Tech to Try: Merge Cube

Tech to Try: Merge Cube

If you follow ed tech news, you know that augmented and virtual reality are huge buzzwords these days. But while the tech may look cool, cost and availability often make it something that most classrooms simply can’t support. That doesn’t have to be the case, however, as there are options for lower cost, readily available[…]

Accessibility in Blackboard

Accessibility and Blackboard: Applying WCAG 2.1 to Your Courses

Blackboard Learn is fully compatible with internationally recognized accessibility standards (WCAG 2.1) and has several built in features that allow students with impairments to engage more easily with digital content. Problem solved? Not so fast. While Blackboard has the ability to be WCAG compliant, you, the user, actually have to design your courses with accessibility[…]

Tech to Try: Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark launched in May of 2016, so it’s relatively new technology, but if you haven’t heard of it or tried it out yet, you definitely should.  In its first year it was awarded Best App of the Year by Apple (notable, considering the past animosity between Adobe and Apple) and it’s since been downloaded[…]

Creating Accessible PDFs

Accessibility Series: Creating Accessible PDFs

PDFs are one of the most common file formats found in courses today. Everything from your syllabus to course reading materials will likely be found in PDF form. That’s why it’s critical to ensure that any PDFs you’re using in your course are as accessible as it’s possible to make them. We’ll explain how you[…]

Using Blackboard Collaborate for Virtual office Hours

Quick Tip: Using Collaborate for Virtual Office Hours

Even if you’re teaching course in a traditional classroom setting, sometimes students simply may not be able to make it to in-person office hours. Having a virtual option for office hours is an easy and attractive alternative, both for students and for you as their instructor. Not only does it make it easier for students[…]

Creating Accessible Documents in Word

Accessibility Series: Creating Accessible Word Docs

While there are lots of desktop publishing solutions out there, Word is by far the most widely used. In terms of accessibility, that’s actually a great thing. Word is loaded with all kinds of features that make it really simple to check for and create documents that are readily usable to all of your students,[…]