Faculty Grant Opportunity: FACET

Student Accessibility Support, in Academic Services, has received donor funds to award monetary grants to faculty to develop expertise in creating course materials that are accessible to students with disabilities. The Freishtat Accessible Course Excellence in Teaching Grants (FACET) grant application is open to all full-time and part-time faculty and is being delivered as a partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning. Accessible course texts can be read by text-to-speech software and include readings, LATTE site, presentation slides, videos, and graphics. Accessible course media includes captioning for all video, feature film as well as lecture videos posted to LATTE.

For information beyond that listed below, please contact Beth Rodgers-Kay, brodgers@brandeis.edu

Faculty should apply by December 18:  FACET Grant Application  

Gratitude to Brenda and Harvey Freishtat for the ’18-’19 Freishtat Family Gift.

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Two Possible Pathways: FACET Tier 1 and FACET Tier 2

FACET TIER 1 – Faculty attend all seven workshops (makeups can be scheduled) AND post an accessible course curriculum on LATTE. Faculty in Tier 1 will receive a $1000 grant to be used by the instructor for any purpose. Posted accessible courses will be recognized in multiple ways: by the Provost’s Office, on the Brandeis website, and at a final celebratory presentation in May with invited guests from the Provost's Office, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Deans of the Graduate Schools and Department Chairs.

FACET TIER 2 – Faculty attend all seven workshops (makeups can be scheduled.) Faculty in Tier 2 will receive a $400 grant to be used by the instructor for any purpose. Tier 2 participants will be recognized in multiple ways: by the Provost’s Office, on the Brandeis website, and at a final celebratory presentation in May with guests from the Provost's Office, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Deans of the Graduate Schools and Department Chairs.

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What We Will Cover In the Workshops

Each workshop will include resources from Student Accessibility Support, Digital Communications Office, Research and Instructional Services, and Media Technology Services in order to support accessible curriculum development. Resource staff will provide support during each workshop and by appointment. Each workshop will provide food and beverages. We ask FACET Grant Winners to bring course materials to each workshop. The workshop sessions will follow this sequence:

  1. Word docs and scanning

  2. Word docs, PDF’s, LATTE

  3. Graphs, diagrams, pics – image description

  4. Captioning for lecture videos, films, YouTube video

  5. Classroom presentation slides, color contrast, and review session

  6. Digital media - third-party websites/software/devices/curriculum

  7. Working session with resource personnel available

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Workshop Dates

Faculty will be chosen based on their investment in this program as well as their availability to attend the workshop sessions at one of our offered sequences:

  • Fridays, noon - 2 pm - Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Mar. 1, Mar. 15, Mar. 22, Mar. 29, Apr. 12

  • Tuesdays, 1 - 3 pm - Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Mar. 5, Mar. 19, Mar. 26,  Apr. 2, Apr. 16

  • Wednesdays, noon - 2 pm - Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Mar. 6, Mar. 20, Mar. 27, Apr. 3, Apr. 17