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July 2019

HighEdWeb 2019: Early-Bird Registration Deadline

July 31, 2019

Today is the day if you wish to take advantage of the $795 early-bird registration rate for this year's HighEdWeb Conference - to be held in Milwaukee, WI!! For additional information regarding HighEdWeb 2019 visit our event details page for this conference.

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August 2019

WordCamp Birmingham

August 10, 2019 - August 11, 2019
Homewood City Hall Homewood, AL United States + Google Map

At a glance: Registration: $50 (view registration details) Venue: Rosewood Hall at Homewood City Hall (view venue details) Sessions: (view schedule details) For more information visit the WordCamp Birmingham homepage.

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WebTide Monthly Meetup: Fall Kickoff Luncheon

August 20, 2019 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Surin of Thailand, 1402 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, AL 35401 United States
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For our August meetup we will be hitting the road for a delicious field trip to Surin Thai! Come hang out with other WebTiders as catch up together and gear up for an exciting and productive fall semester. Please take a moment to fill out the WebTide Fall Lunch RSVP form if you will be joining us so we know how large a group we should plan for.

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September 2019

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Visualizing Text Information With a Bit of Machine Learning

September 17, 2019 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A232 Gordon Palmer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL United States + Google Map

Jason Phillips from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment will present a case study of a web-facing text visualization project built to aid in the exploration of a large set of survey comments. Along the way, he’ll give a brief introduction to the topic of machine learning and its uses, and will describe some of the simpler ways you can take advantage of publicly available tools to make sense of messy data.

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Circles Design/UX Conference

September 18, 2019 - September 20, 2019
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts Richardson, TX United States + Google Map

Circles Conference is a three-day design and development conference by Circles Co., bringing together designers and makers from around the globe. Learning from transformative thinkers and connecting with like-minded innovators, Circles provides a space where you’ll be challenged to push yourself in the creative process while drawing inspiration from those thriving in the industry. During this conference, you’ll be empowered with resources and action-driven knowledge to help you pursue excellence in your craft. At the end of the experience, you’ll…

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STORY Creative Conference

September 19, 2019 - September 20, 2019
Nashville, TN Nashville, TN United States + Google Map

STORY is an immersive, two-day conference-style gathering designed to inspire, challenge and equip artists, creators and storytellers who work in a variety of industries. STORY is an event where you’ll be stretched by innovative talks and unique performances in an immersive, transformational atmosphere. Bring your team to regroup and redefine your process as you set out to push past your organizational goals. Or come to discover a supportive community of forward-thinkers and visionaries to champion you as you set out…

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Accessing Higher Ground Accessibility Conference: Early-Bird Deadline

September 25, 2019

Today is the day if you still wish to take advantage of the $499 early-bird registration rate for this year’s Accessing Higher Ground Conference – to be held in Westminster, CO!! For additional information regarding Accessing Higher Ground, visit our event details page for this conference.

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October 2019

HighEdWeb 2019

October 13, 2019 - October 16, 2019
Wisconsin Center Milwaukee, WI United States + Google Map

HighEdWeb 2019 is the annual conference for higher education professionals exploring the unique digital issues facing colleges and universities. The Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) is the international organization of professionals working to design, develop, manage and map the future of digital in higher education. Each fall, we come together at our Annual Conference and our related master-class intensive Academies, and we remain active year-round via our online member community and our LINK Online Journal. At a Glance Registration…

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WebTide Monthly Meetup: Keeping WordPress Safe at UA

October 15, 2019 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A232 Gordon Palmer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL United States + Google Map

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and to help us celebrate the WebTide way Cooper Leach from the OIT security team will be presenting a brief chat on the current state of WordPress security on campus and what efforts are currently underway to help keep sites across UA safe and sound.

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November 2019

Adobe MAX Digital Design Conference

November 4, 2019 - November 6, 2019
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA United States + Google Map

Visit Adobe MAX 2019 to perfect your skills, learn from your design heroes, and explore what's next for creatives. MAX is the perfect place to find the inspiration you need to create your best work. At a glance: Registration: early-bird discount of $500 off; expires April 30 (view registration details) Venue: Los Angeles, CA Sessions: (view session catalog) For more information, visit the Adobe MAX 2019 homepage.

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Accessing Higher Ground Accessibility Conference

November 18, 2019 - November 22, 2019
Westin Westminster Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CO United States

This conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of: Accessible media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting Legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources Accessing Higher Ground is intended for: Individuals who need to design or provide accessible Web, media, information resources and technology in the academic and business environment Faculty and administrators interested in ADA & Section…

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Accessing Higher Ground – Virtual Conference Session Viewing

November 18, 2019 - November 22, 2019
A232, A342 Gordon Palmer Hall

The Center for Instructional Technology will be streaming the 2019 Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference, and you’re invited! Sessions from all five days of the conference will be streamed live in A232 and A342 Gordon Palmer Hall, Monday, November 18–Friday, November 22. Drop by for a session or stay for the entire event, and feel free to bring your lunch (and your friends!). Registration is not required. For more information check out the CIT virtual conference viewing event page for…

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WebTide Monthly Meetup: Tools and Resources from UA Web Teams

November 19, 2019 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A232 Gordon Palmer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL United States + Google Map

Join us as we discuss web tools used across the UA community! Prior to our meetup, we are looking to get a little feedback from WebTide members on the tools and resources you use in your day to day work. Visit our survey to participate!

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December 2019

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Holiday Lunch Social

December 19, 2019 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rock ‘N Roll Sushi, 2229 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States

Join us Thursday, December 19, at Rock'n'Roll Sushi downtown for a scrumptious lunch get-together and catch up with UA colleagues after a busy and productive 2019!!! RSVP Note: If you will be attending, be sure to accept this month's meeting invitation on your UA Exchange calendar. We will use your invite response as your official RSVP to help us plan how many seats we should lock in at the restaurant!

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January 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: All About Agile

January 21, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A232 Gordon Palmer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL United States

John Hawkins, Director of Web Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be presenting All About Agile Project Management - a conversation highlighting how Agile works as a process, and how SCRUM/Sprint-based development methods can be used in web teams.

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February 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Under the Hood of UA LMS

February 18, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A232 Gordon Palmer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL United States

Now that UA LMS has been on campus for six months, HR Learning and Development wants to rollout new online features that support professional development and develop new campus partnerships. UA LMS Administrator, Lacee Nisbett, wants to hear our feedback on the current system design and ideas on how digital tools in the LMS can better support training needs on campus.

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March 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: COVID-19 and Academic Continuity

March 24, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online Tuscaloosa, AL United States

In conference with our scheduled speaker, we have decided to postpone the Alabama Digital Humanities Center topic for a later session - so that our 3/24 meetup can be wholly devoted to the current campus COVID-19 online response and associated academic continuity initiatives. This will be an open forum dialog for comparing notes on digital response efforts now underway across campus, and for collaborating on opportunities for assisting one another through this unique set of challenges. Join us at:

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April 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Single sign on at the University of Alabama with OIT Enterprise Development & Application Support (EDAS)

April 21, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A232 Gordon Palmer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL United States

We hope this finds everyone having a healthy and productive month! Join us for an online meetup as Joey Stowe and Brian Jones from OIT EDAS present “Single sign on at the University of Alabama”. Some specific topics will include: What is SSO What is CAS/Shibboleth SSO protocols (CAS/SAML) Steps for setting up SSO 2 factor authentication What are attributes What attributes can you request (and which ones you can’t) How to configure a client to use SSO WebTide CAS…

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May 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Alabama Digital Humanities Center

May 19, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A232 Gordon Palmer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL United States

Join us as Anne Ladyem McDivitt, Assistant Professor and Digital Humanities Librarian with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, highlights how web technologies are being used on campus for pedagogical purposes. She will discuss using web tools to encourage student learning in their subject areas as well as in web literacy. WebTide meetings are for community members - to receive email updates and links to our monthly Zoom meetups, contact us to join!

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June 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: The UA System Scholars Institute Presents “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Using Technology to Bridge Connections”

June 16, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom Online Meetup Tuscaloosa, AL United States

Melissa Green from the Center for Instructional Technology will be joining us this month to share highlights and experiences from this year’s UA System Scholars Institute series. The Scholars Institute fosters a shared community of knowledge among members of the three UA System campuses. This summer’s online series includes live presentations, panel discussions, Q&As and other ways to discuss current challenges and opportunities in the use of technology in teaching and learning. Presentations align with the institute theme, “Diversity, Equity,…

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July 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Tools & Resources from UA Web Teams – Homework Edition

July 21, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
A232 Gordon Palmer Hall Tuscaloosa, AL United States

Every year we devote a meetup to share and discuss the tools are in use in web groups across campus that help everyone efficiently run on all cylinders. This year however, as we all know, teamwork has become a very different picture. No longer are we walking across halls for a quick confab, or sharing tips in conference rooms after a webinar. We now huddle onto Zoom, share code snippets on Slack and compare notes with workmates across intricately elaborate…

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August 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Running Digital Events in a COVID-19 World

August 18, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom Online Meetup Tuscaloosa, AL United States

On the heels of hosting a successful digital conference in July, Rachel Cherry from WPCampus (and WebTide alum!) will be joining us to talk about technologies developed by the WPCampus community to support live event broadcasts, the efforts undertaken to ensure accessible usability, and the role digital platforms can play to build collaborative and educational experiences.

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September 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Effectively Communicating Statistics Online – A Discussion with Developer David Marconnet

September 15, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom Online Meetup Tuscaloosa, AL United States

For our September session, we are excited to host developer David Marconnet who will share his work to bring engaging visual context to the mountain of COVID-19 data collected daily from schools and agencies across the state of Alabama. Discussed topics will range from the technical nuts and bolts of information management to navigating content production decisions in rapidly changing circumstances. A survey link will be sent to WebTide members in our September community email to submit potential questions…

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October 2020

October in WebTide: Adobe MAX & HighEdWeb Week!

October 19, 2020 - October 21, 2020

With many web colleagues across UA excited to participate in this year's free (FREE!) AdobeMAX and HighEdWeb conferences during our usual meetup timeframe, we are happy to announce that we have worked with OIT's Cooper Leach to move our previously scheduled October 20th presentation (Cybersecurity at UA - Keeping Wordpress Safe) to an upcoming, future date. This now means that all WebTide colleagues will have more of an opportunity to get plugged in to the creative and professional growth session…

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November 2020

WebTide Monthly Meetup: Project Spotlight – College of Arts & Sciences Homepage Redesign

November 17, 2020 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom Online Meetup Tuscaloosa, AL United States

This month we are delighted to host a project spotlight as members from the Arts & Sciences eTech team will be presenting a chat on the recent A&S homepage redesign launched by the group early this fall. Covered details will range from design evolution to content user research undertaken - as well as the impact of the launch on department-level projects produced afterward.

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December 2020

Wishing Everyone a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season!

December 31, 2020

As the year winds down - with Zoom meetings a-plenty still on the books and everyone rushing to get end-of-year projects out the door - we will not be having a dedicated meetup this month. Don't fear however, there will be more WebTide community events just around the corner! Here is wishing everyone a fantastic and restful holiday break - and a hopeful new year. Call for 2021 WebTide Session Proposals Is there a cool project you or your team…

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January 2021

It’s a brand new year!

January 31

With the spring semester now fully rolling in - web teams across campus are working hard to get things off to a smooth and productive start. This also means that time is at a premium for most groups at the moment - so we will be waiting until February to catch up with everyone and kick off a new year of awesome new WebTide discussions. Best of luck to all, and can't wait to see you next month! Call for 2021…

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February 2021

February Meetup: Creative Productivity in a Virtual Workspace – A WebTide Topics Conversation

February 16 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As web groups across campus continue to engage in virtual-hybrid teamwork, tools and processes are always adapting as we help our areas stay productive. Sometimes this means shifting to new software. Sometimes it means developing new workflows and communication channels. What is currently working for your team? What methods do you use to stay plugged in with your management and clients? What challenges have you encountered that you learned from? Come join in the conversation! We are excited to present…

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March 2021

March Meetup: Managing Policies Online at UA

March 16 / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Did you know that policies are now managed centrally in the Office of Compliance, Ethics, and Regulatory Affairs?  Get an overview of the process for getting policies approved and posted to the web, and get a sneak peak of the new functionality that will be coming to the UA Policy webpage soon!

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April 2021

April Meetup: Making the Office – A WebTide Topics Conversation

April 20 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Software makes the world go around. Or is that hardware? Maybe it's Ikea shelves? To stay productive we all work hard to create spaces that help us be efficient and (relatively) free from distraction. From multiple monitors to ergonomic keyboards and yoga ball chairs - the sky is truly the limit! How have you made your space an effective one? Does your remote setup reflect your campus office or is it completely different? Are you looking to learn more about…

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