Several Professional Development Opportunities Available for SF Faculty and Staff

March 17, 2021 – Santa Fe College’s Center for Academic Technologies and Training (CATT) is offering the SF community a number of professional development opportunities in the coming weeks. Please take a look below and attend if you can. Dr. Saundra McGuire is a nationally recognized expert in mindset and metacognition, and the accessibility workshops are offered by experts from across the US.

Growth Mindset and Metacognition
March 19, 9:30 – 11 am
Join Zoom session. 
The Learning Commons will host Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University for a morning keynote address on fostering growth mindset and metacognitive skills among our students. “This [virtual] workshop will present the key components of a successful intervention and the ‘secret ingredients’ that will inspire students to put transformative learning strategies into action!” For additional information, please contact Keyna Wintjen (keyna.wintjen@sfcollege.edu).

Quick Tips for MS Word and PowerPoint Accessibility
March 23, 12 – 1:30 pm
Join using this link: https://uark.zoom.us/j/82684815981?pwd=Vkd4QVJ2WTJRRjdwZnpHWllSMUhXUT09
Learning just a few simple techniques can go a long way to make your MS Word documents and MS PowerPoint presentations more accessible. In this online training, Dawn Hunziker, IT Accessibility Consultant, Sr. at the University of Arizona, will address the most common barriers disabled people face in accessing this content and show you how to resolve those barriers. NOTE: Demonstrations will be using Office 365 MS Word and MS PowerPoint for Windows. Mac versions are conceptually similar but may look slightly different.

Creating Accessible MS Word Documents – A Deeper Dive
March 26, 10 am – 12 pm
Join using this link: https://zoom.us/j/94682173451?pwd=SE1uSGFvb0dwVjBHampqMXZFVFB5UT09
Join Rob Carr, ICT Accessibility Program Manager at Oklahoma ABLE Tech, as we take a deeper dive into making MS Word documents accessible. This hands-on training will allow participants to follow along as we learn about using headings properly, providing alt text for images, creating meaningful hyperlinks, using the accessibility checker, converting to PDF, and more.

Creating Accessible MS PowerPoint – A Deeper Dive
March 30, 10 am – 12 pm
Join using this link: https://zoom.us/j/96294641989?pwd=Ni95Z3o4dDFjeUtWVmZCbFhrcTB2dz09
Take a deeper dive into the accessibility of MS PowerPoint with Rob Carr, ICT Accessibility Program Manager at Oklahoma ABLE Tech. In this hands-on training he will cover using slide layouts, providing alt text for images, creating meaningful hyperlinks, the use of color and contrast, describing complex images, using the accessibility checker, converting to PDF, and more.

Understanding PDFs and Accessibility
April 1, 12 – 1:30 pm
Join using this link: https://zoom.us/j/96804474615?pwd=YWNDNU91TVVxbFJqbGNaM0FBMnN6Zz09
Producing accessible PDF documents can be challenging if considerations are not made when documents are first created. In this session, Lyssa Prince, ICT Accessibility Coordinator with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, will discuss how PDFs are generated and what to keep in mind in each case—whether the document comes from a Microsoft Word conversion or from a scanned document. She’ll also cover the main aspects of PDF accessibility, including the Tag Tree and reading order, and we’ll learn how PDF accessibility begins in the source document.

You can find these links on the CATT workshops page as well.