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Accessibility in Microsoft PowerPoint

It’s very fun to create vibrant, decorative PowerPoint presentations, but it’s important not to go overboard. Aesthetics are nice, but the end goal of your course is to teach your students. If the color contrast, images, etc. are getting in the way of the content, it’s time to rethink your design. Additionally, although slide transitions can be exciting, they can… Read more →

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Accessibility in Microsoft Word

Microsoft has published an exhaustive article pertaining to screen readers and Word, and many of the conventions content creators use can apply to Word just as they would to HTML or other documents. There are, of course, some techniques specific to Word, which will be addressed here. Microsoft has also released a short video discussing accessibility and Word: Reading Order and… Read more →

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Textbook Accessibility

Textbooks Since the development of e-readers, many major publishers will release textbooks in a digital as well as print format. Digital books are often more accessible, and even students without disabilities may prefer digital textbooks because they are less expensive and lighter than print versions (among other benefits). However, smaller publishers and independent publishers may not release digital editions. Your… Read more →

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Accessibility and Color Contrast

Contrast has to do with the readability of text in documents or web pages. If the background color is too close to the text color, users with low vision, low quality monitors, bad lighting, or users on mobile devices may be unable to successfully read the information. Color contrast can also affect users who are colorblind. The easiest way to… Read more →

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Accessibility: Not just a civil right

A recent article published by EDUCAUSE Review makes the case that framing ‘accessibility’ as a civil right is perhaps the most effective way to gain the attention of college faculty, staff, administrators, and students. That’s because a potential civil rights violation is assumed, by many, to be a serious matter that could put the organization’s finances and reputation at risk. While… 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 →