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  • Watch these videos to learn more about how screen readers work.

    Understanding How Screen Readers Work [Video]

    If you’ve been reading through the Accessible PDF series, you might be feeling a little exasperated with some of the extra steps required to create a PDF. To keep you from throwing up your hands and saying “Really, Jayna? Isn’t this a bit mu...

  • Watch this video to learn about how to use the Accessibility Report in Adobe Acrobat.

    Creating an Accessible Syllabus and CV, Part 2 [Video]

    All right, so if you’ve made it this far, you should have a Word document that has been prepped for PDF conversion. I will briefly outline a few tips for exporting your document, but then we’ll go over how to interpret your accessibility repor...

  • Watch this video to learn about how you can prep your Microsoft Word document to convert to PDF.

    Creating an Accessible Syllabus and CV, Part 1 [Video]

    Think of all the bazillions of different things you can do in a Word document. The options are limitless. But because we have that freedom, we don’t have an option for easily converting all documents to accessible formats. It’s important t...

  • Dr. Connie Heimann discusses how she uses Top Hat in the classroom.

    Using Top Hat For Student Engagement [Video]

    A growing number of faculty in our college have adopted a product called Top Hat for use in the classroom.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Top Hat, the product allows students to use their cell phones as classroom clickers to ans...

  • Dr. Micheal Salisbury helps a student at the ASU Ranch during an agriculture class.

    Revising a Course to Improve Student Engagement

    First, the bad news: There is no cure-all to improve student engagement. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw up your hands in despair and give up. Student engagement is complex, with several factors that can contribute to your efforts...

  • I like a cheerful Ram Cat image as much as the next person, but using a decorative image like this in your course content is a definite DON’T.

    3 Visual Content Do’s and Don’ts

    There’s no question that planning a new course, or revising an existing course, takes a lot of time and energy. But as you are identifying instructional strategies and determining course content, have you considered the role that good visuals p...

  • Students access Collaborate for a class they are taking.

    Using Blackboard Collaborate in Face-to-Face Classes

    I know what you’re thinking — you teach face-to-face courses and maybe use Blackboard to supplement what you’re doing in class, so how could you have a use for Collaborate, right? In case you aren’t familiar with Blackboard Collabora...

  • Video: Creating Accessible Content Items in Blackboard

    Formatting Content Items in Blackboard [Video]

    With new digital accessibility laws taking effect in a few months, it’s a great time to start talking about a few quick changes we can make to help improve our course content. One of our challenges with Blackboard is that we actually have to...




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  • Do you want to write your own blog post or submit an idea for a future post? Contact Jayna Phinney at or 325-486-6264.