If you’d like to find out which of your Moodle PDF files are inaccessible, you can add the “Accessibility File Scan” block. This will give you a summary of documents which are: inaccessible, minimally accessible, and those which have additional … Continue reading Are my course documents accessible? Here is one way to find out
Several people from Swarthmore attended a week long conference entitled Accessing Higher Ground in Denver, Colorado. This conference is open to anyone at Swarthmore and is one of the best conferences I have ever attended. If you want to learn … Continue reading AHG: Compelling Stuff We Learned
One of the principals in Universal Design for Learning is to provide materials in multiple formats (equitable access). Some of you may remember a time before there were curb cuts. Curb cuts came about as a result of the ADA. … Continue reading Stuff Your Mom Never Told You About Electronic Content
Along with delicious coffee provided by our in-house Coffee Barista, Dave Neal, and scrumptious treats we enjoyed a great conversation at our mini-session which focused on a couple of quick tips for formatting syllabi using Microsoft Word. When we structure … Continue reading Formatting Syllabi in Word (or any other Word document)
A screen reader is a piece of software which reads web pages and documents out loud. Originally developed for persons who were visually impaired, it is now often used for a multitude of other reasons. Many who may have learning challenges, concussion syndrome, or those who simply want to listen to their email or a web page while they do something else use screen readers. All Apple products have VoiceOver built in – from iPhones to Mac desktops. Some Android devices have TalkBack. Windows users often use tools like JAWS (available on our public machines), and NVDA. If you are … Continue reading What is a screen reader?
While attending the CSUN conference at the end of February, I visited San Diego State University to see what they might be doing with alternative classrooms and teaching. That is when I was introduced to the Learning Glass. In addition to recording all his classes using the Learning Glass, Professor Matt Anderson, started asking students to work on problems in front of the class. He reported that this increased student success rates because other students can see how their peers work through an issue, and it helps inform where students are getting stuck or where there additional explanations might be … Continue reading Learning Glass – a different kind of blackboard