Planning is fully underway for the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference. This will be our first biennial conference AND the first hosted by an Instructional Resource Center.
We sincerely thank Dr. Kathy Segers, Director of Accessible Instructional Materials and Outreach Services, Tennessee School for the Blind for being our local host for the 2021 KLAS Users' Conference. We look forward to working with you to plan an informative, inspirational, and rewarding experience for all our attendees.
2021 KLAS Users' Conference Dates & Location
Here's the most crucial information to help you start your planning:
Dates: June 29-July 1, 2021
Location: Nashville, TN
Host: Tennessee Instructional Resource Center at the Tennessee School for the Blind
Thank you to everyone who's already helped get us this far, including everyone on our conference planning committees.
With the KLAS.com revamp successfully launched, we’ve started planning and looking ahead to reorganizing and redesigning KLASusers.com as well.
It’s important to us that this site can serve as a valuable resource for you, as well as a place where the user’s group can come together and collaborate on common issues. The appearance of the site isn’t as important... but we do want it to be pleasant to look at. A much higher priority is that the revamped KLASusers be easy-to-navigate and convenient to use (for all of our users—accessibility will be absolutely required in the revamp). Finally, if we’re able to add in some new features to facilitate user interaction, that’s a big plus!
We have our ideas about how to achieve all of this, but we want your feedback. Drop by Drea’s recent forum post to let us know what you’d like to see in a revamp, if there’s anything you don’t want us to change, or if you have any thoughts or feedback on our ideas below. We hope to hear from you!
A couple of examples of what we’re hoping for in the revamp:
Keystone has offered Administrator’s Training sessions several times a year at our office in Raleigh for many years. Not only does it allow us to give admins in-depth training on their own systems, but it also gives them the opportunity to get to know us and network with a few of their peers as they learn together.
However, we know travel costs are a barrier to some, and others are banned from business travel to North Carolina for political reasons. Then on top of that, we have a pandemic situation. Even Keystone staff isn’t going into the office right now, and we certainly aren't going to ask you to do so. The answer was clear...as much as we love having you in person, it’s time to offer admin training virtually.
This transition was not as simple as starting up an online meeting and carrying on the same as we do in person.
Our "Stars of Keystone's Staff" series includes some basic info and insight into one of our staff members. We hope these posts will provide you a look into who makes up our diverse, supportive, and knowledgeable staff.
This week's post shares some insider info about our Software Development Project Lead. Read on to learn something new about Brian...
Name of Staff Member: Brian White
Year Hired: 2004
Current Job Title: Software Development – Project Lead