Crafting Accessible Emails

How to Craft an Accessible Email

Emails are often an overlooked area for accessibility but because they are commonly the primary means (aside from Bb course announcements) of communication with students, it’s critical to make sure that accessibility best practices are also applied to emails. What does that mean? We’ll show you! Most instructors are going to be using Outlook when[…]

Captioning Made Easy with Yuja

Captioning Made Easy with Yuja

The good folks in the Learning Technologies office have already blogged about captioning using YouTube. With this post, I want to show you one more awesome thing about Yuja (in addition to adding quizzes in videos, and syncing that with the Blackboard gradebook. Yuja does the captioning for you. That’s it. That’s the post. Let[…]

Tips for making collaborate more accessible

Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra with Accessibility in Mind

In order to serve any COD students who may need accommodations (and to help our those who may just have different learning preferences), all Collaborate Ultra sessions, especially those you’re doing synchronously, need to have captions. In order to make it possible to add captions, you have to: 1) Record the sessions 2) Make it[…]

Tech to Try: 3 Free Web-based Accessibility Checkers

While Ally is a great tool for assessing if the content items in your course are accessible, it doesn’t check everything. What about the content of webpages that you’re using in your course (or, gasp, your course page itself)? How do you assess if the contrast is good, you have all images tagged with alt-text,[…]

The Ally IncluCity Tour Is Heading to College of DuPage

Ally is bringing its IncluCity tour to College of DuPage next week and you can take part! There will be several fun and engaging learning opportunities over the two days the tour will be here, touching not only on Blackboard Ally but also on larger accessibility issues. You’ll find the full schedule below as well[…]

Creating Accessible PowerPoints: 6 Things to Do for Greater Usability

It’s not uncommon for instructors to share PowerPoint slides used in class with students. This can be a great way to help students study, take better notes, or just catch up if they were out for the day. However, it’s also not uncommon for these presentations to lack accessibility. Here, we’ll take a look at[…]

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.