Bread Loaf School of English

Support for Digital Pedagogy and Tools

Bread Loaf offers a number of electronic resources as well as computer labs and computer support staff at every campus. Faculty with general questions about using technology during the summer should contact Shel Sax.

2017 Orientations

We will hold four technology and library orientations on June 27, 2017 in the Apple Cellar: 10:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm. Sign up sheets will be available at registration.

Getting Started for Summer

Step One: Activate your account before coming to campus

Most Middlebury digital resources require that you log in with Middlebury credentials (username and password). If you don’t have or don’t know your Middlebury credentials, you can retrieve or reset that information by visiting the Account Activation page. You will need your 8-digit Identification Number (ID) and your 6-digit BannerWeb Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you don’t have your ID number or PIN, please call the Technology Helpdesk at 802-443-2200.

Step Two: Use your credentials to access the campus network

Middlebury runs just one wireless network: MiddleburyCollege. If you direct your computer to connect to that network, then you can use your Middlebury credentials (username and password) to connect. If you have any trouble connecting, call the Helpdesk.

To access your Middlebury e-mail account, direct your internet browser to

Step Three: Get connected to BreadNet

Bread Loaf has its own communications network, BreadNet, which is a course management tool, and also functions as an e-mail server, an electronic bulletin board, a site for class folders and conferences, and a communications site for the Bread Loaf community throughout the year.

All Bread Loaf students, faculty, staff, and graduates can receive a free account on BreadNet by contacting Caroline Eisner, Director of BreadNet.

BreadNet requires FirstClass client software, which you may download for free here. Once you have the client on your computer, you can log in using your Middlebury credentials (username and password).

BreadNet Account Information, Summer 2017
  • Online Name: FirstName LastName (for example, Jane Smith)
  • User ID: LastNameFirstInitial  (for example, smithj)      
  • Password: bread (you will want to change your password when you first log in)
  • Internet Address: (e.g.,

BreadNet can also be accessed via an app on your iPad or iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Connect to the iTunes store.
  2. Search for FirstClass Mobile.
  3. Install the appropriate version on your mobile device.
  4. Once installed, launch the program and use as the server.
  5. Save these settings.

For more information about BreadNet, visit the BreadNet page on Digital Middlebury.

Step Four: Setting up a course

The Course Hub is Middlebury College’s gateway to course content for students and faculty.  Please see Using the Course Hub for instructions and more information.

Posting your syllabus
To add a syllabus to your course hub site, log in, click on the course link and then click on the “+ Add Syllabus” link.  There are options to copy your syllabus text and paste it into the hub site or you can upload a file that contains your syllabus.

Please note: the Course Hub only supports the sharing a single file directly on a given Course Hub site. To share more files, create a resource such as an ERES page (for files stored in ERES) or a Canvas or WordPress site.

Electronic Reserves

ERES (Electronic Reserves) are available for all Bread Loaf classes. For more information, viist the ERES page, or contact Kellam Ayres (802-443-5065) for more information and/or questions.

Step Five: Connect to your local printer

Middlebury uses a networked printing service called PaperCut. You can print to a local printer from your computer, or from a machine in a computer lab.

From your computer:

  1. Direct your browser to
  2. Log in using your Middlebury credentials.
  3. Select “Web Print” from the left-hand column.
  4. Select the local printer you want to print to.
  5. Send your print request.

From a computer lab:

  1. Access and open your document from the cloud, from your USB drive, or wherever you stored it.
  2. Print your document. In most programs, you can do this by going to File -> Print or by pressing the appropriate shortcut keys.
    • Select which pages you want to print, then choose Library_Printers or Non_Library_Printers from the drop-down list.
    • Choosing another printer is possible but these two queues give you the greatest flexibility as you can release your print job from any associated release station.
  3. Proceed to a Print Release Station associated with your printer selection. (After 18 hours have elapsed your print job will be erased from the system.)
  4. Log into the Print Release Station on or near the printer using your Middlebury username and password.
  5. Release your print job by clicking “Print” at right.

Step Six: Get Familiar with Library Resources

During the summer session Bread Loaf faculty at all campuses have access not only to their campus libraries but also to the full resources and services of the Middlebury College Library, with over one million holdings, in print, online, and recorded form. These resources include:

  • Middlebury’s online catalog (MIDCAT)
  • Electronic delivery of articles in Middlebury’s collection and beyond using Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
  • BLSE Library Research Guide, compiled specifically for Bread Loaf students, with links to a full range of online references, databases, and resources (JSTOR, Project MUSE, Early English Books Online) particularly useful for research in the humanities.

These resources are available through the Middlebury Library webpages; in some cases users will need to log on, and they will be prompted to enter their Middlebury username and password.

Tools You Can Use 

Course Hub

The Course Hub is a quick way to link your course materials (blogs, electronic reserves, articles, wikis, and sites) in one location so that they are easily found by your class.

Zoom Video Conference Tool

Zoom is Middlebury’s official videoconference tool. You can use Zoom to digitally connect with individual students, whole classes, guest teachers, writers, and others. It’s simple to use, and accessible using your computer camera, a webcam, or your phone’s camera.

Middlebury WordPress Sites

WordPress is an open-source platform that is used at Middlebury for individual blogs and as a content management system for creating web sites in general. Uses include journals, creative writing tools, and news publishing.

BreadNet Communication Tool

BreadNet is simultaneously an e-mail account and and a networking tool that has connected the classrooms of Bread Loaf teachers since 1984. Its primary goals are to perpetuate the Bread Loaf community throughout the year and to encourage collaboration among all Bread Loaf teachers, faculty, and their classrooms.

Canvas Learning Management System

Canvas is Middlebury’s learning management system. Using Canvas, you can conduct online, asynchronous discussions with your students; provide feedback and post grades for assignments; upload documents, videos, audio files, and more.


MiddCreate is Middlebury’s open web design project. Using MiddCreate, you or your students can design spaces for writing, self-expression, professional, academic, or creative portfolios, and more.