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 UAF eCampus's Collection of Resources for Building Better Courses All Pedagogy TopicsReference the Glossary Accessibility Make your course work for everyone. Accessibility is defined by Microsoft in their Inclusive Design Manual as “the qualities...

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.

Strategies for emotionally connecting with students

Emotionally connecting with students supports engagement and helps ensure high-quality teaching and learning outcomes. Here are some strategies to help students develop connections with the course content, the instructor and their peers.

Propose a Community Seminar

Community Seminars in Teaching and Learning are led by faculty who’ve had success with a particular aspect of or approach to teaching and learning — i.e. contract-based grading, online accessibility, hybrid teaching, etc. Faculty facilitators discuss their experiences...

Is your course organized?

There is no one right way to organize a course, but there are some basic principles that will help students navigate and stay on path.

Course Spotlight – ART/COJO 464/664

Join eCampus instructional designers and selected faculty as we take a peek into their quality online courses at UAF. Every two weeks we will be presenting a new online course and hosting a Q/A session via Zoom. Have a look inside other courses on our course showcase...

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...