This spring, College of DuPage will be piloting a new tool for Blackboard called Ally, with the goal of a full rollout later in 2019. Haven’t heard of it? You’re not alone. Here, we explain just what Ally is and what it does for both instructors and students.
Have a question about how to make your courses more accessible? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick and easy cheat sheet with links to information on every kind of accessibility issue you can think of that might impact your courses and your students.
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[…]
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[…]
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,[…]
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, better known as WCAG, are a series of web accessibility guidelines created by the Web Accessibility Initiative, a branch of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). WCAG is geared towards serving those with disabilities, but also provide guidance on creating websites that are accessible for ALL users by laying out[…]
What Is Alt Text? Alt or alternate text is an HTML attribute added to an image (it lives within the IMG tag and appears here, bolded for emphasis <img src=’image location” alt=””>). Alt text serves a couple of different purposes: It helps search engines properly understand and index images. It is displayed in the place[…]
It’s impossible to have a discussion about accessibility without touching on universal design. While accessibility often focuses on making things easier for those with disabilities to use, universal design goes a step further, creating an ideal model where usability is maximized for everyone. Sound interesting? It is! Even better, it’s broken down into some basic[…]
Video content can be an excellent way to enrich your course, but visual and auditory disabilities can make it difficult for some students to benefit. Luckily, making videos fully accessible is both fairly straightforward and easy to find assistance with (we can help). First, it’s useful to understand just what makes video content accessible and[…]
By and large, technology has been an incredible tool for learners with a disability, improving their independence and allowing them to utilize resources that they wouldn’t have had access to in years past. However, it hasn’t been a perfect solution. Many types of tech also come with barriers that can make it difficult for those[…]