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Virtual AHA FAQ

What is Virtual AHA?

Virtual AHA is an ongoing platform of online opportunities to bring together communities of historians, build professional relationships, discuss scholarship, and engage in professional and career development. A service to our members, Virtual AHA provides a forum for discussing common issues, building research networks, and broadening and maintaining our professional community. It also provides resources for online teaching and professional and career development.

Virtual AHA includes online teaching sessions, career development workshops, History Behind the Headlines webinars, National History Center programming, and more. Many of the online events will be available for later viewing on the AHA YouTube channel.

Is there a charge to participate?

No. Virtual AHA is free, and AHA membership is not required to register.

Is there a Code of Conduct for participants and attendees of Virtual AHA?

Yes. Webinars are covered by the Code of Professional Conduct at Officially Sanctioned AHA Activities; see our Virtual AHA Policies page for details. We have also developed these tips on webinar etiquette.

Are webinars captioned?

All staff-produced Virtual AHA webinars will have automated live captioning. See the live captioning guide for details. Due to technical constraints, interactive workshops and/or events that feature breakout groups cannot be automatically captioned. Please email virtualaha@historians.org at least two weeks before the scheduled workshop or event to request captioning. This will allow time to arrange for captioning for those discussions. If you are unsure if the virtual event you are interested in will be live captioned, please contact virtualaha@historians.org.

Are professional development certificates available for webinar attendees?

Certificates are not automatically provided, but a letter of participation is available on request; contact virtualaha@historians.org. Letters will be provided after the webinar upon confirming attendance for the duration of a webinar.

Do you have guidelines for speakers?

See our Best Practices for Webinar Participants for useful hints about cameras, lighting, microphones, bandwidth, and what to do if your WiFi goes out during your presentation. Chairing a session? Consult our guidelines for chairs.

How will Virtual AHA sessions be advertised?

All sessions will be posted on the Virtual AHA website. The AHA will also market the program via social media and email. Participants and attendees are encouraged to continue the discussion on social media using the #VirtualAHA hashtag.

Will Virtual AHA offer opportunities to network and connect with fellow historians?

Yes. The AHA plans to organize occasional web-based networking events. 

Can I submit a proposal to participate in Virtual AHA?

Virtual AHA programing is developed by the AHA’s divisions and committees on topics that serve our members, advance their missions, or reflect current organizational priorities and initiatives.

Feel free to contact us at virtualaha@historians.org if you have additional questions.