Follow Up Friday

November 3, 2023

Accessibility Month Recap

October was Accessibility month, and we enjoyed sharing different aspects of accessibility information to help improve your general awareness and course content.  Let’s recap!

Enroll in COFFEE: Accessibility, the self-paced training in Canvas to learn in depth about various accessibility topics.

When creating a Canvas Course ensure students varying abilities can all participate in the course. Use the Canvas Accessibility checkers as a guide when creating your course. Creating a course is about focusing on accessible pedagogy; find the way your learners do their best work. 

The blog on creating accessible documents discussed how to properly create accessible PDFs and Word Documents. Utilize the accessibility checkers in Adobe and Microsoft Word. Maintaining accessibility can get cumbersome when dealing with documents. Remember to use proper formatting and manually double check your material for aspects that the checker could have missed.

We also touched on creating accessible links. Remember to avoid stand-alone links like “click here” or “read more.” Descriptive link text lets learners know where the link will take them and avoids displaying long urls.

Finally, accessibility is imperative to keep in mind when designing your course. Provide multiple means of access, clear navigation, and be consistent!

Reflect on your coursework this month. Was there an aspect of your course that need accessibility improvements? Did you learn something you may not have known about accessibility before? Clemson Online strives to continue spreading accessibility awareness and improving the online learning community through accessibility development. If you would like help as you work to improve the accessibility of your course, schedule a consultation with one of us!

Upcoming Events

Planning an Online Course

Wednesday, November 15th, 1:30-2:30 PM

Whether taking a face-to-face course online or building a new one from scratch, designing an online course takes time and planning. Join this presentation to learn about which course elements to start with and how to build an effective plan for developing an online course. 

Facilitated by Leslie Fuller, Ph.D., Digital Learning Strategist.

Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.
Registration: Planning an Online Course on November 15th 

Quick Hits- Finalizing Your Canvas Gradebook

Thursday, November 30th, 3:30-4:00 PM

Join us to learn about finalizing your Gradebook in Canvas. Our Learning Tech Specialist will answer all your grading questions, including extra credit, grade weights, and more. When registering, choose whether to have a specific topic covered, enter your question, or both.

Facilitated by Sr. Learning Tech Specialist, Gray Jackson.

Registration: Quick Hits: Finalizing Your Canvas Gradebook on November 30th .

Clemson Online Fall 2023 Events Calendar

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Review our Fall 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust Summer lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact James Butler with any questions regarding these sessions. 

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