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Effective Use of Color – Creating Accessible Content

Do you ever have trouble reading text in a document or on a website because there’s not enough contrast between the background and the color of the text? Do you find that the font style or the size is difficult to read?  Does colored text or bolding help you to discern what is important in …

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Backwards Design and Transparency 2: Modules and Assignments

Previously we discussed how to use backwards design to design an entire course. You can apply some backwards design principles when creating your modules as well. Brightspace’s HTML editor and Insert Stuff tool are great for creating modules that provide clarity to your students by keeping the rationale for your decisions easily accessible and in …

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Backwards Design and Transparency at the Course Level

Numerous instructional and course design models depend upon “backwards design” as their prime organizing principle. Many instructors start by deciding which content they want to include in their course, then decide on assessments, then course objectives. Backwards design reverses that process, making content the last thing you would choose.  Flower Darby, in her book Small …

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Turnitin Draft Coach for Google Docs

Turnitin’s writing tools are now available outside Brightspace! In Google Docs you can now use the Turnitin Draft Coach to check for Similarity – compared with other text online or in the Turnitin repository Citations – inline citations and references Grammar – sentence fragments, punctuation, etc. More than a standard Google Docs spellcheck. Draft Coach …

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Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction: Time tested approach to successful instruction

Oftentimes instructors need a simple, repeatable process to help them when they are in the weeds of course design. One such process is Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction.  Robert Gagné was an American educational psychologist best known for developing multiple systems for simplifying and delivering instruction. He pioneered the science of instruction during World War …

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PowerPoint Accessibility Module

This eLearning module will provide step-by-step instructions and best practices for making your PowerPoint presentations accessible to people with disabilities. When your slides are accessible, you unlock your content to everyone and people with differing abilities can read and use your slides. You learn, for example, how to add alt texts to images so that people using screen readers …

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Pedagogy Books and Podcasts

Podcasts EdSurge A weekly podcast about the future of education, featuring insightful conversations with educators, tech innovators and scholars, hosted by EdSurge’s Jeff Young and other EdSurge reporters. Hub Talk – Chemeketa Community College Hub Talk is a teaching and learning podcast hosted by the Center for Academic Innovation at Chemeketa Community College. Conversations touch …

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