Faculty Grant Opportunity: FACET

Student Accessibility Support has received donor funds to award monetary grants to faculty who commit to join a cohort for an eight-workshop series in which they learn hands-on skills in making their curricular materials accessible to students who have blindness or other barriers to accessing the course curriculum.

Much text posted to LATTE is, in fact, not readable by the screen-reading software that many students use due to a visual or a print disability such as dyslexia. The goal of this grant program is to increase faculty skills in creating and posting accessible materials and including captions for students who may be hard of hearing.

The Freishtat Accessible Course Excellence in Teaching Grants (FACET) grant is open by application to all full-time and part-time faculty and is 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 Oct. 18: FACET Grant Application

Gratitude to Brenda and Harvey Freishtat for the 2019-20 Freishtat Family Gift.

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Two Possible Pathways: FACET Tier 1 and FACET Tier 2

FACET TIER 1 – Faculty attend all eight workshops (makeups can be scheduled) AND post a single, accessible course 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, and Deans of the Graduate Schools and Department Chairs.

FACET TIER 2 – Faculty attend all eight 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 are not asked to post accessible course curriculum, although they are encouraged! Tier 2 participants will be recognized in the same ways as Tier 1 faculty.

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What We Will Cover In the Workshops
Each workshop will include resources from Student Accessibility Support (SAS), Digital Communications Office, Research and Instructional Services, and Media Technology Services in order to support accessible curriculum development at Brandeis. 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. Working session with resource personnel available to assist
  5. Captioning for lecture videos, films, YouTube video
  6. Classroom presentation slides, color contrast, and review session
  7. Digital media - third-party websites/software/devices/curriculum
  8. 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:
  • Tues, 1-3 pm: 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/10, 3/24, 3/31
  • Wed, 12:30- 2:30 pm: 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/1
  • Fri, 12 - 2 pm: 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/13, 3/27, 4/3