Technical Education & Outreach Workshops

FAQs

Why should I attend a workshop?

Do it for your professional development! These workshops are specifically designed to teach you new skills that you can use at work right away. Not only will you be sharpening your skills, you’ll also be contributing to the success of your department.

What if I can’t make it to the available workshop times?

You can consider taking one of the online certificate tracks that you can do at your own pace. You can also email us at teo@ferris.edu to set up a one-on-one training.

Where will the workshops be held?

Most of the in-person workshops will be held in the FLITE building on the main campus. There will also be online, self-paced training video certificates available for those not able to attend the workshops. View our calendar for details about when each workshop is being offered. 

How to I sign up for a workshop?

You may register for a workshop by selecting the "Book NOW!" button on the Technical Education and Outreach homepage or select "Register for a Workshop" from the right side navigation pane on any page. You may also contact us at 231-591-5615 or email TEO@ferris.edu. 

Workshops for Summer 2014

Accessibility

Instructors: Jody Gardei, Jackie Hughes, & Julie Rudolph

Grand Rapids Schedule - June 4, 2014 - Federal Building, WNF 014 (Capacity: 12).

9:30 to 10:15 am, Julie Rudolph, Educational Counselor.

Accessibility in Web and Media: What is accessibility? What is your role?

Students come to the University with diverse learning challenges. Law requires making educational material accessible to all learners. This brief session gives an overview of laws regarding accommodations and accessibility in higher education.

 

10:30 to Noon, Jody Gardei, Technology Services Coordinator.

Creating Accessible Documents: How to create accessible newsletters, meeting minutes, and other documents.

It is important to use certain features within Word to ensure the document is formatted in a way that can be presented in different ways using assistive technologies. Using Styles and other features within Word provides structure that helps screen readers make sense of your document and provide a better experience for your students. Because most Adobe PDF files originate from Microsoft Word, knowing how to structure a Word document is the first step to creating an accessible PDF. Adobe has created a tool called “tags” which contain information about the structure of the document facilitating the effective use of assistive technologies (screen readers). While PDFs are known to be in a static document form, a tagged PDF makes it more accessible.

 

12:00 to 1:15 pm Lunch

 

1:15 to 2:00 pm, Jackie Hughes, Instructional Technology Coordinator.

Closed-Captioning Videos: What are your responsibilities? What tools are available?

Creating closed captioning and providing transcripts for video and audio may seem like a daunting task, but there are options and it saves you time to be proactive when building out your course with accessibility in mind. Closed captioning and scripting offers alternative modes of learning for students who do not hear well, who has a native language other than English or who may not be an auditory learner. Being proactive in accessibility saves time, money and it develops a culture of diversity and inclusion.

 

2:10 to 3:00 pm, Jackie Hughes, Instructional Technology Coordinator.

Creating Accessible Websites.

Whether you are building a web page in Omni or developing your course in Blackboard, there are easy tips for ensuring accessibility and creating a culture of inclusion. In this session, attendees will learn how to make text, images, tables, forms, etc. accessible. Attendees will also be shown how to test a web page for accessibility.

 

Big Rapids Schedule -  June 9-12, 2014, FLT 110 (Capacity: 30).

Monday, June 9, 2014. 10:00am to Noon. Julie Rudolph, Educational Counselor.

Accessibility in Web and Media: What is accessibility? What is your role?

Students come to the University with diverse learning challenges. Law requires making educational material accessible to all learners. This brief session gives an overview of laws regarding accommodations and accessibility in higher education.

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014. 10:00 am to Noon. Jody Gardei, Technology Services Coordinator.

Creating Accessible Documents: How to create accessible newsletters, meeting minutes, and other documents.

It is important to use certain features within Word to ensure the document is formatted in a way that can be presented in different ways using assistive technologies. Using Styles and other features within Word provides structure that helps screen readers make sense of your document and provide a better experience for your students. Because most Adobe PDF files originate from Microsoft Word, knowing how to structure a Word document is the first step to creating an accessible PDF. Adobe has created a tool called “tags” which contain information about the structure of the document facilitating the effective use of assistive technologies (screen readers). While PDFs are known to be in a static document form, a tagged PDF makes it more accessible.

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014. 10:00 am to Noon. Jackie Hughes, Instructional Technology Coordinator.

Closed-Captioning Videos: What are your responsibilities? What tools are available?

Creating closed captioning and providing transcripts for video and audio may seem like a daunting task, but there are options and it saves you time to be proactive when building out your course with accessibility in mind. Closed captioning and scripting offers alternative modes of learning for students who do not hear well, who has a native language other than English or who may not be an auditory learner. Being proactive in accessibility saves time, money and it develops a culture of diversity and inclusion.

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014. 10:00 am to Noon. Jackie Hughes, Instructional Technology Coordinator & Dale Hobart, Web Developer.

Creating Accessible Websites.

Whether you are building a web page in Omni or developing your course in Blackboard, there are easy tips for ensuring accessibility and creating a culture of inclusion. In this session, attendees will learn how to make text, images, tables, forms, etc. accessible. Attendees will also be shown how to test a web page for accessibility.

 

Check out our calendar to see when each workshop is being offered.

Can't make any of the scheduled workshops? Click here for a list of certificates you may earn through online learning resources.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event should call 231-591-5615 at least 72 hours in advance.