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My Qwickly’s Broken: How to Troubleshoot Errors in Your Attendance Record

Is Qwickly acting up? Just keeps loading forever and nothing ever happens? Here’s what you can do to resolve your issue and who to contact if you can’t. If your Attendance Record loads indefinitely and you’re using a PC, first be sure that you are using Mozilla Firefox to access it. Chrome does not currently function with[…]

Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Student Presentations

Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Student Presentations

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra can be a great tool for many different kinds of course activities, but it’s not just for instructors. You can also utilize it for student presentations. Through Collaborate Ultra, students can share a PowerPoint or other supplemental materials with their audience and speak directly to you and their fellow classmates. This can[…]

Introduction to Ally Understanding Alternative Formats

Introduction to Ally: Understanding Alternative Formats

Ally will be rolling out to all courses (read our article on what Ally is here) in Blackboard, starting in the summer of 2019. So what will that mean for you as the instructor? One of the changes that you’ll see will be the addition of alternative formats for the content in your course. If[…]

Using Blackboard Collaborate for Language Learning 5 Ways

5 Ways to Use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Language Learning

There are a lot of ways that Blackboard Collaborate Ultra can be a useful tool for learning (and one that’s often underutilized given the positive research on its use) but it can be especially helpful for those teaching foreign language classes, online or off. Here, we’ll discuss some of the ways that Collaborate Ultra can[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Web Accessibility Part II: Accessibility Law

Accessibility By the Books: Understanding and Following Disability Law

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[…]