Digital Learning Commons 2014-2015 Goals

The following are the goals of the DLC for the 2014-15 school year, categorized within the broader strategic initiatives of Middlebury and MIIS.

Middlebury Goals

In alignment with its mission and current staffing, the Digital Learning Commons endeavors to support the following organization-wide strategic directions:

  • Promoting pedagogical and technological innovation to meet the evolving needs of students
  • Articulating a unified Middlebury brand identity that accommodates the unique qualities and needs of the individual programs
  • Attracting to Middlebury a talented and diverse group of students, faculty, and staff and cultivating conditions to ensure their success
  • Continuing to build a financial model that will sustain the institution into the future and provide sufficient resources for new and creative initiatives

MIIS Area Goals

  • Implement matrix management practices, enabling key administrators to work effectively in pursuit of enterprise wide strategies with anchor function leadership at Middlebury, while continuing to collaborate with local colleagues on cross-functional matters at MIIS
    • Assist in collaborative organizational development efforts to improve understanding and implementation of matrix management practices
    • Increase awareness of the goals and projects of our aligned partners on the Middlebury campus. Support Middlebury colleagues where needed during the LIS reorganization.
    • Continued communication and collaboration with Middlebury’s curricular technology colleagues (technology integration stories/recipes, joint topical panel discussions
  • Communicate the Institute’s unique identity and value proposition effectively, within the rollout of an overall Middlebury brand system
    • Maintain and promote current branding and style guidelines, and stay engaged and informed as the overall Middlebury brand system is developed. Perform content and SEO web audits to remain well-poised for future transitions
  • In GSIPM, implement curricular changes, including the MBA and Development Practice and Policy programs, and launch the new International Trade and Economic Diplomacy program
    • Communicate with program chairs about curricular changes for the MBA, CSIL, and DPP programs and ensure that these changes are effectively reflected on our website
  • In GSTILE, implement curricular changes, including new specialization in Spanish Community Interpretation, and Spanish Community Interpretation Graduate Certificate
    • Communicate with program chair the Spanish Community Interpretation programs and ensure that these changes are effectively reflected on our website
  • Continue to develop research centers and initiatives, including the creation of a new Center for Social Impact Learning, in collaboration with the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury
    • Support the CSIL staff in developing their sub-site and building their presence on the MIIS website
  • Improve the student experience on campus by renovating the Holland Center, working to facilitate better student housing options, and continuing to improve/innovate services and activities provided to students
    • Complete DLC acoustic dampening re-model. This process has been initiated with MIIS Campus Facilities director, Andrew Hernandez. A design concept is in the works for a combination of windows and glass walls
    • Continue to promote and support innovative use of the DLC Design Space among faculty and students, and identify potential areas of collaboration with departments and centers (ie. Creative speaker series with CSIL)
  • Strengthen financial resilience by building a robust enrollment management program that incorporates a CRM system and leverages web and social media effectively to increase enrollment
    • Review DLC staffing needs (full-time as well as graduate assistantships) and budgetary allowances
    • Review effectiveness of DLC graduate assistant roles and zones – pursue shift toward fellowship / project focused model to support DLC staff, innovation, and departmental zone functions
  • Draw upon our intellectual capital to extend learning opportunities to new markets (e.g., executive education and online learners)
    • Conduct pilot activities in support of an Intercultural Communication Competence & Immersive Learning Digital Storytelling Initiative (proposal in draft form, plans to present to MIIS faculty, pilot academic this academic year with support from GSTILE Dean Jourdenais, ICC Chair Netta Avineri, and Language Studies Coordinator Naoko Matsuo)
    • Host participation in Digital Storytelling MOOC ( to productively analyze online learning methods and explore hybrid approaches to online learning.
    • Continue to co-chair Online Learning Task Force – seeking opportunities for development, supporting experimentation with existing and potentially new tools (eg. LPP Eng for Negotiations, In the Telling with Patricia Szasz)
    • Research and Implement MIIS LMS / Moodle migration from CSUMB to Midd self-host or Midd outsource to Remote Learner, in consult with Middlebury curricular tech colleagues

DLC Open House Tuesday July 15

See what all the buzz is about. Come to the DLC Open House Tuesday, July 15, from 3:00-5:00.

The DLC is the best place on campus to study and hang out in; and when you need help using different software programs and online tools, we are here for you!

Explore how the DLC can help you this summer as you study a foreign language. Learn more about different software programs to help you record audio, video, and Skype calls; edit recordings and images; and create exciting presentations. Also explore new online tools that will make language learning easier and more fun!

See what else our space has to offer, with our new colored “white” boards, moveable room arrangements to accommodate different size groups, comfortable couches, laptops available to borrow in the space, large screens, and more.

Also find out about the new DLC Coffee Corner—where you can brew your own coffee for $1!


Come to our open house on Tuesday, July 15, from 3:00-5:00 and explore how the DLC can help you!

We are open and here to help every weekday, from 9:00-4:30.


There are stories being told all over the Monterey Institute Campus. They take the form of video, audio, pictures, slideshows, spoken word, drawings, multi-media presentations, and more. They are about personal experiences, academic opportunities, language learning, campus-related activities, immersive learning projects, and countless other topics.

The following list is the initial gathering of all of these stories, as we try to create a common place to collect and tell them all. If you have a storytelling initiative to contribute to the list, or are looking for help with your storytelling endeavor, please email, with the subject line “Storytelling.”

MIIS Students’ Language Stories

natalie-cox Coordinator: Naoko Matsuo

About: The main purpose of this blog is to feature students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences, cast a spotlight on the language skills they acquire, and understand how they plan to use those skills in their future job.

Build Your International Career (Resources)

summer-nicaragua Coordinator: Rebecca Owen

About: This is a collection of student stories and resources that work together to show you how to build an international career through your undergrad, by living and studying abroad, and then while you’re earning a master’s degree.

A Day in the Life


Coordinator: Maria Osorio

About: Students at the Monterey Institute shed some light on what they do on any given day while they’re going to grad school. These stories take a variety of forms such as poems, timelines, and long form. Some are general overviews of a typical day and others are a very specific day in time. All are true representations of “A Day in the Life” of a grad student.

The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

miis_spotlight-kh Coordinator: Evelyn Helminen

About: This series features a different student each week from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In these short videos, the students elaborate on topics such as why they chose to come to MIIS, what has surprised them about the Monterey Institute, what kinds of cool things they’ve been involved in—both on and off campus, and more.

MIIS Radio


Coordinator: George Payne

About: MIIS Radio is an open platform for the Monterey Institute community to share stories, events and experiences. This online forum features segments including Pro Bytes, Real World Music, Africa Chatter, and MIIStales. Segments are posted in short, fun formats for all to enjoy. Participation is encouraged from any interested community members.

Peacebuilder Fellowship Storytelling


Coordinator: Pushpa Iyer

About: The goal of the Peacebuilders Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows spend around two months in the field and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant” conflict, providing empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace.

Globe Center Blogs


Coordinator: Max Troyer

About: Students in the Translation and Localization Management program keep blogs in their various languages of study. The individual blogs are listed below.


MIIS Communications and MIIS Communique


Coordinator: Eva Guðbergsdóttir

About: These are news stories coming from the Monterey Institute Communications Department. They cover current students, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni and events in the MIIS community.

Storytelling Nights on Campus


Coordinator: Various

About: These events are arranged on an ad-hoc basis to showcase experiences that members of the MIIS community have had. Storytelling nights have been arranged to talk about trips over spring break and J-Term, stories from Peace Corps, and have also included some Open Mic events.



Coordinator: Molly Lineberger

About: This is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Members give impromptu and prepared talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure. Then they evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.

Language Learner Histories


Coordinator: Netta Avineri

About: TESOL/TFL students conducted 2 semi-structured audio-recorded interviews with a second language learner about his/her language learning history. The 1st interview was based on 10 questions provided by the professor, after which the students listened to the recording and created a “VIVID” (Visual & Verbal Interdependent) representation of what they heard. During the second interview, they shared and explained this “VIVID” representation with the learner, asking him/her to clarify and expand upon what was shared during the first interview. The students then analyzed the data according to particular themes and issues that emerged, providing a detailed analysis in light of SLA concepts and teaching/learning issues. Future courses will build on this framework to create a collection of language learner histories in a variety of digital storytelling formats. (This was part of Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics Netta Avineri’s Spring 2014 Second Language Acquisition (SLA) course. The photo above is one example of the VIVID representations students created for the assignment.)

Voices of the Class

Coordinator: Maggie Peters

About: Each year in the fall, incoming students are asked to answer four simple prompts, which are then compiled and integrated into a skit during orientation. The goal is simple: to hear from as many of the incoming class as possible. Responses to the prompts can be any shape or size—a story, a poem, a rap. The prompts are: 1.) I am. . . 2.) What keeps you up at night? 3.) Where are you from and how has it impacted who you are today? 4.) Tell us something about yourself that people would never guess just by looking at you.


Travel Writing

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Win a Ticket to TEDxMonterey!

Help celebrate Earth Week, enjoy the eco-infinity geo-dome on campus, and win a ticket to TEDxMonterey!

Here are the rules:

  1. Take a picture of yourself in the Eco-Dome, located for the week in the parking lot between the Admissions Adobe and the Samson Student Center.
  2. Post to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
  3. Use the hashtags #ecoselfie and #TEDxMonterey.
  4. Photos will be judged and a winner announced at 10:00am on Friday, April 25th.
  5. Best photo will win a free ticket to TEDxMonterey, happening Saturday, April 26th in the Irvine Auditorium!

Connect with TEDxMonterey on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram to learn more about the upcoming event!

Contest open to current MIIS students, faculty, and staff.

Want to make sure we saw your entry? Email!

Screen Recording Resources

Example of how Camtasia can be used

Sharing your Video


Similar Tools


    • Quicktime (free)
    • Keynote
    • Movenote
    • iMovie
    • iPad Apps
      • Doceri (free)
      • Explain Everything
      • Screen Chomp (free)


  • Jing (free)
  • Capture Fox (free)
  • Movenote (free)
  • BB flashback express (free)
  • CamStudio (free)
  • Webinaria (free)
  • Powerpoint (certain versions)




Earth Day Pop Up Lunch & Working Session: Innovating “Green Teaching” Practices

Co-sponsored by the MIIS Sustainability Council and the Digital Learning Commons, the biased toward action agenda for this lunch-time working session is the question:

How might we improve and encourage innovation around ‘green teaching’ practices that improve the student learning experience while also achieving campus pro-sustainability goals?” e.g. reducing paper use, conserving energy, leveraging new technologies and incorporating sustainability themes into our campus culture.

Join us for a sandwich and drink if you want to help develop and implement ideas to improve current “green classroom” policies and campus sustainability!

Download: GreenTeachingCertificateQuestionaire.xlsx.pdf

RSVP Required by Monday, April 19 with an e-mail to Meagan Braun, Sustainability Council graduate assistant:

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Intro to Screen Recording 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? April 17, 12:30-1:30

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.

Questions? Email us at

Photoshop Tricks Workshop

DLC Workshop: Photoshop Tricks

Thursday, April 3rd
12:30 – 1:30 at the DLC Design Space

As part of our continuing Thursday workshop series, this event will teach you some neat tricks for Adobe Photoshop.

During this workshop, we will go over some of the basic tools of Photoshop, and resolve some of the common problems that beginners face, including working with layers and resizing images.

Then we will demonstrate how to manipulate layers to create some cool effects.

In the end, you should be able to create a basic layout in Photoshop from scratch, and apply some stylistic touches for a personalized design. This means that you’ll be able to create something such as a custom header for your WordPress site or a custom digital sign!

Participants are encourage to bring their own computers if they have Photoshop installed on them; otherwise the DLC can provide a limited number of laptops.