#IDSP15: J-Term Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project

Learn about the Spring 2015 pilot #IDSP15 Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project and consider applying to be a digital storytelling fellow as part of your January Term immersive learning program experience.

Tuesday, September 23, 12:15 – 1:30pm

Upstairs Digital Learning Commons, 001 McGowan Building

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.


#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:


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

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!

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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.

Session #1 Draft Learning Agenda:

-Layout and different menus
-Auto fill, custom lists, defining custom lists
-Copy and paste techniques:
-Selection techniques
-Formatting and conditional formatting

  • Freezing panes
  • Sorting and Filtering
  • Formatting cells and numbers

-Finding and replacing

  • Basics of entering formulas
  • Copying formulas
  • Display existing function
  • Some basic formulas
  • referencing
  • Getting help with formulas

The first session will take place:

Friday, September 19, 2014
Casa Fuente, CF434

To help us plan for the series, PLEASE RSVP 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”

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:

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.