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Captions as Universal Design

Increasingly, studies are being released that suggest that video captions help more than just D/deaf or hard of hearing students.* I recently watched a webinar on the “e-accessibility” movement at the University of Cincinnati that focused heavily on captioning and made captions the first step to a universal design environment for students. So how can captions help all types of… Read more →

Learning on the Go: Blackboard Mobile Apps

First, two introductory videos. Then…the good stuff!   Blackboard’s first mobile app, Mobile Learn, was intended to provide instructors and students easy access to their course material on. Since its birth, Blackboard has moved to a persona-based approach in order to provide more specific and useful functionality to users with different roles, so they can accomplish more tasks on the… Read more →

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Alternate Text: a Primer

Post-secondary institutions are required to grant all students equal access to course materials and information. When you use images in your PowerPoint presentations, class documents, or other media, you risk making your course inaccessible to certain groups of students. The way to make images accessible to all students is by creating alternative text, or alt text, which describes the image. Alt… Read more →

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Summer 2016 Blackboard Upgrade

This Blackboard upgrade will be a fairly minor one – many of the updates are happening on the back end, which won’t impact the student and instructor experiences at all. However, there are a few highlights we’d like to bring to your attention. Tool Changes and Improvements Announcements When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default. This… Read more →

Content Delivery in Blackboard

Creating and delivering content in Blackboard is fairly straightforward, but since there are so many tools to create content, an overview can’t hurt! Before we get to the technical “how-to”s, here are a few quick tips for your online content: When creating content for your course, try to use more than one format. Different formats are much more accessible to… Read more →

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Organizing Your Course

Knowing the best way to organize your content for students is just as important as knowing how to put that content on Blackboard.  In a fully online course, your students’ primary contact with the course, the College, and with you as the instructor is the Blackboard content and interactive tools. Even in a blended course environment, the organization and accessibility… Read more →

Accessible Design Benefits All

Researchers are finding that courses built for accessibility can actually benefit all learners – not just student(s) with documented disabilities. The scope of what we mean by “building” or “designing” can range from a fully-online course to a traditional course that houses a few documents or resources on Canvas – blended learning. Likewise, the scope of who we mean when we… Read more →