Category: Digital Accessibility

3 things you can do to help dyslexic people

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Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that mainly causes problems with reading, writing, and spelling. It’s a specific learning difficulty, which means it causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing (NHS, 2022)   It’s estimated up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia….Continue Reading 3 things you can do to help dyslexic people

Top Tips to make your Moodle Module Accessible

Welcome back This post is for staff designing and refreshing their Moodle modules, readying for the new academic year. It has been compiled by the Digital Accessibility Project team in LEaD and links out to our guidance and training information which is open to all. City staff can also log in to access our Digital…Continue Reading Top Tips to make your Moodle Module Accessible

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Alt this activity card: Ask students to write alternative text (Alt-Text) for a provocative image relating to the subject. Encourage students to create a meaningful description and consider any assumptions and bias that may arise while doing this.

Last month, I was fortunate to attend and present at the Advance HE Teaching & Learning conference 2022 with my colleague Maria Kaffa, the rising star in our digital accessibility team. The overarching theme across all three days of the conference was on Enhancing student success through student engagement. I attended some sensational sessions, but…Continue Reading Wicked, wicked educationalist massive

Caption Ed as a tool for City students to leverage live captions and note taking, a student review

Caption Ed was first created aiming to help students with disabilities more easily interpret audio content, however, with subsequent updates, the tool’s functionalities have been extended into the realm of notetaking and the Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) team is currently considering adding it to its range of assistive technologies. Setting up You will find…Continue Reading Caption Ed as a tool for City students to leverage live captions and note taking, a student review

5 tips to improve your use of text alternatives

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Note: this blog will use the term “image” as a shorthand for visual (non-text) content to aid brevity. If you have attended the Introduction to Digital Accessibility or Creating Accessible Documents training sessions that Sarny Guzman-Rodriguez and I host a few times per term, you have probably heard us talk about how important it is…Continue Reading 5 tips to improve your use of text alternatives

Moodle update introduces Blackboard Ally

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Moodle updated Moodle was successfully updated over the weekend. Although City is remaining on version 3.9 of Moodle, you will notice one significant addition to the system. Blackboard Ally is available in all Moodle modules to help make learning content more accessible. Blackboard Ally merges into the existing workflow when you upload, rollover or import…Continue Reading Moodle update introduces Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally in Moodle

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Following a successful pilot, Blackboard Ally will be available in all Moodle modules following the Moodle update on 18th July 2022 to help make learning content more accessible. Blackboard Ally merges into the existing workflow when lecturers and course officers upload, rollover or import content. Ally produces an accessibility indicator score for common file types. The…Continue Reading Blackboard Ally in Moodle

Blackboard Ally Alternative Formats

Blackboard Ally Overview Blackboard Ally is an online tool used to change the format of uploaded content from lecturers to your desired format e.g. changing a PowerPoint to an MP3 audio. This is part of City’s efforts to make learning more accessible to all students, including those who may process alternative formats better. Other formats…Continue Reading Blackboard Ally Alternative Formats

Moodle update – Key dates 2022

Key dates Moodle will be unavailable between 8am on Saturday 16th July and 8am on Monday 18th July 2022. This is to update Moodle, optimise the database and allow enough time to resolve any issues that might arise following the update. You will not be able to access modules or run any activities on Moodle…Continue Reading Moodle update – Key dates 2022

Reflections on Global Accessibility Awareness Month

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It has been an amazing month of activities to raise awareness about Digital Accessibility and how we can make City’s digital content more accessible for staff and students. In this closing blog, I will start with some statistics about what we have been up to this month and then focus on a couple of my…Continue Reading Reflections on Global Accessibility Awareness Month