The IT Accessibility Working Group is excited to host web accessibility training sessions during spring break and into the future. We’re reaching out to content authors across campus who maintain content on one or more of Hampshire’s web platforms – like the Hampshire website, a departmental blog, or even the student handbook. It’s critical that our content authors have the tools and knowledge to make their content accessible to all potential readers. Web accessibility training will be required for all content creators to attend over the coming months and into the future.
Our training session will:
- walk folks through some background information on disability
- demonstrate assistive software used by readers with visual impairments, and
- explain the strategies, guidelines, policies we follow to keep our web content accessible.
The training lasts about 90 minutes and will include light snacks. After the session, content authors will be equipped with a toolbox of simple steps they can take when editing College websites.
Content authors: register to attend a training session.
Want to know more? Have a look at our Accessible Information Technology page, our official IT Accessibility Policy, or let us know your questions by emailing email@example.com.
How devastated would you be if your computer died right now, with no possibility of getting your data off of it? Hard drives and even solid state drives (SSD’s) fail. If you don’t back up your data on a regular basis, make it a priority to get a backup system in place.
If you’ve experienced a data loss due to drive failure, chances are that you’ve got a backup system in place. If you haven’t experienced a data loss, don’t worry, you’ll be a member of the club some day–unless you’re backing up your data on a regular basis.
These days a backup system is pretty painless–you can either back up to an external drive on an automatic basis (Time Machine for Mac or Windows Backup for Windows), or sign up for an online backup system such as Carbonite.
Backup drives are pretty cheap: you can get a terabyte drive for about $60. To make sure you buy one large enough, look at how much space you’re currently using on your computer and buy a drive that holds at least three times that. Once you have a backup plan in place, make sure you use it on a regular basis.
We have backup drives available for purchase through a departmental charge and are happy to help. A 1 Terabyte backup drive (sufficient for the vast majority of users) is $60 and a 2 Terabyte backup drive is $80, and a 3 Terabyte backup is $100. To buy one of these drives contact the IT Helpdesk, give us a departmental charge number, and you can stop by and pick up your drive. If you’d like assistance setting up a backup drive and starting the backup, make an appointment with an IT Tech through the IT Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Accessible Information Technology Working Group has updated our resources for writing on the web. Available from the Accessible Information Technology web page, they can help you ensure that the web pages you create are equally available to visitors with a range of abilities and experiences. If you make changes to pages on www.hampshire.edu, or create posts for any College site, these resources are recommended reading.
Questions? Want to learn more? Get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Whether you update parts of the main website, add information to a departmental blog, or create Intranet announcements, that makes you a content author. Basic web accessibility doesn’t need to be difficult, and you can brush up your knowledge with these straightforward tips. The information is also downloadable as a PDF checklist for easy reference.
PDFs can be a polished way to deliver downloadable information, and they’re frequently found attached to web pages. However, it takes a little more time and care to make them accessible to everyone. You can use these Creating Accessible PDF instructions to guide yourself through that process. Whether you’re starting with a Word Document or scanning an article for students, these instructions have got you covered.
Hampshire students, faculty, and staff can take advantage of academic discounts, direct through the vendors, on various technology items. Our Tech Discounts page has links to get you a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 for a year. Free.
With all of the emergency announcements going out (and more to come, perhaps!), we have received questions about the legitimacy of emails that show they are from “Hampshire College Alert,” with a “Reply-to” and “From” address of Hampshire@getrave.com. Rest assured that these are indeed legitimate email messages, sent through our emergency notification system provider. By using a third-party notification system we can ensure that emergency announcements are delivered even if all campus IT services are unavailable.
Learn more about the Hampshire College Emergency Notification System, including how to update contact information.
If you have been driven crazy by the offers of upgrades to macOS High Sierra, here is my holiday gift to you: hide the upgrade banner, which should turn off the reminders:
- Open up the Mac App store.
- Click on “Updates.”
- Right-click or Control-click (hold down the “Control” key while clicking) on the High Sierra banner image, and select “Hide Update.”
If you eventually decide that you want to install High Sierra, just go to the App Store Featured page and look for it on the right.