Since accessibility continues to be at the forefront of conversations in education, it is important to discuss accessibility challenges that are encountered. One such challenge is found in the lack of alt tags for images in PowerPoints and PDFs. When assistive technology is used, images without alt tags are difficult to decipher and any educational value can be lost. This leaves the individual with an unequal opportunity for learning.
Recently we had a question about online syllabi and how they might differ from a syllabus that is designed for paper distribution. In early 2016, the Academic Affairs office distributed a new syllabus template that includes both required and suggested elements. You will notice that the syllabus template, as it stands, is intended to be modified and then distributed in paper form. If you would like to use this template to make an online version of your syllabus, consider making the following modifications:
About a month ago, I wrote a blog about accessibility. The focus being on the idea that accessibility is Not Just Tech. When talking about accessibility, I am not just describing the ability to retrieve information or resources, but the ability to use and understand those resources and materials. Accessibility is about more than just technical solutions to inaccessible information. It’s about ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to be successful.
Being an occasional web designer, text styles have been pretty deeply ingrained in me since the days of Netscape, AOL, and Lycos. (Did I just date myself?) I’ll operate on the assumption that for most folks, text styles include 3 or 4 categories: bold, underline, italic, and perhaps color.
We’re back with more good news for working towards accessibility. Not too long ago, I posted the Accessibility Check blog, where we walked through the Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 Accessibility Checker tool for PC users. Well more good news is here for all those who use Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Good News PC users! Did you know that MS Office 2010 and 2013 for PC have Accessibility Checkers built into Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to help you identify potential accessibility problems?
Sometimes you may need to submit a PowerPoint as a document rather than as a presentation. Here is how to do that.
Sometimes saving an assignment as a .pdf is very useful if you are having problems getting the file to upload.