THE MISSION OF MIDDCREATE is to provide spaces on the web where students, faculty, and staff 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, to take with them when they leave Middlebury.

MIDDCREATE PROVIDES SUBDOMAIN NAMES and web space to members of the Middlebury community, encouraging individuals to explore and develop their digital identities using tools such as WordPress, Omeka, Media Wiki, Known, and more. MiddCreate supports an individual’s agency in creating their digital identity through processes of reflection, self-expression, and connection to other learners and experts.

Why MiddCreate?

Read more about the philosophy behind Domain of One’s Own from educators at other institutions.

Build a Digital Identity

“Giving students their own digital domain is a radical act. It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web.”

Connect Your Learning

“Students prioritize sharing their learning with one another, metacognition, and digital scholarship.”

Reflect & Catalyze New Ideas

“Fascinating and important innovations would emerge as students are able to shape their own cognition, learning, expression, and reflection in a digital age, in a digital medium.”

Presence, Fluency, and Agency

MiddCreate is more than just a space on the web.

What is Digital Presence?

Your participation on the web matters. “Having one’s own domain means that students have much more say over what they present to the world, in terms of their public profiles, professional portfolios, and digital identities,” writes Audrey Watters. With your own domain, you can share your scholarship, raise awareness about issues that are important to you, and develop an identity that supports your professional, academic, and life goals.

What will you do with your digital presence?

What is Digital Fluency?

To be a digital citizen, you need to acquire and hone skills that will help you not just participate in and consume the web, but also to sustain, evolve, and resist the web. Being an educated person means having the digital fluency to understand the complexities of the web, which are technological, social, cultural, and political. MiddCreate can help you to develop those skills and to ask more critical questions, like,

“What am I doing, and who am I, on the web?”

What is Digital Agency?

Too many of the digital tools we use do not grant us control over our data, what we see (or what algorithms show us), or how we interact with those tools. With your own domain, you can have more agency over what you choose to share with others, including with tech companies, and more control over the tools you use.

You can take everything you create on your domain with you—well beyond your studies at Middlebury.


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