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June 21, 2024

ICYMI: Recent Technological Developments in Digital Accessibility

In the past few months, the digital accessibility landscape has seen some remarkable advancements from tech giants Apple, Microsoft, and Google, each introducing cutting-edge features designed to enhance the usability of their devices for all users. 

Apple’s Innovative Accessibility Features

Last May, Apple announced a series of updates to its accessibility features, bringing groundbreaking changes to how users interact with their devices. Among the most exciting updates is the introduction of AssistiveTouch for the Apple Watch, which allows users to navigate the watch using gestures like pinching and clenching, eliminating the need to touch the screen. Additionally, Apple’s new eye-tracking support for the iPad is a game-changer, enabling users with limited mobility to control their devices using just their eyes. This feature opens up a world of possibilities for users with motor impairments, providing them with greater independence and ease of use.

Microsoft Enhances Accessibility in Teams

Earlier this month, Microsoft rolled out significant accessibility enhancements for the Microsoft Teams program, aimed at improving the experience for users with attention disorders and hearing impairments. One standout feature is the new background blur capability, which helps users with ADHD focus better during video calls by minimizing visual distractions. Furthermore, Microsoft improved its live captions feature, making it more accurate and reliable for deaf and hard-of-hearing users.

Google’s AI-Powered Accessibility Tools

Last May, Google unveiled several updates to its AI-powered accessibility tools. Enhancements to Live Transcribe, a real-time transcription app, make it more accurate and easier to use, benefiting users who are deaf or hard of hearing. Google also improved Sound Amplifier, an app that amplifies important sounds around users, making it more effective for those with hearing impairments.

These advancements from Apple, Microsoft, and Google highlight the ongoing efforts in the tech industry to make digital environments more accessible for everyone. With each new feature, these companies are not only enhancing the user experience but also paving the way for a more inclusive digital future. 

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Workshop Wednesday: Student Brainstorming Tools in Canvas

July 10, 1:30-2:30 pm

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This workshop is focused on helping students brainstorm in online spaces. This training will cover tools to help students brainstorm online, such as concept and mind maps, to organize and refine their ideas. When registering, please include any questions you have about this training topic.

Facilitated by ‘dara Abimbade, PhD, Digital Learning Strategist.

Registration: WW: Student Brainstorming Tools in Canvas.

Clemson Online Summer 2024 Events Calendar

Review our Summer 2024 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, engaging your students, 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 Millie Tullis with any questions regarding these sessions.

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