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Formatting Syllabi in Word (or any other Word document)

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)

What is a screen reader?

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?

Learning Glass – a different kind of blackboard

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