Debunking the Myth of "Just" Being an Educational Interpreter: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there additional information about the structure of the event?

The event is fully online and will continue for a week between September 13-20, 2018.

  • The webinar and online discussions are open continuously, 24 hours daily, throughout the week with new discussion topics being presented periodically.
  • There is a live video session with Dr. Melissa Smith and Dr. Laurene Simms on September 17 from 4-5 p.m. (EST).
  • There is a live Twitter chat session with Smith on September 18 from 4-5 p.m. (EST).
  • You can choose to participate in one part, several parts, or all parts of the event.

Q: Is there a charge to be involved?

There is NO cost for this training!

Q: What type of technology do I need to be involved?

To participate, you will need a computer and Internet connection with speeds great enough to view video and use videoconferencing. You only need a camera if you will be uploading discussion postings using American Sign Language (ASL). As part of forming a community, we will invite you to upload a picture of yourself (optional).

Q: Are RID CEUs available for this event?

  • RID CEUs are available through the Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID). You can earn up to .6 CEUs for the week's activities. CEUs are provided for each portion of the event.
  • The follow-up book discussion group event that discusses Smith's book More Than Meets the Eye: Revealing the Complexities of an Interpreted Education also has RID CEUs available. This event meets one week for three successive months (October-December) with up to .9 CEUs available. Registration will open for the book club in September.

Q: Do I have to be online at a specific time?
The Clerc Center's Online Community for Educational Interpreters (one of five communities) is designed so you can participate at a time convenient to you. Debunking the Myth of "Just" Being an Educational Interpreter is scheduled to include a weekend when most people have additional time to participate.

Q: How much time do I need to spend on this training?

We hope you will get involved early in the week and participate throughout the event. Try setting aside an hour a day to learn, read other people's postings, and share your ideas. You can participate with posting to the online discussion using written English or an ASL video.

Q: What if I have additional questions?

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