Ferris Faculty Moving Forward

Some faculty at Ferris State University have devoted extensive time creating high-quality online courses through the Course Development Agreement (CDA) process. The process uses backward design (McTighe & Wiggins, 2012) through three short online courses with the focus of: online instruction, pedagogy design, and developing the course in Canvas. Regardless of a faculty member’s online … Continue reading Ferris Faculty Moving Forward

Enhance Scanned Documents

Not all PDFs are created equal. For example, when scanning a paper document to a PDF format. Scanned documents are not readable by screen readers without some accessibility remediation. Once a document is scanned it needs to be tagged to be considered accessible. Tagging is process of adding computer coding that provides screen readers with … Continue reading Enhance Scanned Documents

Social Emotional Impact of Online Courses

FEELING BLUE? STRESSED? Mid winter weather, long semesters and busy schedules can lead people to feel isolated and lonely by limiting the amount of contact and interaction one has with other people. It may be challenging, yet making intentional effort to keep connected with others is important to reduce these feelings. Although staying connected through … Continue reading Social Emotional Impact of Online Courses

Remediate Accessibility Issues in Source Documents

When it comes to remediating accessibility issues in PDF documents, a best practice is to make changes to the source document. So, what is a source document? A source document is the document in its original source file type. Many people create documents in Word and convert them to PDF. The .docx file created by … Continue reading Remediate Accessibility Issues in Source Documents