Author Archives: Jen Garrett-Ostermiller

Engaging Students on the First Day of Class

When I was an undergraduate, the first day of class was frequently predictable: syllabus, expectations, teacher’s introduction, a brief lesson, and early release. I tended to be more focused on who else was in the class (Do I know and … Continue reading

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Creating Accessible Materials Reduces Stress Later

My mother’s words still ring in my ears: “Measure twice, cut once.” I did a lot of sewing growing up and have learned that one hasty snip of the shears can lead to frustration, loss of time, and cost of … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Get Started Creating Accessible Documents

The following content was submitted to the Teaching Tips Consortium of the POD Network by Kevin S. Wilson, Instructional Design Consultant Center for Teaching and Learning, Boise State University Use your software’s formatting tools—especially styles—to create headings and subheadings. Text-editing … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Get Started Creating Accessible Presentations

The following content was submitted to the Teaching Tips Consortium of the POD Network by Kevin S. Wilson, Instructional Design Consultant Center for Teaching and Learning, Boise State University Use the templates packaged with the slideshow software. Templates offer a … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Get Starting Creating Accessible Images

The following content was submitted to the Teaching Tips Consortium of the POD Network by Kevin S. Wilson, Instructional Design Consultant Center for Teaching and Learning, Boise State University Use ALT tags to describe images. An ALT tag is a … Continue reading

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Save Time and Headache: Bb Date Management Tool

While editing a document to change dates from one semester to the next (syllabus editing, anyone?) might be the epitome of administrivia, Blackboard, fortunately, has a handy Date Management tool to automatically make many such updates. First, bring your old … Continue reading

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