MBMH Seminar

Introduction: Alex Chapin by achapin63
September 10, 2009, 9:34 pm
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My title is Principal Curricular Technologist, a position at Middlebury within the Academic Consulting Services area.  I also lead a Curricular Technology team and specialize in technologies for 2nd language acquisition.  I am one of the principal designers of Segue, the curricular content management system currently in use at Middlebury (that we expect to replace in the coming year) and more recently have been developing a theming framework for WordPress.  I participated in the Future of Everything NERCOMP symposium last spring, doing a presentation of the “Future of Learning Management Systems.”  Other presentations I have done in the last year include Widgets in Education and iPods and 2nd Language Acquisition.  I also attended some of the Project Bamboo workshops and contributed a scholarly narrative on collaborative translation and annotation to the Project Bamboo wiki.

I have worked closely with the Open Knowledge Initiative, overseeing the implementation of their open service interface definitions (OSIDs) into Harmoni, an application framework we developed that provides basic services to Segue as well as MiddMedia, our media repository service (Middlebury College received a Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration in 2007 for some of this work).

My background is in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies and I have a degree in History of Religions from University of Virginia.  I have published a CD-ROM for learning Tibetan and more recently a series of language phrasebooks and study guides for mobile devices published by McGraw-Hill.