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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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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 […]

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Making Microsoft Word Documents Accessible

Accessibility checker Microsoft Word (2016 version for Windows and Mac) has a built-in accessibility checker. The tool is designed to aid an individual in determining a document’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 document 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 -> […]

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Accessibility Issues in Documents

Creating documents 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 tables and links, can help everyone by having greater descriptiveness. Many tools, like Microsoft Word and Google Docs, have built-in features that help with creating accessible and well composed documents. Heading styles Heading styles are built-in to any word processing program. These styles allow for a breakdown of sections of a document, similarly creating an […]

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Accessibility is for Everyone

Ensuring anything a person creates or modifies is accessible has the added benefit of helping everyone. A created object can help people of differing abilities in unexpected ways. Documents Designing documents with accessibility in mind generally causes them to be better formatted and searchable. This enhances the design of the document itself, while maintaining all the features needed to ensure accessibility. For example, using proper headers creates a navigation structure, allowing for a user to jump around a document easily. The same structure also allows for a single click creation of a table of contents. Presentations Presentations can also have […]

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What is Web Accessibility?

Web accessibility is intended to ensure the web works for the widest possible audience. This means that any item, tool, or web element can be accessed by everyone, including those with differing abilities that may require additional elements to ensure access. Perspective through numbers A significant portion of the United States population has some form of a disability. Prevalence of disability by age, from the American Community Survey 5-year estimate, 2011-2015 Age Group Estimated Total Number Estimated with Disability Estimated Percent with Disability All Ages 311,516,332 38,601,898 12.4% Under 5 years 53,637,150 159,879 0.8% 5 to 17 years 72,307,218 2,853,439 […]

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Adding tags to images in your Canvas course

After you add an image to a course you are not done yet. You can add an image to your course then you need to edit the ‘Alt Text’ tag so it is done right. The Alt Text should describe the image and the importance of the image in context to how it is used in your course. So a banner image could simply say “Banner image Canvas at Moraine Valley.” When an image is used in an assessment the alt text needs to give enough detail so that the student using a screen reader or other aid has the same […]

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Track news, trends, & technology with Feedly

One of the best ways to keep up with news, trends, and general information is with a feed reader. Feed readers pick up the RSS feed from a website and place it into an easy to read format, much like flipping through a newspaper. Feedly Feedly is one of the better feed readers available on the web. Feedly has the ability to be read through a web browser, or through its app for Android and iPhone/iPad. Feedly’s interface is fairly simple. The interface allows for an easy method of searching for possible fields, making it possible to add news feeds […]

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Canvas Tip: Page History & “Undelete”

Page History: Looking to undo a mistake you made to a page in Canvas? Did you know you can view a page history and restore to an earlier version by clicking the page settings gear? See the Page History guide for more information. Undelete: Did you accidentally delete an item from your course and want to restore it? Add the text “/undelete” to the end of your website address for a list of items that can be restored. This list doesn’t last forever, so the faster you can “undelete” the better! More Tips and Tricks? Looking for even more Canvas […]