You can use the accessibility checker in Microsoft Powerpoint to make your PowerPoint presentations more accessible.
To use the accessibility checker
Select the Review tab
Select Check accessibility
Work your way through all of the errors and warnings in the accessibility report
It’s likely you will be asked to provide alt text for any images or objects in your presentation. You can leave this blank if the images or objects are decorative, but if the images or objects provide information, you should include this information in the alt text.
Take a look at the tech tip below to see a demonstration of the accessibility checker:
Using Padlet’s new Expanded Post View you can use your Padlet boards as a way of presenting information to others. Find out more by logging in at glasgowschoolofart.padlet.org and creating a new presentation: you can find Expanded Post View by clicking on one of the images you’ve uploaded.
You can embed forms into Canvas assigments to provide students with a due date for when they must complete the form by. You might do this if you want students to provide emergency contact details, for example.
Using the Canvas Calendar, Syllabus and To Do list is an easy way to keep students engaged with your course.
The Syllabus and student ‘To Do’ list show a summary of any course items that have a date or time assigned to them. For example an assignment will have a due date, so this will automatically appear in a student’s Syllabus and ‘To Do’ list. Items which can be given dates include assignments, pages, calendar events and quizzes.
Syllabus and Course Summary
The Canvas syllabus page includes the Course Summary which shows all content with dates across your course. This is a great way for students to gain an overview of the course and what is required of them. It can be accessed from the course navigation menu or the syllabus (course dates) button if you have one on the course home page.
‘To Do’ lists are unique to the user
As a staff member your ‘To Do’ list will be different from the student’s. For example your list may show that you need to Grade an assignment, where the student’s list will show that they need to submit. If groups or individuals have different due dates these will display accordingly to the user. Staff can check the student ‘To Do’ list of a test student simply by entering student view when on the course homepage.
How to populate the ‘To Do’ list
Population of the ‘to do’ list happens automatically when you add content with dates into your course. To assign a date and time to any page in your course, when editing the page, simply tick the ‘add to student To Do’ checkbox and add a date and time before saving the page.
Dates are added to other items during the setup process, for example when creating an assignment. Follow the guides below to setup these items which will then appear in the Syllabus Course Summary and ‘To Do’ lists.