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  • Providing closed captions is a critical component to making videos accessible. Sending videos out to a third-party vendor for closed captioning can prove to be a pricey endeavor. It is best to think about the need to closed caption at all stages of the video production process. There are many tips, tricks, and tools for making closed captions easier to produce. Join us to learn more about free and low-cost options for DIY closed captioning.
    Time:
    Monday, September 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • How comprehensive are the notes your students take in your lectures? Come discuss how you can guide your students in effective note-taking, and get your hands on some new tools that can help make note-taking more effective. 
    Time:
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Providing closed captions is a critical component to making videos accessible. Sending videos out to a third-party vendor for closed captioning can prove to be a pricey endeavor. It is best to think about the need to closed caption at all stages of the video production process. There are many tips, tricks, and tools for making closed captions easier to produce. Join us to learn more about free and low-cost options for DIY closed captioning.
    Time:
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Thinking about purchasing a new software, product, and/or tool? Of course you are vetting it for security, but have you thought about the importance of also looking into its accessibility? As a public institution, it is critical (morally, ethically, and legally) to ensure our software and products are accessible to the campus community. First step in assessing the accessibility of a software or a product is asking ‘Does your product/software have a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template)?’ If you already inquired about this, kudos! However, this is not enough.
    Time:
    Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Video is a great way to engage students in learning, but it is important to include everyone. Due to changes in compliance and expectations around video accessibility, audio descriptions are gaining more mainstream traction. Similar to the use of closed captions for individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, audio descriptions provide auditory narration of visual information for individuals who are blind or have low vision. In this session, we will cover the following: (1) What are audio descriptions? (2) What standards exist for creating successful audio descriptions?
    Time:
    Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Video is a great way to engage students in learning, but it is important to include everyone. Due to changes in compliance and expectations around video accessibility, audio descriptions are gaining more mainstream traction. Similar to the use of closed captions for individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, audio descriptions provide auditory narration of visual information for individuals who are blind or have low vision. In this session, we will cover the following: (1) What are audio descriptions? (2) What standards exist for creating successful audio descriptions?
    Time:
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Techspresso events are drop-in retreats in which faculty can work with instructional innovation staff, resources and partners to bring instructional ideas to life. Do you want to transform your course completely or simply add a new component? Drop in when you can, and stay as long as you like. We're here to help you work on your project. And we will be serving instructional innovation with coffee on the side. 
    Time:
    Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • How comprehensive are the notes your students take in your lectures? Come discuss how you can guide your students in effective note-taking, and get your hands on some new tools that can help make note-taking more effective. 
    Time:
    Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Thinking about purchasing a new software, product, and/or tool? Of course you are vetting it for security, but have you thought about the importance of also looking into its accessibility? As a public institution, it is critical (morally, ethically, and legally) to ensure our software and products are accessible to the campus community. First step in assessing the accessibility of a software or a product is asking ‘Does your product/software have a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template)?’ If you already inquired about this, kudos! However, this is not enough.
    Time:
    Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:30am
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Screen reader technology provides auditory access to a computer/mobile device for individuals who experience blindness or low vision. Alongside a native screen reader user, attendees will experience hands-on demonstrations with the latest built-in and open source screen reader technology (Voiceover on Mac OS systems and NVDA on Windows machines). Join us in learning the basics of how to use this technology, which will aid in running tests during website development. Periodically running these tests in various development stages aids in avoiding accessibility bumps and bruises.
    Time:
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Screen reader technology provides auditory access to a computer/mobile device for individuals who experience blindness or low vision. Alongside a native screen reader user, attendees will experience hands-on demonstrations with the latest built-in and open source screen reader technology (Voiceover on Mac OS systems and NVDA on Windows machines). Join us in learning the basics of how to use this technology, which will aid in running tests during website development. Periodically running these tests in various development stages aids in avoiding accessibility bumps and bruises.
    Time:
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Create a public web presence for your teaching or research with WordPress, an easy-to-use platform for creating websites and blogs. Common uses by faculty on campus include scholarly portfolios, personal blogs, blogs authored by students as part of a course, public-facing course websites, and informational websites for labs, centers, or research groups. In this introductory workshop for instructors you'll learn your way around Blogs at UMass, the WordPress service provided by UMass Amherst Information Technology. 
    Time:
    Friday, October 13, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Please join us for a discussion about ways you can better engage your students using the lecture capture system at UMass Amherst: Echo360.  We'll take a look at tracking student participation, sharing course materials, responding to student questions, and options for assessing student learning.
    Time:
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Have you explored the capability of your iPhone or iPad?  There’s so much more built-in than you may realize!  iPhones and iPads have robust supports that provide greater access for individuals with varying needs and abilities.  Join us for hands-on demos of iOS accessibility features.  Bringing your own iOS device (iPhone, iPad) is encouraged.
    Time:
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Have you explored the capability of your iPhone or iPad?  There’s so much more built-in than you may realize!  iPhones and iPads have robust supports that provide greater access for individuals with varying needs and abilities.  Join us for hands-on demos of iOS accessibility features.  Bringing your own iOS device (iPhone, iPad) is encouraged.
    Time:
    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Choosing and creating accessible documents and content for your class can be a challenge sometimes. However, this can directly impact student learning, particularly individuals with disabilities. Join us in learning about and discussing ways to create accessible documents and content to provide inclusion and increased access to a wide array of learners.
    Time:
    Monday, October 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Choosing and creating accessible documents and content for your class can be a challenge sometimes. However, this can directly impact student learning, particularly individuals with disabilities. Join us in learning about and discussing ways to create accessible documents and content to provide inclusion and increased access to a wide array of learners.
    Time:
    Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • With classrooms becoming larger and more diverse, educators work tirelessly to personalize learning for their students.  Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can aid educators in creating accessible classrooms, digital content and websites to meet the needs of various learners.  However, it is critical to think about ways to include people who learn differently in thinking about best practice. Bring your lunch and join us in learning about and discussing how UDL supports accessible classroom environments, as well as a discussion from student perspectives.  
    Time:
    Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Many classes offer a website to engage students in additional learning, as well as the use of various online platforms. Websites can help take learning to new levels, but it is also critical to be aware of accessibility features built into these platforms to better support students. When we design for disability, everyone benefits. Join us in learning and discussing accessibility in online spaces. 
    Time:
    Monday, November 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Many classes offer a website to engage students in additional learning, as well as the use of various online platforms. Websites can help take learning to new levels, but it is also critical to be aware of accessibility features built into these platforms to better support students. When we design for disability, everyone benefits. Join us in learning and discussing accessibility in online spaces. 
    Time:
    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • As evolving technology and social media networks make digital content more readily available, a basic understanding of copyright principles is essential for anyone in Higher Education. How can you properly make use of someone else’s digital work? What do you need to know to protect your own legal rights in what you create? Like any area of the law, copyright can get complex. Join our panel of experts to discuss solutions to some of the situations you are likely to face in your day to day academic work.
    Time:
    Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Join us for a real-time online-only discussion of how you can have a successful desktop video conferencing session, either as a host or attendee. Join us by Zoom video conference on Monday, Nov.20 at 12 p.m. (no account required) from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android via umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/5240961860 
    Time:
    Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • With audio descriptions becoming more and more important due to Section 508 law updates, it is important to think about and discuss the different ways audio description can be provided. Bring your lunch and join us in discussing the difference between traditional (or “regular”) audio descriptions and embedded audio descriptions and how this can make an incredible difference in the way in which students who experience blindness or low vision access multimedia content.
    Time:
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Technology is ever-changing and can provide increased access to learning for individuals who have a wide array of physical, cognitive, auditory, and/or vision needs. Join us in exploring, playing around with, and discussing hardware and software that supports curriculum access for students with varying needs. Feel free to BYOD (bring your own device) if you would like to download some of the free tools UMass Amherst offers to campus community with a valid NetID.
    Time:
    Monday, November 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Technology is ever-changing and can provide increased access to learning for individuals who have a wide array of physical, cognitive, auditory, and/or vision needs. Join us in exploring, playing around with, and discussing hardware and software that supports curriculum access for students with varying needs. Feel free to BYOD (bring your own device) if you would like to download some of the free tools UMass Amherst offers to campus community with a valid NetID.
    Time:
    Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823
  • Faculty and students routinely use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media in their personal lives, and those same tools could be used to collect and share content, support research, and help engage students in learning activities. If you are using social media in your teaching, or would like to explore ideas for doing so, bring your lunch and join us for this Digital Brown Bag discussion.
    Time:
    Friday, December 8, 2017 - 1:00pm
    Event Location:
    TBD
    Contact Phone:
    413-545-2823