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New Feature: Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool (UDOIT)

UDOIT allows you to check for and resolve accessibility issues across your course. This tool is used at many institutions and was developed as an open-source tool by the University of Central Florida. Refer to our updated post on Creating Accessible Materials for information on developing accessible course materials. If you have any questions, email edtech@dartmouth.edu.

In this video (above), Adam Nemeroff explains how to check Canvas sites for accessibility issues.

New Feature: Announcements

If you have a multi-section course, you are now able to choose to send announcements to either specific section(s) or an entire class. 

Choose the section(s) you want the announcement to go to.

By Adam Nemeroff and Erin DeSilva

Accessible materials create access to documents and materials so that they are usable by all students in your class. Most of these changes have the dual benefit of simultaneously helping students with specific accommodations, while also improving the experience for the other users in your class. The following is a guide for creating materials with these types of considerations in mind. In this guide, we include both general guidelines as well as specific steps to follow for specific tools and materials.

This guide from Auckland University gives a wonderful overview of these similar guidelines.

The University of Auckland describes how to create Inclusive Online Courses.
The University of Auckland describes how to create Inclusive Design for Online Accessibility. Here is a downloadable PDF.

Updated March 12, 2018 - An earlier version of this guide was published in 2016. We updated the guide recently to include updates to the Canvas and documents sections. For Canvas, we added specific directions for accessibility features in Canvas (using the accessibility checker and UDOIT). We also posted a screencast video explaining how to use these tools. For documents, we included more extensive directions on creating accessible document and converting them with SensusAccess, a new document conversion tool at the College.

...continue reading "Creating Accessible Materials"

You may notice a different course home page default in Winter 2018 Canvas course sites.

Check out the new course home page default starting in Winter 2018 Canvas course sites.

Previously, the "Recent Activity" view was the starting place for your course site design, though many instructors would change the Home Page to Modules, a Front Page, or the Syllabus view. Now, the course home page defaults to the Modules view with the module tool ready to use. A new "Add Existing Content" button is provided to take instructors directly to the Copy a Canvas Course feature.

You are not required to use Modules for the home page or for your course site design. You can set the course home page to your usual setting as part of your course copy from a prior term or by clicking Choose Home Page from your sidebar. You might be prompted to choose a home page when publishing your course if you have not already done so.

 

This week is the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Online Focus Session: New Directions in Instructional Design: Keeping Pace in a Time of Rapid Change. The program is robust, lining up experts to talk about trends and innovations in teaching and learning while focusing on where instructional (learning or educational) designers have impact and directions we might grow in the future. My colleague Melody Buckner (University of Arizona) and I were asked to help design the focus session activity workbook. Our goal was to bring purposeful reflection and meaningful application to participants as they look toward the future of their careers, projects, and roles as potential agents of change at their institutions.

...continue reading "Being Leaderful From Where You Are"

Like a huddle on a sports team, teaching huddles are an opportunity for members of a teaching team to regroup and evaluate their teaching strategies. Teaching huddles are rapid-fire problem-solving sessions that take place each week while a course is in session. They are agile, meaning that they respond quickly and flexibly to the evolving needs of a course as it is being taught. Teaching huddles may be appropriate for any course that has more than one person working to help students learn course material. Some examples of teaching huddles include professors co-teaching a course, a professor working with graduate teaching assistants or Learning Fellows, or a professor working with instructional designers.  ...continue reading "Teaching Huddles"

coffeelearn_headerCoffee & Learn is a new series of mini-workshops held at the Arts & Humanities Café in Bartlett 201 every Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Members of Dartmouth's Digital Humanities community will discuss technologies for research and teaching, and participants will have plenty of time for guided practice over delicious afternoon cappuccino. Read more for a list of Coffee & Learns that we've organized for the remainder of winter term. ...continue reading "Coffee & Learn"

Adam and Erin presenting on accessibility at ELI 2017At ELI 2017, Instructional Designers Erin DeSilva and Adam Nemeroff represented Team Access at Dartmouth College. Team Access is an inter-departmental group of staff from Classroom Technology, Educational Technology (Instructional Design), and Student Accessibility Services. Together, we work to improve access to learning experiences for all learners. The following is our poser we presented and the resources we frequently consult with through our work.  ...continue reading "Our Poster and Resources: Access First! Igniting a Campus-wide Universal Design Mindset"

This post was crafted in collaboration with Rebecca Taub (Brown University), Petra Bonfert-Taylor,Erin DeSilvaPrudence Merton, and Kes Schroer (Dartmouth).

Students in a group meeting.Group work can take many forms, from short discussions to term-long projects. In our Active Learning Canvas site, we have resources on many activities that could be group based, such as Case Study ApproachCreating a Shared Knowledge BasePeer Instruction, and of course Team-Based Learning...continue reading "Using Student Groups in Your Teaching "

By Alicia Brandon (Student Accessibility Services) and Adam Nemeroff (Instructional Design)

This post is the first in a series of collaborations between Student Accessibility Services and EdTech where we will explore the role of Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) and its role in creating an inclusive classroom environment. In this first post, we will introduce UDI and its principles, frame definitions for each principle, and provide examples of the principles in use.

UDI is a set of principles meant to address the needs of all learners. A classroom that adopts these principles seeks to not only support the needs of students requiring accommodations, but the needs of all learners to allow them to learn at their best. These principles, introduced by Scott, McGuire, and Shaw (2001), are increasingly being embraced by educators across the nation. ...continue reading "Creating Inclusive Courses with Universal Design"

This summer, we asked some Dartmouth students about their experience as learners using Canvas. Here is what they had to say - watch either the entire 8-minute clip, or even briefer, focused segments.

Dartmouth students on Canvas ( 8:20)

...continue reading "What do students think about Canvas?"