eLearning support for faculty

Faculty – stop by for any eLearning help that you need:

Jeff’s Iannone’s FOSS Hours: MW 12:30-2 pm in 5364
Catherine Chapman’s FOSS Hours TTH 2-3 pm in 5380
1200 building: M-Th 8-5 pm and F 8-4:30 pm

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Campus events for Mon., June 20: ORCA LIFT, Orlando Moment of Silence, and more

Welcome to the first day of Summer Quarter 2016! Here are the events happening around campus for Mon., June 20. 

ORCA LIFT sign-up event, PUB Lobby
Mon., June 20: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Do you ride the bus? Qualified low-income riders can save 50% on every ride in King County by joining the ORCA LIFT program. Apply TODAY in the PUB Lobby from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.! If you want to save even more money, start at the Cashier’s Office, where you can purchase a $200 ORCA card for just $100. Then bring your pass to the Orca LIFT table in the PUB. Can’t make it Monday? An ORCA rep will be in the PUB Lobby again on Wed., June 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Moment of Silence for Orlando, PUB Lobby
Mon., June 20: 12:30 p.m.
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Canvas Student Orientation, room 1308
Mon., June 20: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
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If you are new to Canvas, or online learning, join us for a live, face-to-face orientation session!  We will cover everything from how to login to submitting assignments and checking your grades.

If you are unable to attend this live session, you can watch short Canvas videos on our eLearning Services Canvas webpage.

We also encourage you to reach out to us for help anytime. You can stop by our offices in the 1200 building, call us at (206) 546-6966, or email us at elearning@shoreline.edu.

Welcome Reception for Dr. Alison Stevens, Board Room 1010M
Mon., June 20: 2-3 p.m.
Dr. Alison Stevens is returning to Shoreline and her first day on campus in her role as the Executive Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs is Mon., June 20.

Please join President Roberts for a reception to welcome Dr. Stevens back to Shoreline on Mon., June 20 from 2-3 p.m. in the Board Room (#1010M)-Administration building (#1000).

Free FAFSA Workshop, FOSS 5101
Mon., June 20: 2:30-4 p.m.
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Members of Shoreline’s Enrollment & Financial Aid Services office will be on hand to help you get started and complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) Mon., June 20 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Workforce Education Office’s computer lab on the ground floor of the FOSS (5000) bldg.

Bring your tax information or estimates, including parents’ tax information if applicable.

 

Accessibility tip of the day: ADA Compliant Astronomy Lab

As we conclude Accessibility Action Week, today’s post is about another innovation in accessibility happening on our campus.

Jim Hughes, Shoreline Astronomy faculty, is collaborating with Astronomy faculty from Arizona State University and Spokane Colleges to create an accessible astronomy lab here at Shoreline.

ASU has developed ADA compliant descriptions for the images in Starry Night lab software so that students with low/no vision can hear (via assistive technology) what is being shown in the image. This is no easy task!

Here is an example:

“The figure shows the Sun on the right and Earth on the left. The orbit of the Moon is shown as a dotted circular path, and one location for the Moon is labeled. The illustration shows that one-half of the Moon’s surface is illuminated by sunlight. A person is placed on Earth such that it is noon (the Sun is directly overhead). Earth’s rotation is indicated by a curving counterclockwise arrow.” See example below:
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If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Jim Hughes at jhughes@shoreline.edu.

Thanks for your enthusiasm and support this week! Our last and most exciting Accessibility Action Event is happening today!! Don’t miss it!

“Digital Accessibility in Higher Ed: Risk Assessment, Responsibility and Benefits”
with special guest Dr. Janet Sedgley, University of Montana
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., PUB Quiet Dining Room
Presentation Description:  It feels like a new buzz phrase – digital accessibility.  Those steeped in it, throw the term around daily.  Most others don’t find the term very accessible (aka approachable).  More individuals are starting to understand a little about how to create accessible Word documents and that web images require alt tags.  We have added more steps to our work processes. Why?

Let’s take a step back and get a general view of what’s happening with higher education and digital accessibility.  Is it truly an issue that needs our attention, how involved are each of us and what is higher education’s return on investment as far as digital accessibility.

UDOIT Tool available in Canvas beginning Thurs., April 28

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As part of Accessibility Action week, we are thrilled to announce that we are one of the first SBCTC colleges to be able to put the UDOIT tool into our Canvas instance!

What is UDOIT? UDOIT is a tool that can quickly check your full course for Accessibility.  It also provides information on how to fix any issues that make viewing/using your content difficult or impossible for someone using a screen reader or other assistive device.  For example, it will show you how to add styles to your text and alternative text on your images and tables.

As of this Thursday, April 28, you will see it in the left hand navigation in your Canvas classes.  It’s a “teacher only” tool so students will not be able to see it.

If you would like to learn more, please join us Thurs., April 28 for a UDOIT Party in Room 4214 from 1:30-3 p.m.! We will show you how to use the UDOIT tool and then let you try it on your own courses. In addition, the Accessibility FLC has put together a handy checklist if you want to check your course that way. FLC Members will be present to help you quickly make improvements.

If you have any questions, please ask!

Accessibility Week tip of the day for Thurs., April 28: Captioning Video Content

As we continue to celebrate Online Accessibility Action Week at Shoreline, today’s daily tip is about captioning video content.

We’ve been reading lately about universities such as MIT and Harvard being sued for lack of video captioning. While captioning is absolutely necessary for those who are hard-of-hearing, captions are also incredibly helpful for English language learners. A recent study found that 80% of viewers that use captions are in fact not deaf or hard of hearing, but simply prefer captioned content. Closed captions can improve video comprehension for all viewers, and as we use more video content in our courses, captioning becomes more important.

Live captioning has had a great impact on Business Professor Steve McCloskey’s teaching and on his students’ learning. Please take a few minutes to watch this captioned video of their experience.

We are taking a proactive approach here at Shoreline and faculty were surveyed last year about the types of video content they are using for learning activities. While faculty are welcome to provide their own video captioning, eLearning is here to help!  Unlike many other colleges, we have been able to set aside funds specifically for captioning instructional video content. Do you have videos that you use on a regular basis that need captioning? Contact eLearning: Amy Rovner (arovner@shoreline.edu) or Randy Gottfried (rgottfried@shoreline.edu)

If you want to learn more, join us for our Accessibility Sessions on campus this week!

UDOIT Party!!
Thursday, April 28, 1:30-3:00pm Room 4214

What does UDOIT mean?! UDOIT is a great new tool that is now inside Canvas – a few clicks and it has checked your full course for Accessibility.  It also provides information on how to fix the issues!  Our FLC has also put together a handy checklist if you want to check your course that way.  FLC Members will be present to show you how to use the tools and to help you quickly make improvements.

“Digital Accessibility in Higher Ed: Risk Assessment, Responsibility and Benefits”
with guest speaker Dr. Janet Sedgley, University of Montana

Friday, April 29 11:30-12:30pm, PUB
It feels like a new buzz phrase – digital accessibility.  Those steeped in it, throw the term around daily.  Most others don’t find the term very accessible (aka approachable).  More individuals are starting to understand a little about how to create accessible Word documents and that web images require alt tags.  We have added more steps to our work processes. Why?

Let’s take a step back and get a general view of what’s happening with higher education and digital accessibility.  Is it truly an issue that needs our attention, how involved are each of us and what is higher education’s return on investment as far as digital accessibility.

This presentation is part of the T&L Conference but you are welcome to attend this session even if not registered for the full conference. Please RSVP here so we have enough seats set up for you.

If you cannot attend an on campus training, please reach out to eLearning Services and we can set up individual or small group sessions.