Envsioning Middlebury Post-lecture Community Conversation with Dr. Gardner Campbell

Friday, May 6, 2016
Approximately 1:45pm (immediately following scheduled 12:15pm lecture and Q&A in V499)
Digital Learning Commons Design Space
001 McGowan Building | 420 Calle Principal

Following the lecture, Institute faculty and staff are invited to continue the conversation with a discussion hosted by the DLC to consider the implications of Gardner Campbell’s vision for the future of digital pedagogy and learning at the Institute. A light lunch will be served.

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LinkedIn is widely used in the professional world, with 94% of recruiters reporting that they use the site to vet candidates. So, it’s very important to have as part of your professional identity.

For professionals and job-seekers building web presence, LinkedIn is an absolute must. The site is widely used in the professional community, and provides a medium for you to make your credentials and skills easily searchable. However, it’s not enough to have a LinkedIn profile; follow these steps to make sure your profile is an asset to your web presence, rather than a disservice to it.

Custom URL

First things first, you’re going to want to customize your LinkedIn profile URL if you haven’t done so already. To do so:

  1. Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
  2. You’ll see a URL link under your profile photo like www.linkedin.com/in/yourname. Move your cursor over the link and click the Settings icon next to it.
    • Note: “Update your public profile settings” will show up if you don’t have a public profile. Learn how to enable your public profile.
  3. Under the Your public profile URL section on the right, click the Edit icon next to your URL.
  4. Type the last part of your new custom URL in the text box.
  5. Click Save.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/87/customizing-your-public-profile-url?lang=en


Your LinkedIn profile photo should be a high-quality headshot of you in professional attire. Smile! Also, choose a picture where you’re making eye contact with the camera. It may seem trivial or silly, but this will help future employers get a sense of your personality, and feel a connection. This is enormously helpful, as employers search for someone with good fit for their organization. Also, as you’re taking the photo, remember that LinkedIn will crop it to a square.


Your headline, which will display beside your photo in search results, is your 120 character hook to draw potential employers and connections to your profile. The default on LinkedIn is for your headline to be your current employment. Personalizing it will add a personal touch, and it will differentiate your profile. According to LinkedIn, your headline should say what you are, who you help, how you help them, and give proof of your credibility. LinkedIn also warns of the four deadliest headline sins: having a cheesy headline, a confusing one, a boring one, or a desperate one.

Still looking for inspiration? Here’s a template to get you started:

I am a [subject matter expertise] who
[does what] for [client, company audience, project]. The proof is
[experience, education, GPA].


Your LinkedIn summary is a 2,000 character opportunity to introduce yourself. Other elements on your LinkedIn profile are fairly rigid and straightforward; your summary is an opportunity to show some personality!

So, now that you know why you should write a summary, here are some tips for writing an effective one:

  • Tell people what they can expect from you; describe what you do for someone unfamiliar with you job, and tell the world why you’re credible in that role.
  • Fill it out! Use all 2,000 characters if you can.
  • Break it up with headers, sub-headers, and graphics.
  • Include your contact info at the end. Some people also add some personal interests or hobbies at the end.

Got writers’ block? Here are some template ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

Experience & Education

This is the more straight-forward part of your LinkedIn profile. Use these sections as a dynamic, fleshed-out résumé. Keep your career goals in mind while you work on these sections, and tailor your profile accordingly; if you’re an aspiring translation freelancer, you may decide to not include your former career as a concessions stand attendant.

As you work on these sections, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Be sure to link to the company or institution.
  • Use prose, not bullet points.
  • Keep entries to a 2-3 sentence summary.
  • Start with an overview.
  • Front load your achievements. Is there a project or major win you can brag about?
  • Describe how you brought value to your team


Once you have the aforementioned basic elements of a LinkedIn profile, you can snazzify and supplement your profile by adding media, such as PDFs, videos, and images. You can add these generally, or associate them with a particular position.

(If you want to extensively integrate media with your LinkedIn profile, I highly recommend setting up a SlideShare profile that you can connect.)


Now that you have a gorgeous and dynamic LinkedIn profile, you need to use it! Join LinkedIn groups relevant to your industry or background (for instance, the MIIS Alumni LinkedIn group), and post periodically in these groups so that professionals in your industry begin to see your posts. Also, consider following companies and organizations in your field, especially if you’re interested in working for them.


There are many more ways to improve and better use your LinkedIn profile. For instance, you can create a localized profile in another language, add a video, and search/apply for jobs.


UPDATE: Qualtrics On-line Survey Tool Single Sign On Activated

UPDATE April 21, 2016: Users can now use their Middlebury login info to log in to the Qualtrics web survey platfrom. MIIS users should use there username@middlebury.edu to login and NOT username@miis.edu.

For MIIS users with pre-existing Qualtrics accounts, you may need to follow these steps to migrate your account:

  1. Login to Qualtrics at https://middlebury.qualtrics.com
  2. Use your username@middlebury.edu and password (the same used for e-mail and other web services) not your @miis.edu alias
  3. You may be directed to a Qualtrics account migration page. Enter your username@miis.edu and password in the designated fields and then click “Migrate Account.”

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  4. You should then be directed to your Qualtrics dashboard and see any surveys that you developed with your @miis.edu account.

August 2015:

Earlier this week, Bill Koulopoulos, Director of Academic Technology at the College, announced:

“…as of July 2015, Middlebury has adopted Qualtrics as its enterprise on-line survey platform. Qualtrics is currently considered the industry-leading provider of online survey software. It is already being used by members of Middlebury as well as in other educational institutions for administrative, academic and research purposes. For example, Amherst, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Pomona, and Wesleyan are among peer institutions that offer site wide access to Qualtrics. It offers powerful features, such as 90 different question types, the ability to add multimedia to surveys and panel management that set it apart from KeySurvey, our current software. Finally, the switch resulted in significant savings for the College.

Our previous survey platform, KeySurvey, will be available until the end of September and users are strongly encouraged to export their surveys and data before September 30th.”

For information about Qualtrics at Middlebury, go to http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Qualtrics.



When you’re building and cultivating your web presence, it’s crucial to control what results people see when they search for you. That’s why—even if you don’t use it for anything else—it’s important to maintain a Google+ profile. Moreover, if and when you have a virtual interview via Google Hangout, your profile will be visible, and you want it to complement your awesome interview.

Pretty much everyone uses Google, and Google prioritizes its own pages in its search results. So, make sure you have a Google+ profile, and a complete one. You may be like me and countless others that set up a Google+ account, worked on it for an hour, and didn’t go back for years. However, employers finding an out-of-date or incomplete profile will do an incredible disservice to your web presence. This will likely be one of the first results Google lists, so make sure it provides a good first impression. You don’t have to make this your primary profile or website, but make sure that you link to these from your Google+ profile; make it easy for those searching for you to find the information you want them to find.

Tips for Using Google+

Below are some wise tips I’ve gathered from the four corners of the world-wide web. Enjoy.

  • Use a headshot for your profile picture
    • Many users choose to use a picture of their dog, car, or their very blurry pixelated face as a profile picture. Using a professional looking headshot (à la LinkedIn) will set you apart and set a professional tone for your profile. Keep in mind that Google will crop this into a circle, so be sure to adjust your photo so it frames your face well.
  • Use a high-quality cover photo
    • Your profile picture, while important, doesn’t take up a great deal of real estate on your profile. The cover photo, however, spans across the entire upper page. So, be sure to use a professional picture (not too busy or distracting) that is high-quality enough that it won’t pixelate. Google recommends using 2120 x 1192 as the dimensions.
  • Accessibility settings
    • Decide how much information you want people to get from your profile, and whether people will be able to contact you through it. Adjust your privacy settings accordingly.
  • Fill out your profile story
    • Leverage your story on your profile to help you introduce yourself on your terms. Be sure to use keywords and links relevant to your field; Google will index this information, which will help improve your search-ability. Consider using the same text as your LinkedIn summary.
  • Share content
    • When you post relevant content (articles, blog posts, etc.) to your profile, it simultaneously demonstrates to searchers that your profile is up to date and that you are informed in your field. Some people even think that as you post more, Google will index your material quicker.


  1. https://blog.kissmetrics.com/personal-google-plus-account/
  2. https://authoritylabs.com/blog/8-tips-help-improve-google-profile/
  3. http://www.blogtyrant.com/google-plus-tips/
  4. https://designschool.canva.com/blog/google-tips-quickly-boost-results/
MIIS Happening

MIIS Happening 2.0 is April 28th

“A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered art, usually asperformance art. Happenings occur anywhere and are often multi-disciplinary, with anonlinear narrative and the active participation of the audience. Key elements of happenings are planned but artists sometimes retain room for improvisation. This new media art aspect to happenings eliminates the boundary between the artwork and its viewer.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happening

What is MIIS Happening?

A two hour Pecha Kucha-inspired event featuring short 6 minute and 40 second (20 slides x 20 seconds) talks, by MIIS students, staff, and faculty. The program will be generated through a massively open invitation for contributions by MIIS community members from all walks of campus. We’re seeking 20×20’s to inspire, engage and entertain a diverse audience, promote cross-disciplinary sharing, put a dent in programmatic silos, stir up some serendipity, celebrate creativity, and generally mix things up for a couple of hours. Talks may be inspired by storytelling or any number of themes, such as: change, place, culture, immersion, identity, adaptation, systems, ecologies, climate, language, among others. MIIS Happening! is two hours of participatory, fly-by-the-seat of your-pants intellectual exchange and exploration of unexpected connections among fields and schools of thought across the campus! MIIS Happening! is for everyone being shaped by and shaping MIIS.

April 16, 2015 Happening Archives

How can I get involved?

We are seeking 20×20 presentations from across the MIIS community. To get involved:

1. Drop in to an info session to learn more!

  • Info session #1, Wednesday, April 6, 1:00-2:00pm, Pacific Room, MG210
  • Info session #2, Tuesday, April 12, 12:00-1:00pm, Pacific Room, MG210

Can’t make it to the info sessions? Check out the Presenter toolkit to learn more.

2. Choose to participate as a presenter! (Sign up here)

3. Come to the Design & Feedback Clinic for help with your Pecha Kucha!

Feedback Clinic #1


Design & Feedback Clinic #1, Wednesday, April 20,1:00-2:00pm, DLC Design Space (Sign up below)



Feedback Clinic #2 (1)


Design & Feedback Clinic #2, Tuesday, April 26,12:00-1:00pm, DLC Design Space (Sign up below)


Current Sign-up Sheets

No sheets available at this time.

4. Come to the happening to see what’s happening, either as a spectator, supporter, spontaneous participator, or presenter!

  • MIIS Happening—the main event, Thursday, April 28, 12:00-2:00pm, Holland Center!



Teaching & Learning with Canvas – Coffee & Conversation

After last semester’s pilot, a collaborative proposal for the adoption of Canvas LMS, crafted and submitted by the Curricular Technology Team (a cross-departmental and -institutional advisory group which the DLC is a member of) was completed and posted to the Middlebury Canvas Pilot project website. This proposal was submitted in January for review by senior leadership. For more information on the pilot, click here.

As we look ahead to the potential adoption of the platform, join us on Friday, April 29, 9-10AM for coffee with pilot faculty to debrief on teaching and learning with Canvas:

Participation is open to the MIIS community – this is an opportunity for you to join the Canvas conversation and benefit from lessons learned as we look forward.

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DLC & CACS Hangout Conversation – Beyond the Horizon: The Hybrid Experience

Digital Learning Commons and the Center for Advising & Career Services are co-sponsoring a viewing and discussion in conjunction with the New Media Consortium Beyond the Horizon: The Hybrid Experience event.

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:00 – 11:30am
Where: DLC Design Space
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Event Description
Creating a hybrid experience in educational settings is a growing trend that has been highlighted in multiple editions of the NMC Horizon Report. Hybrid learning, also referred to as blended learning, is the integration of both online and face-to-face modalities to create a cohesive learning experience with flexibility and support for learners. In this online event, panelists will explore how the hybrid approach is fostering independent learning and collaboration, as well as cultivating more channels of communication among students and instructors. Panelists will reveal how the integration of online tools also provides instructors with the ability to track student success and engagement, rearranging face-to-face instruction around more active, hands-on activities.


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New Media Consortium Beyond the Horizon "The Hybrid Experience" Hangout: 10 – 11:30am | Weds, April 20 | DLC Design Space

Date: April 20, 2016

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MiddCreate Applications Workshop Recap

On March 17th, the Digital Learning Commons held a workshop on MiddCreate Applications lead by Evelyn Helminen and Clarissa Stewart. The workshop was attended by students and members of staff interested in learning new ways to utilize their MiddCreate domains.

MiddCreate (an initiative currently in the pilot phase) allows students, faculty, and staff to create spaces on the web where they can explore and connect their learning, experiment with digital tools for teaching and learning, and create a digital identity that is owned and managed by them.

Classes and programs may also use MiddCreate to build a space for students to share and comment on each others’ contributions. There is an incredible variety of applications available, which can be a little intimidating at first. The workshop showcased four easy-to-use applications to give participants an idea of what’s possible in MiddCreate. They included a survey maker, a wiki page builder, a social publishing platform, and a project management system.

First, Evelyn explained what MiddCreate is and how to get started, introducing the application installer.

Then, Clarissa demonstrated how to use LimeSurvey, a survey making tool that lets you to easily create and execute a variety of assessments. It supports an unlimited number of surveys in 80 different languages, with over 28 different question formats and conditional logic options available.

Next, Evelyn discussed DocuWiki, which can be used to outline or keep track of a project, plan social events, or serve as a catch-all binder of knowledge. DocuWiki has all of the core features you need from a wiki, such as cross-linking pages, without the bells and whistles necessary for collaborative work. The look of your personal wiki can also be fully customized within the app and by accessing its files from the MiddCreate dashboard.

A social publishing platform called Known was also introduced. Known is very easy to use and works like a Facebook group or Tumblr, but doesn’t require that you be a member of those platforms. You can invite up to 200 users to collaborate by sharing post, status updates, photos, and audio. You can also make your own events or RSVP to external events. Students can use Known to showcase personal projects, get feedback on their work, reflect on and discuss course content with their peers outside of class, or serve as a bank of knowledge for everyone to access.

The final application was Collabtiv, a web-based project management tool that enables virtual teams to work in close collaboration. The tool represents projects by tasks, milestones, related files and messages. Time worked can be tracked on a task-by-task basis. Furthermore, the software is polyglot, supporting more than 35 languages.

Please be on the lookout for any future MiddCreate workshops! If you’re interested in learning more about how to use MiddCreate, feel free to come by the DLC Learning Lab or make an appointment with a DLC staff member.

Learn more about MiddCreate »

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Spring Break @ the DLC

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
― Alan W. Watts

Join us for three opportunities to “play” at the Digital Learning Commons this spring break!

Monday, March 21, 11:00-12:00pm – Create your own Skill Print

We are busting out our crayons and markers and giving you a chance to design a colorful topographical map of your developed and emerging skills. Used by the Stanford D-School, this exercise is not only fun, it is a great tool to learn and share!

Wednesday, March 23, 11:00-12:00pm – Experience the Empathy Toy

The Empathy Toy is a unique toy for stretching your creativity and practicing communication. There are hundreds of ways to play, but all will give you a fun opportunity to laugh and learn.

Friday, March 25, 11:00-12:00pm – Bring on the Serious Play Legos

Join us as we break out our “Serious Play” lego sets! We will provide plenty of creative prompts for building and reflecting. There will be music (of course) and lots and lots of legos.

All sessions will take place in the Digital Learning Commons Design Space MG001.

Bring a friend and play!

MiddCreate Workshop

MiddCreate Applications Workshop

Middcreate allows anyone in the Middlebury community to create a domain of their own where they can explore and connect their learning, experiment with digital tools, and manage their digital identity.

You can install a variety of applications on your domain. Wordpress is just one option.

Come learn more about the many other diverse applications offered in Middcreate! We’ll cover alternate blogging platforms, social publishing, survey makers, and more.

The workshop will be held in the Learning Lab of the Digital Learning Commons on Thursday, March 17, from 12:00-1:00.

Learn more about Middcreate »