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Are you ready to get your Fusion on? We're not either, but we're working on it. See you in July?
Many of us at D2L are in full planning mode for Fusion 2017. We’ll be at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for our annual user’s conference.
- Main conference: July 19-20
- Post-conference workshops: July 21
We’re still working on many of the details, all of which will be revealed in future posts as well as at the Fusion website. There are a few things that we can say for sure, such as:
- the opening keynote by CEO John Baker is a can’t-miss presentation each year.
- the D2L Solutions Spotlight on…
We've added trivia questions to some of our webinars. Take a look!
During the two January 2017 webinars for the Teaching & Learning Community, we ran a little trivia contest via Twitter and email. Thanks to all who participated. Here are the questions, answers, and winners.
January 24 questions:
- Q1: Which D2L product features Reflections, Collections, and Presentations?
- Answer: ePortfolio (the product featured in our next webinar)
- Q2: This keynote speaker (see photo) received a spontaneous standing ovation in 2013 in Boston. Who is he? …
Brightspace Connection are one-day Professional Learning events held around the world.
We held a total of eight Brightspace Connection events during 2016. We’re already gearing up for as many as twelve Connections for 2017, if all goes well. Let's take a look back at these popular Professional Learning events.
Some of the highlights from 2016 include:
- Minnesota was once again our largest Connection event, with approximately 300 people in attendance.
- The Brightspace London Connection was our first such event held in Europe. Holding it at the Canada House, which is home to the…
Did you miss getting an answer right in the trivia contest during the December webinars? Here are the answers.
During the two December 2016 webinars for the Teaching & Learning Community, we ran a little trivia contest via Twitter and email. In an effort to not leave you hanging, here are the questions and the answers.
- Q1: In which Fusion city did we hold a social event at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum?
- Boston (2013, BTW)
- Q2: Name one of the guest keynote speakers (not a D2L employee) at Fusion 2016 in Washington DC.
- Either Sir Ken Robinson or Angela Maiers
The final post of 12 in the series of posts about improving the accessibility of online courses.
In previous posts we examined many of the accessibility tips for making online course content using HTML pages, Microsoft® Word documents, and Microsoft® PowerPoint® documents. In this final installment, we’ll look at a few final suggestions for making a positive impact on the accessibility of online courses.
1. Try out Assistive Technology for yourself
A screen reader is a computer program that produces an auditory version of the text that is available on a webpage, or a computer-generated…
Ready to take video to the next level? Get to know the Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments tools in Brightspace.
Earlier this year we announced the addition of the Virtual Classroom tool to the Brightspace platform to help instructorsengage learners in two-way video conversations. On October 25th as part of our Autumn Release we announced enhancements to this tool plus the addition of the Video Assignments tool to deliver structured, video-based assessments that evaluate learners on oral communication, presentations, and more.
Did you know these tools are available today and at no additional cost?…
Blog Post #11 in Series of Accessibility Tips for Online Teaching. Only one more coming!
Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation graphics program and similar programs are frequently used for creating course content in all levels of education. If those PowerPoint® slide decks are placed online as part of an online course, it is important for those decks to be accessible to student using assistive technology.
Using PowerPoint Slides in Online Courses
First, an opinion regarding slide shows as course content. From an accessibility perspective, the same content provided in an HTML page…
Tenth post in Accessibility series. Improving the accessibility of D2L Content pages. #A11Y
Many educators use one or more programs contained in Microsoft® Office when creating course content or other instructional materials for online courses. In this post we’ll focus on a few tips and techniques for making accessible content using Microsoft® Word, although similar concepts would apply to other word processing programs.
Using Word Documents in Online Courses
First, an opinion regarding word processing documents. From an accessibility perspective, the same content provided in an…
Post #9 in Accessibility series. Improving the accessibility of D2L Content pages. #A11Y
Features built into the Brightspace platform can be used to enhance the accessibility of your online courses. In this post, we’ll look at three of those features.
Color Contrast Checker
There is a built-in color checker in the HTML editor used in the Brightspace platform. Select the text that you would like to check, and then click on the Text Font Color icon in the editor.
As you click on different font colors, the Contrast Ratio numbers will change to indicate the amount of contrast…
Improving the accessibility of online course content in post #8 of the series. #A11Y
Earlier in this series of blog posts, we looked at online course accessibility concerns for third-party tools, simple and complex images, and video captions. This week we’ll focus on making HTML content pages more accessible to students with disabilities, particularly for those students using assistive technology such as a screen reader.
We’ll start with a quick look at four simple improvements that you can make to your existing online courses.
One: Check your Use of Page Headings in Course…
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