Category: Digital Accessibility

Making the most of your study time and looking after your mental health

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With assessments going on now, you might find yourself running at full capacity and your mind being more busy than usual. Last week we had Lizi Green from AbilityNet present some techy solutions that can help overcome common barriers to learning and have the potential to increase your academic performance. Apps offer agency for neurodiverse…Continue Reading Making the most of your study time and looking after your mental health

Creating Accessible Lecture Recordings

Please record what you can and where you can and take steps to make your recordings easy to find and study from. This blog post will explore three areas where accessibility can be improved in recorded materials. These insights are based on our experiences of recording at City over the last 10 years including the…Continue Reading Creating Accessible Lecture Recordings

From the Archive: Creating digitally accessible descriptive transcripts from raw media and text files

From the DA team: this blog was originally published on 20 July 2021. We are re-sharing the post to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2022.  The Project On the 8th of June 2021, Breshna Rani and I have been tasked with coming up with a template for transcripts to be approved by the Senior Educational Technologist…Continue Reading From the Archive: Creating digitally accessible descriptive transcripts from raw media and text files

A first look at Blackboard Ally

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Julie and I had led on the procurement for an accessibility solution for Moodle. We worked with stakeholders on the requirements and reviewed tender documents and arranged product demonstrations. We were very excited to finally use Blackboard Ally on our Moodle modules so we could see how the requirements translated into practice. Olivia’s Blackboard Ally…Continue Reading A first look at Blackboard Ally

Comparing Teams and Zoom for an accessible online learning experience

Microsoft Teams and Zoom are two of the biggest platforms used for learning, collaborating and working. Each platform has its own identity, packed with must-have features and some hidden ones too! It can be hard deciding which is best for a particular event. But don’t worry, hopefully, this article will help guide you. Using Zoom…Continue Reading Comparing Teams and Zoom for an accessible online learning experience

Welcome to Global Accessibility Awareness Month!

On behalf of City’s Digital Accessibility Working Group, I am delighted to welcome you to our celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day taking place during the month of May. Global Accessibility Awareness Day has been taking place on the third Thursday in May since 2011 and aims to “get everyone talking, thinking and learning about…Continue Reading Welcome to Global Accessibility Awareness Month!

Enhance your employability with digital accessibility

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Employers are increasingly looking to recruit graduates with digital skills. An essential aspect of this is ensuring that products and services are accessible for people with disabilities by using a heading structure, strong colour contrast, descriptive hyperlinks and multimedia alternatives, among other things. This supports an inclusive culture to enable transformation and resilience in our…Continue Reading Enhance your employability with digital accessibility

Online Fraud Prevention

As we use our computers, phones, and other devices to shop, bank online, and more, with all the convenience the internet brings, it’s important to be aware of potential risks. Spam and Junk Emails Spam or junk email is unsolicited or unwanted email which in most cases: Have poor spelling and grammar Ask or demand…Continue Reading Online Fraud Prevention

Library Services

SCONUL Access From Monday 15th November, City students can apply for SCONUL Access to access university libraries around the country. You can submit your application via SCONUL website. Not all university libraries have resumed their participation in the scheme – this means that City students will not be able to use these libraries (such as LSE and London Met). City University students can also use Senate…Continue Reading Library Services

LinkedIn Learning for Students

Introduction to LinkedIn Learning  In response to requests for training to enhance your digital and other employability skills, City is pleased to offer all students unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning worth £250.  The recent Student Digital Experience Insight Survey revealed that 46% of students who took the survey use online videos and resources to help…Continue Reading LinkedIn Learning for Students