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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 […]

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How do I delete my courses in Canvas?

I heard your question as “How do I manage all these courses?” rather than just “How do I delete those that I don’t want”.  You can delete the master manually created courses that you create. Dashboard Organization Which courses display on your Dashboard when you log in can be managed by clicking the ‘Courses’ icon then selecting  ‘All Courses’. The stars on the left are the way you select which courses you want to see when you log in on the Dashboard. This example “A New Course” will be on the Dashboard and “AA test course shell” will not be […]

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Canvas Tip: Attendance Tool

Did you know that Canvas has a built in “Roll Call Attendance” tool? With the Attendance tool, instructors can keep track of course attendance by taking roll electronically. Instructors can choose to view the tool in a list or grid format and can customize the placement of each student in the seating chart. To enable the Roll Call Attendance tool: Go to Course Settings > Navigation, and drag the Attendance menu item into the course navigation menu and click the Save button. Students will not see this item on the course menu. Note: The first time you take attendance, the […]

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What’s an RSS feed?

What’s an RSS feed? Ever notice a small icon in your address bar or on a web page that looks like radio waves, just like this one? The icon denotes something called “Really Simple Syndication”, better known as an “RSS feed”. The RSS feed is a way for websites to communicate articles of content through tools known as feed readers. These feed readers allow an individual to add an RSS feed for quick access to a website’s articles without having to visit a website itself. The best part? Most websites have RSS feeds, including this one! All you need to […]

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Canvas Tip: Publishing a Course

By default, all new Canvas courses are unpublished. While a course is unpublished, the assigned teacher can access and edit the course, but students cannot access or participate in the course. To publish a course for student access: Open your course and view the Course Home Page. In the Sidebar, click the Publish toggle. See the “How do I publish a course?” guide for more information. Note: Once you have published your course, students will have participation rights in a course during the official course start and end dates. Faculty members can view and override the course start and end […]

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Panopto at Moraine Valley

Panopto is Moraine Valley’s video distribution system. Videos created by any method (with a mobile device, video camera, webcam, Camtasia, etc.) can be added to this system for sharing with others. Features of Panopto include: Video playback on all devices Excellent reporting Customizable privacy settings Text-to-speech captioning Integrated quizzes (with reporting on quiz answers) Built-in video editor Canvas integration Multimedia Services provides information on the use of Panopto through the ITConnect Knowledge Base. For a quick start on using Panopto, view the Learn: Using Panopto document on ITConnect. Panopto also has an excellent support portal with articles on using its […]