Making Accessible Documents Using Ally

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Faculty Collaboration Studio, 6 Norton Hall, North Campus

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 • 1 to 3 p.m. • 208 Diefendorf Hall, South Campus

With an increase in the number of online courses and digital content, faculty face challenges when creating accessible content for all students. While some students have specific learning needs, others may simply have a preference in how they choose to receive and consume information.

Ally is a tool in UBlearns that helps improve the accessibility of course content. In the workshop, we will demonstrate how Ally auto-checks uploaded content for accessibility issues, offers feedback to correct problems and generates alternate visual and auditory accessible formats.

This is a hands-on workshop, so please bring a laptop and sample documents with you.

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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Faculty Collaboration Studio, 6 Norton Hall, North Campus

ePortfolios have been described as a "high-impact educational practice" by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The University at Buffalo is a trailblazer in the incorporation of ePortfolio technology into its general education curriculum (UB Curriculum), particularly in the UB Capstone Course (UBC 399).

In this presentation, experts in ePortfolio pedagogy and technology will provide insights into the ways ePortfolios are utilized on campus, discuss the technical features of the UBPortfolio software (powered by Digication) and provide a Q&A opportunity for faculty to consider ways of implementing ePortfolios within their programs and coursework.

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Research Collaboration Happy Hour

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 • 4:30 to 6 p.m. • Faculty Collaboration Studio, 6 Norton Hall, North Campus

Our research collaboration happy hour features five-minute project "elevator pitches" from faculty members who are looking for research collaborators. These brief presentations allow faculty members to explain their project ideas, receive valuable feedback from other faculty and connect with potential research partners.

We are currently looking for researchers who would like to participate in this event. If you are seeking collaborators and would like to present, please contact Rebecca Rotundo at or 716-645-7748.

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Community Courses

SUNY OER Services has announced that the first sections of their new Open Educational Resources Community Course series are now live. These courses will introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to OER.

Throughout this learning space you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing and licensing OER. You will also have opportunities to connect in conversation with your peers and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.

> Learn more about SUNY Open Educational Resources Community Courses.

SUNY's Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC)

Stay current with today's rapidly changing technology and acquire lifelong learning strategies in this open-access course offered through Coursera. As you explore, you will develop an ePortfolio to showcase your professional skills and accomplishments.

Everyone can earn digital badges, and students, faculty, and staff from any SUNY institution can earn a Coursera certificate for free.

The entire course can be completed in as little as 5 hours spread over 5 weeks.

> Learn more about #EmTechMOOC