Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Designing and Publishing with Atavist

Atavist is a great tool for writing stories, building websites, and creating interesting designs. Its interface uses a simple drag and drop interface for users to easily add blocks into their designs. Atavist can easily integrate videos, sounds, images, charts, code snippets, Twitter elements, and more.  Atavist is a great tool for dynamically presenting instructional content. It can be used in a face-to-face classroom as an alternative to standard presentation tools, or easily used online to present media rich content. It’s a great tool for students, too. Atavist can be used for students to convey reports and presentations, allowing for creating […]

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Making Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations Accessible

Accessibility checker Microsoft PowerPoint (2016 version for Windows and Mac) has a built-in accessibility checker. The tool is designed to aid an individual in determining a presentation’s accessibility issues. It does not cover all accessibility topics however, it does cover most of them and can be a time saver. The tool will scan a presentation and present a series of errors and warnings. Any issue can be reviewed by clicking on it, allowing the user to be presented with information on why and how to fix.  The accessibility checker can be accessed through the ribbon by going to File -> Check […]

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Audio Archive at the Internet Archive

The Audio Archive at the Internet Archive provides a wealth of audio recordings, including: Community audio Live music archives Free audiobooks and poetry Old radio programs and more. The Audio Archive can be used in a variety of courses, from the Humanities to the Social Sciences. Many of its recordings can easily be incorporated into an online course, a presentation, or other resource. Additionally, audio can often be used as a point of discussion for a critical classroom assessment in many situations. Take a look – Audio Archive at the Internet Archive.

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Canvas Tip: Canvas Teacher App

Did you know Canvas has a Canvas Teacher app, available for iOS and Android phones and tablets? Canvas Teacher allows teachers to manage their courses and use Canvas more efficiently from a mobile device. Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to grading submissions, communicating with students, and updating course content—three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers—through Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes. Canvas Teacher replaces the existing Android and iOS SpeedGrader apps. Please see the Canvas Teacher Mobile Guides for additional information.

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Accessibility Issues in Presentations

Creating presentations with accessibility in mind helps a variety of learners. Students with visual disabilities may need to use a screen reading device, which needs to have ADA friendly documents to ensure the device can read the content to the student. Other elements, such as headings, font size, and color, can have an effect on all viewers. Many tools, like Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Sheets, have built-in features that help with creating accessible and easily viewable presentations.  Titles & headers Presentations should always begin with an initial title slide, and each slide should have a unique header/slide title. These titles and […]

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New Staff Welcome Reception – 11/29/17

You are invited to the next New Staff Welcome Reception! Come meet and mingle with Moraine Valley’s newest staff members from across campus. The event is informal; no formal remarks will be given. Small desserts and refreshments will be served. Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m. Location: Building L Atrium For questions contact Matthew Piper, manager of Staff Training and Development, at x5553. We hope to see you there! The Center for Teaching and Learning

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Converting Word Documents to Accessible PDFs

Microsoft Word 2016 provides the ability to save documents as Adobe PDFs. This is helpful for making documents less editable by others, sending static versions for review only. Microsoft Word does provide the ability to ensure that any PDF created can be accessible by individuals using a screen reader or narration. There are several simple steps to save as an accessible PDF: Ensure your Word document is accessible through the Accessibility Checker, located at File -> Check for Issues -> Check Accessibility. Make any needed corrections. Save a copy of your original Word file, in case adjustments are needed in the […]