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Past Webinars (Event Archive)

AI, ChatGPT, and Accessibility

A discussion about the intersection of accessibility, artificial intelligence, and automation.

WEBINAR hosted by Kate Ervin with guest speaker Daniel Sommer

Wednesdsay, June 14, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific

Watch the captioned playback on YouTube

You’ve no doubt been reading about the transformative impact of AI and the game-changing GPT technology that puts AI at our fingertips. How might you harness the power of tools like ChatGPT in your day-to-day work?

In this webinar, we’ll explore some of the philosophical and existential questions that are on the minds of accessibility professionals. We’ll also demonstrate some fun and practical applications, and invite our audience to share their own ideas or projects.

Audience comments/chat will be enabled during the presentation. Following the talk, Kate & Dan will take audience questions. Captions will be provided.

Tax Strategies for Independent Contractors

WEBINAR presented by Independent Contractor Tax Advisors

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Pacific

Does it make more sense to file my taxes as a sole proprietor or an LLC? Am I saving as much money as I can? What should I do differently when my income increases or decreases?

If you've been thinking about questions like these, then join us for a webinar! A CPA from Independent Contractor Tax Advisors LLC will provide tips and strategies for independent contractors, and will explain how their back-office support can save independent contractors time, hassle, and money.

"Over 70% of independent contractors overpay their taxes because they don't know how to use an LLC to their advantage."

Independent Contractor Tax Advisors LLC is a licensed CPA firm that develops tax strategies for independent contractors, consultants, and the self-employed in every state in the U.S.

Mastering the MultiPAL

WEBINAR hosted by Kate Ervin

Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

Gone are the days when TypeWell transcribers had just a single personal dictionary for special terms and abbreviations. MultiPAL empowers the savvy transcriber to configure a personalized dictionary for each specialization or setting. With a little explanation and practice, you can master the MultiPAL!

Transcribers often share or swap computers, just like they share and swap dictionaries. The flexibility of the MultiPAL is what makes it so powerful. Let's take some time to fully understand how everything works together in the background, so you can choose to make this feature work for you, not against you.

TOPICS: understanding how the transcriber's MultiPAL works in the background • different uses for different scenarios • personal configuration of PAL profiles • backing up and transferring PAL files • precautionary tips to prevent panic • practice with importing, exporting, and managing real PAL files • practice for optimizing prep time and adding PAL entries on the fly • the all-important Q&A

This webinar involves hands-on practice, and is open to current TypeWell transcribers with a V7 Transcriber software license.

Unleash the Power of Web Linking

WEBINAR hosted by Kate Ervin

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

TypeWell's Web Linking features allow trained transcribers to work from any location, streaming text to their clients in real time. This technology—designed for live communication access—enables clients to use any computer, tablet, or mobile device connected to the Internet.

This webinar is for TypeWell transcribers and service coordinators, to help you understand exactly how this technology works.

TOPICS: understanding the technology behind streaming text • best practices and protocols for creating/saving channels • privacy considerations and protecting confidentiality • teaming with other transcribers on-site, remotely, or in combination • troubleshooting network- or campus-specific issues • tips for conferences or webcast events • Q&A

Back in the Saddle!

WEBINAR hosted by Kate Ervin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:10 AM - 11:50 AM PDT

A fun, informal session for V7 TypeWell transcribers to help you get back in the game after a long summer break....

• start-of-semester checklist
• feature updates and quick review
• a practice "first day of class" lecture.

This free 40-minute webinar is only available to current transcribers with a V7 TypeWell Transcriber software license.

Talking TypeWell: tips for educating clients, parents, teachers, and consumers about speech-to-text services

CONFERENCE CALL hosted by Kate Ervin

March 28, 2014 12:30 Pacific

Have you ever felt unprepared when a student, parent, or colleague asked you questions about TypeWell?

Are there aspects of the TypeWell system that you wish you could explain more clearly and confidently?

You're not alone!

As a transcriber, support staff member, or coordinator, you are the first and primary source of information about TypeWell for consumers who utilize speech-to-text services. You may also be charged with educating parents, peers, and educators about TypeWell. As such, you're bound to be presented with legitimate concerns and challenging questions.

Do you know what you need to know?

Join us for a candid discussion with guidelines and tips for "Talking TypeWell."

The End of TypeWell Skype Linking?

Q&A Skype call for remote TypeWell providers (hosted by Kate Ervin)

Friday, January 10, 2014 1 p.m. Pacific / 4 p.m. Eastern

A recent post on the TypeWell blog indicated that Skype plans to discontinue support for third-party add-on functions. This means that TypeWell's Skype Linking feature may cease to function in January 2014.

What does this mean for remote TypeWell service providers who previously used Skype linking? What other options do you have for remote linking? Can you still use Skype to listen to the class discussion and chat with the supported student?

Join us on Skype to get all the answers! A quick screen sharing tutorial will demonstrate just how easy it is to switch to Web Linking or StreamText Linking.

System requirements (your choice): You do not need the Premium version of Skype to participate; you just need a regular Skype account or a phone line. You can join the call with or without video.

  • Skype voice call OR
  • Skype video call OR
  • A phone line

NOTE: If you have remote assignments that begin prior to January 10 and you need help making the switch, please email us directly with questions.

Start-Up Q&A for Winter/Spring 2014

an informal question & answer session for TW service coordinators

Tuesday, January 7 9:30 a.m. Pacific / 12:30 p.m. Eastern

Calling all Service Coordinators!

January 2014 marks the start of a new school term for most of you, so you're juggling intakes, assessments, scheduling, etc. . . . not to mention lots of last-minute course and room changes!

Do you have any burning questions for TypeWell or other coordinators? Have you found some valuable tips and strategies that you'd like to share with the rest of us?

Join us for an informal Q&A to kick off the new year. This conference call is hosted by Kate at TypeWell and will be limited to 10 participants. To register and receive your call-in info, please click the Registration link below.

Shedding Light on Turbo 2

Google+ Hangout with hands-on practice

November 11, 2013 1-3PM Pacific

Calling all TypeWell V7 transcribers! Let's learn Turbo 2 TOGETHER!

Kate will review the Turbo prefixes and suffixes that you learned in Turbo 1, and then introduce and the new "leading slash" abbreviation patterns: speaker IDs, days of the week, months of the year, states and provinces, major cities, personal names, transcriber comments.

You probably won't learn them just by printing out a list, so come "hangout" with us and get some hands-on practice. (you'll need a V7 Transcriber license in order to practice the new Turbo 2 abbrevs)

FYI: Join in any time during that 2-hour block to join in the practice.

== one lucky participant will win a FREE Turbo 1 courselet (or a software credit, if you've already taken the courselet) ==

Tips for Evaluating Transcribers

Conference Call for Service Coordinators and mentors

Friday, November 1, 2013 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern

The call will be hosted by Kate Ervin, TypeWell Director of Education & Operations. Kate has been a transcriber for almost ten years, a teacher for the TypeWell Basic Skills Course since 2009.

This event is intended for coordinators, mentors, and supervisors who oversee the day-to-day work of TypeWell transcribers. Many of you have expressed that it's challenging to evaluate transcribers, especially if you're not trained as a transcriber yourself. This hangout is for you!

Kate will share some basic procedures and documents to help you efficiently evaluate the quality of your transcribers' work.

Whether you sit in on classes to observe their work in real time, or you review transcripts after class, it's important to know what to look for in a transcript.

Kate will show you 5 common "problem patterns" to look for, as well as proven strategies that you can suggest to help transcribers overcome such problems.

Join us -- together we can "demystify" the transcribing process and start improving the overall quality of your service program!

Typewell V7 Google+ Hangout

demo of new features, tech Q&A

Quick overview of TypeWell Version 7 followed by a tech Q&A. Geared toward working TypeWell transcribers and service coordinators. Bring your questions and feel free to share your own tips and best practices!

Up to 10 people can join the video call at a time, but up to 100 can take part in the text chat hangout. Community Q&A will be facilitated throughout the hour. So, even if you're not on the video call, you can submit your questions by chat for us to discuss and answer.

Remote TypeWell Google+ Hangout

resources, meet & greet, community Q&A

This is our first online Google Hangout ever, and it's especially for remote TypeWell transcribers. We'll start by sharing some quick resources and best practices (for those of you who are new to remote). Then we'll open up for a meet & e-greet so video participants can introduce themselves.

Up to 10 people can join the video call at a time, but up to 100 can take part in the text chat hangout. Community Q&A will be facilitated throughout the hour. So, even if you're not on the video call, you can submit your answers by chat for us to discuss and answer.

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