Creative Discovery Workshops

How can you incorporate creative projects and digital design tools into your courses, in ways that deepen student learning? This hands-on monthly workshop series, featuring experts from across campus, will address a wide variety of pedagogical and practical topics to help you get started and go further.

Accessible Adobe Acrobat Documents

October 1, 2018, 9:00am
Learn the basics for creating accessible PDF files.
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Accessible Microsoft Powerpoint Documents

October 5, 2018, 9:00am
Learn the basics of creating accessible Powerpoint presentations. No previous experience necessary!
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Accessible Microsoft Word Documents

September 17, 2018, 9:00am
Learn the basics of "remediating" your course content using tools built right into Microsoft Word.
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Course Content Accessibility

Support, guidance, and tools are available to help faculty ensure that their course content is accessible to all students. 

More info: Access content website and Introduction to Course Accessibility

Support: Email

Introduction to Ally (Accessibility Tool)

August 10, 2018, 1:30pm
In an effort to improve the accessibility of online course content, we are piloting the Ally tool to bCourses this Fall semester. With Ally, course documents such as PDF PPT, and DOC files are automatically converted to alternative file types such as HTML, EPUB, electronic braille or MP3 (audio). Besides assisting students with declared accessibility issues, access to these alternative formats will also help English language learners and those with undiagnosed disabilities by enabling all students to download materials that best match their learning styles. In addition to providing multiple file types for learners, the Ally tool also rates instructor uploaded files and provides an accessibility score using indicators next to the uploaded course documents. The better the score, the better the automatic conversion to alternative media. Instructors, GSI's and staff are welcome to attend this informational meeting. Bring your laptops if you are interested in hands-on experience with the tool.
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DSP Open Forum for Faculty: Administering Accommodations

July 12, 2018, 3:00pm
DSP is hosting a series of three open forums for faculty this summer. This will give us an opportunity to both share information with faculty and also get feedback from faculty to help us improve our processes. This second forum will focus on the administration of accommodations including attendance accommodations and deadline accommodations.
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2018 Resource Fair Recap and Resources

April 15, 2018

In case you missed this year's Teaching and Research Resource Fair, here are some pictures and handouts from presenters, as well as the full schedule of events (click images below to enlarge).

Media-Rich Content: Towards a Purposeful Pedagogy

March 12, 2018, 4:00pm
Why do we use or create media-rich content in our classes? What are the pros and cons for student learning? How do we obtain or publish these materials ethically, legally, and in ways that protect our students? In this dialogue, we'll explore sources available to Berkeley instructors and talk about privacy, fair use, and issues of access. Come join in the discussion and help us build a resource list that can be shared widely with other faculty.
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Minding the "Digital Gap": Digitizing Ceramic Analysis Methods in Low-Power Computing Communities

March 23, 2018, 12:30pm
This project outlines ongoing efforts to “digitize” archaeological ceramic analysis methods used by the Taraco Archaeological Project in Chiripa, Bolivia. Chiripa is located on the southern shoreline of Lake Titicaca, home to a vibrant indigenous community, and the site of some of the oldest ceremonial and agricultural settlements in the southern Andes. Archaeological work has been conducted in Chiripa since the turn of the century, and ceramic analysts have pioneered now standard techniques for mineralogical and micro-attributional analysis using materials from these and continued excavations. The TAP project has a long history of disseminating analysis techniques to colleagues in South America, and has focused on hand-lens or low magnification work. The main goal of this project has been to introduce new digital visualization technologies, while highlighting the benefits and need for low-computing solutions to archaeological study and preserving a focus on easily reproducible and interactive paper based final products. These include educational printouts and pamphlets provided to community partners, but can also include new forms of paper publication made possibly by digital methods. Such digitized methods include 3-dimensional illustration, simple and accurate volumetric analysis, and the study of surface topography, all using variants of photogrammetry and manipulation of 3D models. Kathleen Huggins is a graduate student at UC Berkeley, in the department of Anthropology, with an emphasis on archaeology. She studies the pre-contact Andes, particularly the development of craft and arts traditions. Huggins has a background in technical illustration, and is interested in the long-term preservation of traditional art methods.
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