Growing Online learning Conference Videos Now Available

Growing Online Learning Conference Recordings Now Available

Couldn’t attend the Growing Online Learning Conference this past month? Not to worry, all the sessions were recorded so you can watch them when and where you want. You can find videos and information about each session on the ILLCO site here, but we’ve also cross-posted it here. Accessibility: A Civil Right Vance Martin, Ph.D.Campus[…]

Accessible Social media: making Facebook, Twitter and instagram more accessible

Making Social Media More Accessible: A Guide to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Whether you use social media in your classes, to promote on-campus organizations and events, or just for your own personal and professional engagement, it’s important to make sure that your audience has equal opportunity to see and read what you’re sharing.

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[…]

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[…]

Creating Accessible PDFs

Accessibility Series: Creating Accessible PDFs

PDFs are one of the most common file formats found in COD courses and it’s likely that everything from your syllabus to the course reading materials is in PDF form. That ubiquitousness is why it’s so critical to ensure that the PDFs in your course are accessible. Here, we’ll explain how an accessible PDF is[…]

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,[…]

Total Access: Understanding and Applying Universal Design

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[…]

Creating Accessible Content: Videos

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[…]