Head Shots

Headshots, Round 2!

64 members of the MIIS community attended the head shots session on February 17th!

If you missed it,  here’s your chance to get your professional head shot, especially if you plan to attend one of the job fairs in March and need to update your LinkedIn profile or e-portfolio.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM

The patio between the Admissions Office and the Security Office

You don’t have to register in advance.  Just come dressed in your professional wear and sign-in.

See this post from last fall for tips on how to prepare for your head shots!


Recording Booth Tips

Hey yall,

GPayne checkin’ in! Since the first week of the term I’ve helped quite a few people to navigate the recording booths in the DLC for voice and video recording, so I thought it would be useful to share what we’ve learned for anyone out there interested in using the booths this semester:

  1. Make an appointment
    • Use the appointment system (go/dlcappointment) to learn about the booths before you get started. Even if you don’t plan on recording the same day, do yourself a favor and let us walk you through the process before you start.
  2. Reserve the booth
    • Use the reservation system (go/recordingboothreserve) to help you avoid times when people are already using the booths. If you happen to be in the DLC when you want to reserve a time, there is an iPad by the Blue Booth that can help you with that. Just ask someone to help you!
  3. Choose the program
    • Garageband is perfect for recording just audio, and Camtasia is great for recording both your face and your voice. They’re both user-friendly programs.
  4. Set yourself up for success
    • Make sure you come prepared with what you want to talk about. Scripting your podcast or video will make the whole process much smoother than just speaking-off-the-cuff. Try practicing your script out loud before you record. It will flow more smoothly when you do the real thing.
  5. Add content
    • Once you hit the record button, just go for it! Say everything you have to say. If you think you messed up, just pause for moment and start again from a few lines back. Editing after you’ve recorded the bulk of your project is always easier than trying to edit as you go.
  6. Edit later
    • Editing creates meaning. You decide what remains in the final product, and it’s easy to delete sections that don’t belong, or rearrange clips to make yourself sound better. If you don’t like what you did, Command-Z will always undo your actions.
  7. Export and save
    • Once you feel good about the content you’ve created, find Share amidst the drop-down menus above and click on export (or Export Song to Disk in Garageband) to save it, with your name, in an easily located place like the desktop. Be sure to save it again onto an external flash drive or to the cloud when you’re done. Think! if it’s not saved in at least 2 places, it’s probably not saved at all.

And those are the key takeaways from my experience helping people in the recording booths. I hope these simple-to-follow instructions make it easier for you work on your own, but remember Tip #1, make an appointment with one of the GAs to get a full walkthrough.

Be well,


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Spring 2015 Excel Learning Series

META LAB and the DLC are collaborating once again to provide a series of Excel workshops during the first half of the Spring 2015 term to support the MIIS community.

Sign up at go.miis.edu/learnexcel.

Spring 2015 sessions will be held in CF442, Pac Lab. Your facilitator will be META Lab graduate assistant and Data Analysis Teaching Assistant: Jeff Zeitz.

Excel Learning Series: Dates, Times, and Locations

  • Session #1: Friday, February 20, 12:15-1:30pm | Location: CF442 – PAC Lab
  • Session #2: Friday, February 27, 12:15-1:30pm | Location: CF442 – PAC Lab
  • Session #3: Friday, March 6, 12:15-1:30pm | Location: CF442 – PAC Lab
  • Session #4: Friday, March 13, 12:15-1:30pm | Location: CF442 – PAC Lab



Head shots on campus!

(pictured:  IEM student Amy Marrion attended a photo session last November.)

It’s job fair season! It’s also time to step up the job and internship searches.   Ensure that your LinkedIn and other social media tools reflect your professionalism with a quality head shot.

Stop by the patio between the Admissions office and the Security office on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, between 12:00 PM and 1:45 PM.  

Get your photo taken on Tuesday, and we’ll have your head shots ready before the MIIS career fairs coming up in February and March.

See this post from last fall for tips on how to prepare for your head shots!

Jeff Howarth GIS

Curricular Possibilities of GIS, Spatial Thinking & Cartography with Jeff Howarth

The DLC welcomes Middlebury Asst. Professor of Geography, Jeff Howarth, for a morning ideation session and exploration to diversify and strengthen curricular connections between MIIS critical areas of interest and GIS, spatial thinking/analysis, and cartography.

Some questions that might spark this session: What kinds of problems are faculty and students working on at the Institute that might benefit from a spatial/cartographic perspective? How might we collaborate with faculty and students at Middlebury to develop curricula or interdisciplinary projects that integrate spatial thinking, GIS, and cartography.

What?     Morning Discussion with Pastries & Coffee
Where?  Design Space @ the Digital Learning Commons, 420 Calle Principal / 001 McGowan
When?   9:30 – 11:00am, Friday, February 20, 2015
Who?      MIIS Faculty, Students, Staff with an interest in GIS, mapping, spatial thinking and analysis

Please sign-up online below to participate by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. No technical knowledge required to attend!

Current Sign-up Sheets

No sheets available at this time.

Jeff Howarth

Emerging Practices Teaching Conversation with Middlebury Asst. Professor Jeff Howarth – Self Publishing Online Materials

The Digital Learning Commons is pleased to invite MIIS faculty as well as interested staff to a lunchtime brown bag conversation on effective and emerging ‘next generation’ teaching practices.

Middlebury Assistant Professor of Geography, Jeff Howarth will share his experience “self-publishing” course materials for use in his teaching. Recognized at Middlebury in 2014 for his excellence in teaching, particularly for his adaptation of the flipped approach to course design, Jeff is actively experimenting with an alternative instructional model which he describes as “self-publishing a new kind of textbook” via his Youtube channel: GIS at Midd.

Participants will get a behind the scenes perspective on the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of teaching with “self-published online materials”, share their own approaches, connect with DLC staff, and take away some new ideas for future course development.

What?     Brown Bag Lunch Collegial Conversation
Where?  Design Space @ the Digital Learning Commons, 420 Calle Principal / 001 McGowan
When?   12:15 – 1:15pm, Thursday, February 19, 2015
Who?      MIIS Faculty, interested staff

Please sign-up online below to attend by Tuesday, February 17, 2015. No technical knowledge required to attend!

Current Sign-up Sheets

No sheets available at this time.


An Analog DLC Needs Assessment

The Digital Learning Commons (DLC) prototyped a new way to assess the needs of our clientele! In line with DLC tradition, which marries creativity and analog imagination with digital innovation, we tried out a fun and simple method to assess the needs of our clientele based on four basic knowledge areas: Presentation & Graphic Design, Audio & Video, Blogging & Web Tools, and Instructional Technology. We created the needs assessment tool around these four basic categories to find out if what we currently offer is still in demand, and if there is a demand for something that we do not currently offer.

How we did it

tabling blog post pic 1Using a large interactive sheet of paper sectioned off into 4 knowledge skills areas (depicted as different landscapes) students and faculty placed dot stickers over software programs, or knowledge areas, that they would like to learn more about and/or attend a workshop on. They were also encouraged to write in anything they did not see listed but would like to have a workshop on. This occurred in the Samson Center Courtyard from 12-2pm on Tuesday, February 3rd.

What we found

tabling blog post pic 2Out of the four categories, Presentation & Graphic Design got the most “hits” (dot stickers), with Blogging & Web Tools having the second most. Audio & Video came in third and Instructional Technology was in 4th place. Excel had the highest workshop demand, but Photoshop and LinkedIn were close behind. Overall, we found that the DLC is in the right position to offer services to the MIIS community in different knowledge areas, particularly Excel, PhotoShop, LinkedIn, Camtasia, and iMovie.

What this means

Services offered by the DLC are in high demand, but disproportionately so. We have a working workshop offering and schedule based on need, but we need to connect and advertise more deliberately for our clientele to receive the training they demand. More than 90% of the hits were labeled by program, so we will be using teachers in specific programs as gatekeepers to targeted workshops.


What is next?

More targeted emails regarding upcoming workshops, more service offerings gleaned from your feedback, more needs assessments, and more delivery! We at the DLC pride ourselves on customer service, and this was just a simple step on the way to delivering better services to you, our clientele.

Keep an eye on your email for announcements on upcoming workshops!



DLC Workshops

Digital Learning Commons Workshop Sign-Up

WHEN: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12 – 2pm
WHERE: Samson Center Patio

The Digital Learning Commons is developing our workshop schedule and we want to hear from you! Stop by Samson Patio between 12:00-2:00pm on Tuesday, February 3rd, to let us know what type of workshops you would like to attend this semester. Past workshops have included audio recording, video editing, presentation skills, design thinking, screen recording, using WordPress, Photoshop, and many more!

Customizing Moodle

If you are a returning student, you have probably been surprised by Moodle’s new look, hopefully in a good way! The new Moodle has new features that will allow you to customize your page, and it also looks less cluttered and more sleek!

Under Courses tab, if you click on My Courses, you can customize the page by moving, adding and configuring blocks. First, you have to enable the Customize this page option on the top right-hand corner. Once it’s enabled,  you can drag and drop the blocks on the page. You can also add additional blocks such as Calendar, Latest news and Upcoming events. For the Course Overview block, you can choose to display only the courses you are taking this semester.

For more details, watch the video below.