Blackboard’s Accessibility Report

View the Blackboard Accessibility Report to review your uploaded content to see how these files might be accessed by someone with a disability. To look at the report from Blackboard look at the Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Accessibility Report. If you...

Open resources for accessibility

Accessibility is a topic appearing in mainstream conversation with increasing frequency. When it comes to making course materials inclusive and accessible, there are a variety of open tools available.

Growing Accessibility: Corn-sider New Options

August 12th-15th, 19th-22nd 12:00-12:30pm 131 Bunnell or Virtual via Zoom Join the UAF eCampus Designers for Growing Accessibility, an eight-day series of short sessions focused on ways to immediately integrate accessibility into your workflow.  Sign in using this...

How UAF instructors are improving accessibility

What does it mean for an online course to be accessible? How do you begin to make it accessible? Many UAF instructors have already gone through the journey of addressing accessibility in their courses. Here, several of them share their experiences on the challenges and benefits.

Sharing the responsibility of accessibility

If you are teaching an online course at UAF, you have a clear support structure to provide reasonable accommodations for students. Here, UAF eCampus and UAF Disability Services detail available resources and the responsibilities that are shared with instructors.

Introducing Blackboard Ally, a new accessibility tool

Blackboard Ally is a new accessibility tool coming to UAF Blackboard on October 6, 2018. It is integrated software that automatically scans your uploaded course files and materials, looking for common accessibility issues. It provides insight into the course’s level of accessibility and feedback on how the content can be improved for better quality and usability for everyone. It will also generate alternative formats on demand using machine learning algorithms. Read on in this Teaching Tip to familiarize yourself with Blackboard Ally.

4: Inclusivity and Accessibility

EPIC: Home Activities Discussion Case Studies Resources Inclusivity and accessibility are not controversial goals. But achieving them has not always taken priority in the design of learning in higher education. We will look at these issues through the frameworks of...

iTeach+ Accessibility

3pm: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Join Sean Holland and Jennifer Moss for discussion on accessibility in your course and course materials.

Accessibility

Pedagogy Resources Your guide to better teaching.  Table of ContentsGlossary Accessibility Make your course work for everyone. Accessibility is defined by Microsoft in their Inclusive Design Manual as “the qualities that make an experience open to all.” The IMS Global...

Building accessibility into online Blackboard courses

Blackboard provides built-in mechanisms to ensure online content adheres to accessibility standards for its static structure. Once content or third party elements like multimedia and links to resources are added, there are steps you take to maintain accessibility. As you begin adding course content in Blackboard, be mindful of what the end result may look like using a screen reader.

Accessibility and online course content

Not everyone accesses online content in the same ways. This is true across various media including text, images, audio, and video. Planning your online course content to be accessible to as many people as possible ensures that more student can benefit from the information you share. Thinking proactively about the accessibility of your course content can also make the process of working with Disability Services faster and easier when a student in your class requests accommodation.

Are you ready to be Googled?

It’s probably old news to you that it matters what appears when people Google you. However, the pesky thing about managing your web presence is that it’s a continual practice. Here are tips to help you spruce up your online image.

Use Zoom videoconferencing in your courses

Many UAF instructors rely on Google Hangouts or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to facilitate synchronous sessions in their courses. There’s a new tool on the block: Zoom Meetings. Let’s run through what can be accomplished by meeting in Zoom, the new videoconferencing...

How course design can help students succeed

You may or may not know about all of the challenges your students are facing. The pedagogical framework of Universal Design for Learning can help accommodate these needs and provide more flexibility while maintaining academic rigor.

2019 iTeach Agenda

iTeach 2019 Agenda This iTeach is a 3-day, live event to get you to rethink your course and kickstart your course development.      Monday Time Session + Slides Description 9:00-9:30 Welcome Welcome to iTeach 2019! 9:30-10:00 Icebreaker Introductions and...

Accurate video captions in minutes

UAF eCampus, in collaboration with OIT, is excited to announce the launch of a new auto-captioning service in Kaltura. It is faster and more accurate than Kaltura’s previous service and makes it easy to edit your captions once they’ve been created. Captions and searchable transcripts have big benefits for all your students, so if you use video content in your course, now is a great time to learn how it works.

Quality Courses

Pedagogy Resources Your guide to better teaching.  Table of ContentsGlossary Quality Courses Content, Presence, Engagement What is a quality course? A quality online course utilizes a variety of instructional strategies to guide learners as a cohort toward a...

Animate your course banner

The GIF format is ideal for creating animated images and they are commonly used to propagate memes, grab attention, succinctly explain a step-by-step process and otherwise communicate visual information quickly. We see them in news articles, our social media feeds and even in instruction. Is a GIF an element you would consider incorporating into the banner image of your online course?

Make your Google Docs accessible

If you use Google Docs in your online course or share them electronically with your face-to-face students make sure they are readable. Some students use a screen reader to assist them. Here are three tips with the needed steps to make your Google Docs more usable.

Apply Universal Design to your course

Universal Design is a collection of principles for making an experience inclusive for a range of users with consideration to age, ability, size and any other condition that causes them to be more or less successful interacting with the world. It is an approach to design that intentionally means to benefit many individuals and it can be applied to course design.

Blackboard FAQ

Pedagogy Resources Your guide to better teaching.  Table of ContentsGlossary Find solutions to the most often asked questions about Blackboard Refer to this page often! How do I… Assessments and Grades Remove extra total columns? when your course is copied, sometimes...

Improve your course with help from a review rubric

As a new semester approaches you should be thinking about making some improvements to your course. There are many review rubric resources available that will help prompt you into making revisions that will better support your students. This week’s tip will share information about some of these helpful resources.

Simplify video with Kaltura MediaSpace Go

Student-created video is a great way to increase engagement and presentation skills. However, recording and upload options could be simpler. The mobile app Kaltura MediaSpace Go solves this by letting students and instructors upload, view and download video using their mobile devices.