moodle with Poodll Anywhere plug-in: Watch a short video describing how this feature works
  • Rubrics for criterion based assessments in the Gradebook
  • Conditional Activities and Completion Tracking for hybrid and flipped models of instruction
  • Messaging Students by e-mail from Moodle

If you have any questions or concerns about the update, please e-mail Bob Cole at bcole @ miis.edu.

Spring 2015 Course Hub Sites Available for Moodle Rollovers/Imports

imgresCourse Hub sites for the current version of the Spring 2015 academic course catalog are now available online. When you login to the Course Hub at http://courses.miis.edu you will now see “Spring 2015” courses in the dashboard menu on the left. Please note that Fall 2014 courses will continue to appear when you click on “My Semester Dashboard” until the term is over.

Adding a new Moodle Site via Course Hub
To add a Moodle site, review the steps for Setting up a Moodle Resource in Course Hub.

Self-Service Steps For Importing Moodle Archives From Previous Terms
Last term we introduced a How-To Guide demonstrating and outlining the steps to complete the Moodle Course Archive Import process on your own. To fast track and complete this process on your own, watch the brief How-to Guide video and follow the steps for completing a Moodle course import: go.miis.edu/diyrollover

Assistance With Importing Moodle Course Content From Previous Terms – AKA “Rollover”
Returning faculty who teach with MIIS iLearn (Moodle) should be familiar with the Moodle Course “rollover” process of importing archived course content from previous terms into a new Moodle site. To request assistance with your course archive import, use the updated Moodle Archive Import Request Form. Expect a 3-4 day turn around on these requests.

You may direct questions to helpdesk@miis.edu or call Help Desk at (831) 647-6656.

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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:

Resource Reminder for the WordPress Workshops

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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: go.miis.edu/lynda

Search: WordPress Essential Training

  • DLC

Make a one-on-one appointment: http://sites.miis.edu/dlc/appointment-request/

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 dlc@miis.edu

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:

Lynda.com logoIf you’re interested in learning more about Excel, there are numerous web resources available. Lynda.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”