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Completing Your Certificate

When students have completed all 15 credits (or more), they will need to fill out the Certificate Clearance Form and send to program director, Cristiano Mazzei ( After verification, the Registration Office will record the student's certificate on their SPIRE account, which will then appear in the student's official transcript.

Learning Management System (LMS)

Our LMS is Blackboard. After enrollment, you’ll receive emails with information about how to access your courses in our platform.

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Preparing for Your Online Course

UMass Amherst students have access to resources that help navigate online courses. Students are encouraged to visit the UMass Amherst Student Orientation & Resource Area before starting their courses.

Online Student Code of Conduct - T&I Certificate

The diversity of the participants in our online courses is a valuable source of ideas, problem solving strategies and creativity. All members of the classroom community, including instructors, deserve respect and to be treated with dignity. Everyone should be treated in a way that’s kind, honest, and helpful. Our Guides to Online Student Behavior and Communication should be reviewed by all our students.

Successful Participation in Our Online Translation and Interpreting Courses

1. Video (7:44 min) - Naming your files; spell checking and reviewing written work; track changes; feedback from instructors and/or language reviewers.

2. Video (4:28 min) - Machine translation; reviewing your syllabus; participation in online discussions; assignment instructions.

3. Video (7:41 min) - Recording interpreting assignments; assignment submission to Blackboard; late assignments.

4. Video (2:45 min) - Information technology support vs. Blackboard support.