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|From Midd to MIIS|
|John Elder, Env. Studies
|Sheila Cameron, Provost’s Office
|Chris Spencer, Communications and Marketing
|Demetrius Borge, Communications and Marketing
|Molly Anderson, Food Studies
Mar 21-April 3
|Danielle Rougeau, Library
|Susan Baldridge, Provost
|Pam Berenbaum, Sociology/Anthropology
Mar 29- April 4
|Orion Lewis, Political Science
|Kathy Foley, ISSS
Representatives from Cigna will continue to visit the Middlebury campus several more times in March through April, 2017. On-site visits are reserved for private, one-one-one meetings between employees and a Cigna representative. If you have a question about your medical or dental benefits, please make an appointment to speak with our local representative at:
The IRS requires that all flexible spending account (FSA) transactions – even those made using an FSA debit card – be substantiated. This means that the eligibility of each transaction must be supported by an itemized bill or explanation of benefits. Substantiation is the participant’s responsibility, however our FSA provider, myCafeteriaPlan, monitors FSA accounts and contacts participants, as needed, to remind them of missing documentation.
There are several options for submitting FSA claims and providing substantiation:
- If you file FSA claims with a paper form through the USPS or fax, and include a valid receipt or Explanation of Benefits with your FSA claims, your substantiation obligation has been met, and you are not required to do anything further.
- If you file claims using the myCafeteriaPlan web portal or mobile app, and upload scanned or photographed itemized receipts or Explanations of Benefits at time of claim submission your obligation will have been met.
- If you use your FSA “Benny” card to pay for services you must take extra steps to provide the required substantiation for all claims except for prescriptions (which auto-substantiate). HR recommends that users submit receipts or Explanations of Benefits to myCafeteriaPlan immediately after using the Benny card to ensure uninterrupted FSA access and to avoid tax consequences. Receipts or Explanations of Benefits can by submitted via mail, fax, the web portal or the mobile app.
To help the Plan and our members remain in compliance with IRS rules myCafeteriaPlan will reach out to participants to request missing substantiation. Depending on users’ account settings this contact may be via work or home email address, USPS mail, the myCafeteriaPlan web portal or the mobile app. If you receive a request for substantiation from myCafeteriaPlan please respond promptly; if you do not respond within 68 days from the first correspondence, your FSA Benny Card will be put on temporary hold until proper documentation is received and ultimately there will be tax consequences. Remember, documentation can be easily submitted via the online portal, mycafeteriaplan.com, or via Mobile App, fax or mail.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact myCafeteriaPlan at 1-800-865-6543 or Human Resources at (802) 443-3372.
If you have yet to set up your access to the member portal for mycafeteriaplan.com, please do so today! It’s easy – just follow the instructions at this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/new_user_login_information_extended.pdf .
February 28, 2017
Guests: Jeremy Dean and Nate Angell
The ACTT Core Team met with Jeremy (Director of Education) and Nate (Director of Marketing) from Hypothes.is ( https://hypothes.is ). This followed A two-week “facilitated online experience” using Hypothes.is was led by Sean and Jeremy from late January to early February, and Joe, Sean, and Jeremy had a previous conversation about Middlebury adopting Hypothes.is.
What is Hypothes.is?
- All-purpose annotation tool.
- Can be used for fact-checking.
- Non-profit, open model.
- Brings back the idea of an annotated web, dropped in early Mozilla projects.
- Text is highlighted and links to annotations, which can be text, urls, audio, and video.
- Uses the W3C adopted standards for online annotation.
- Groups can be created to filter annotations. Ex. MiddAnnotate
- Can be used as a commenting feature in a document.
- Adding annotations requires an account.
- Can be installed as a Chrome browser plugin.
Plugins and Integrations
- There is a plugin for WordPress
- Creates an experience similar to CommentPress
- Is not theme dependent.
- Canvas plugin
- Can be used within Canvas, inline with pdfs.
- Can be an assignment submission type
- Can be assessed in the SpeedGrader.
- Plugins are not browser-dependent.
- Can be self-hosted, not recommended.
Challenges and Questions
- What happens when content changes?
- Answer released next week.
- All annotations are saved.
- If content changes, annotations will appear in an “orphans” tab.
- Annotations can be loaded using Internet Archive.
- Robot.txt files can block archiving.
- Diigo is similar, can you import content?
- If it uses the W3C standards
- Annotations can be exported.
- Currently, import and export for Hypothesis are supported via API. John Udell has an export utility that uses API: https://jonudell.info/h/facet.html
- Browser limitations.
- Content behind a pay-wall has limitations.
- Some answers are available in the FAQ ( https://hypothes.is/faq/ ).
Middlebury and Hypothes.is
- Some faculty and programs are using Hypothes.is.
- Accounts are not tied to Middlebury authentication.
- Course use vs. Institutional adoption
- Agreement is currently between the faculty and student for course use.
- Institutional adoption would involve:
- Integrating with existing systems (Canvas, WordPress, etc.).
- Using Middlebury authentication credentials
- Require adherence to security and data standards.
- Jeremy will share Education Offering documentation with team (DONE).
- Joe will share Data Classification Policy with Jeremy (DONE).
- Team will have a follow up meeting to discuss.
- Jeremy will keep the Team informed on Hypothes.is development.
Human Resources is pleased to announce that staff member Jan Dahlstrom has earned her Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™) certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute. HRCI is the premier professional credentialing organization for the worldwide human resource management profession.
To earn this nationally-recognized credential Jan had to pass a rigorous examination to demonstrate her mastery of foundational Human Resources topics such as: HR operations, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, development and retention, employee relations, and health, safety, and security.
Please take a moment to congratulate Jan on her professional accomplishment.