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  • Welcome (participants) to latest UMassOnline Speaker Series event: Inclusive Practices for Diverse Learners in Online Educations
  • Background on the Observatory and objective of the Speaker Series
  • Today's Speaker:
    • Valerie Claire Haven is an adjunct faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts. She teaches graduate courses in accessibility and inclusive learning in online education for both UMass and the University of Southern Maine.
    • Valerie also does consulting on accessibility issues related to technology and pedagogy for technologically-mediated instruction.
    • Her primary interests and work relate to supporting faculty and staff to integrate assistive technology into their courses as easily as possible.
    • Valerie’s career in assistive technology and on-line learning began in 2001 when she was hired to support the start-up of a new distance-based graduate program at UMass.
    • She is an avid user of all types of assistive technology and develops toolkit suites to support learners with various disabilities and diverse learning styles taking on-line courses.
    • While she is passionate about technology in general, her real interest is in helping faculty and support staff find and select the right technologies to support the learning objectives of their courses.
    • Valerie is also the 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium President’s Special Award for Outstanding Achievement by An Individual in the Field of On-line learning.
  • Logistics:
    • Valerie’s presentation will run until approximately 11 am. Questions and answers will follow until 11:30.
    • The event will be recorded and made available within the Speaker Series section in the Observatory
    • If tweeting about the event, please use the following hashtag: umassonline
    • We will serve a light lunch following the event next door in the Norfolk back room.
    • Thank you and Welcome (Valerie Haven): Thank and Welcome Valerie Haven to the podium


  • Thank you for joining us for: Inclusive Practices for Diverse Learners in Online Educations
  • Thanks to the Speaker and event production team (Jen, Kevin, Tim, Stacey and Han)
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