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Live Audience Response in Google Slides

Looking for more interaction with the students while giving presentations? Now with Google Slides Q&A, you can now transform one-way presentations into a lively conservation with the entire room.  Read more »

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Creating and Providing Youtube Content for Students

Uploading a video to YouTube is one of the most efficient and user-friendly ways to share a video with students. With a streamlined upload process and room for customization, YouTube creates a convenient method to provide video content.

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Whitney King | Blended Learning

In Spring 2015, Whitney King partnered with Michael Donihue in teaching Joules to Dollars, a course which explored the ways that economics are intertwined with energy science in evaluating renewable and non-renewable energy systems.  Using field work, project-based learning, oral and written presentations, and video tutorials in Excel, Professor King created a rich learning environment for his students.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.


moodle3.1General updates to Moodle

  • Easier section editing – Change section titles without leaving the page, speeding up your course creation. More about section editing
  • Calendar block – Shows event duration by coloring the beginning and ending date. More about using the Calendar block
  • Recycle bin – Deleted items are now easily recoverable using the Recycle bin. Deleted activities and resources are now collected into a Recycle bin located in the Administration

The Recycle bin is only visible in the Administration block when activities or resources have been deleted from the main course page.

Items in the Recycle bin may be easily restored for a period of 1 month after deletion

Items in the Recycle bin may be permanently deleted before the 1 month period by manually deleting them from the Recycle bin(not recommended)

Recycle bin items are deleted permanently after 1 month automatically 

More about the Recycle Bin


News forum has been renamed Announcements in new courses. Existing courses remain unchanged.

  • Pin discussions – Inside a Forum activity, a discussion topic can be pinned so that it stays at the top of the list of discussion topics. NOTE: Students do not have permissions to pin posts. Forum posts can be pinned while:

Creating a post – by selecting the Pinned checkbox before posting to the forum

Reading a post – by clicking on the Pin button on any forum post your read

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Diamond 123 break-out stations

ITS recently renovated Diamond 123 using a similar technology-enabled active learning layout as was completed in Miller 8 last year. Included are four breakout areas with large monitors for students to work together in groups. Students may connect to the monitors wirelessly to share what is on their computer screens or mobile devices. Up to four connected screens may be displayed on each breakout monitor simultaneously. There is also a ceiling-mounted classroom projector that permits wireless projection connections. Instructions for connecting devices are displayed on the monitors when they power up. The classroom furniture features tables and chairs on casters that may be easily moved from a traditional seminar room arrangement to the various breakout stations.

The purpose of an active learning classroom (ALC) layout is specifically to support a “student-centered, technology-rich learning environment.” While these types of layouts are diverse, all exhibit some similarities. For example, they usually feature seating arrangements where students can face each other rather than an instructor in the front of a room and when these breakout areas are in use, ALCs tend to become louder than typical classrooms as students interact. The installed technology also frequently allows instructors to spotlight individual student or group work.

This list of resources was created for and by attendees of Web Accessibility in Higher Ed at Nercomp on June 12, 2017



Getting Started

Canonical WCAG Documents (The Bible)

Canonical ARIA Documents (The Bible)

Example Implementations

Great Third Party Resources

Quick Explainers on Alt Text




WCAG Tool Search

A laundry list of accessibility tools

Automated Checkers:

Color Checkers:

Color Accessibility Workflows

A relevant book on color design and accessibility

HTML Validation:

W3C Markup Validation Service


Webinars, Courses, and Training

Do you enjoy taking photos on your DSLR or smartphone but want some way to make them better?  Perhaps you get images online for your PowerPoint presentations but want to edit them somehow.  The team at GCF has created a great tutorial to walk any beginner through image editing basics.  Read more »

Accessing Classroom

To access resources offered through Classroom, use the login button below and authenticate with your Colby username and password.

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About Classroom

Classroom is an education App from Google that makes it easy for instructors to grade and leave feedback on assignments without having to download or print out any documents. Here are 3 short tutorials to help get you started:

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New features in version 2.9 include:

New Dashboard

  • Minor changes to the navigation and look-and-feel of the interface
  • A new User Menu with customizable settings that give teachers and students quick access to personal pages such as My home and profile settings
  • A ‘Like’ rating capability (single rating scale) similar to social media sites
  • Course editing improvements including drag and drop images into the Atto text editor and whole section deletion
  • Enhanced Forum — Teachers and students can subscribe to topic specific forum discussions enabling them to narrow their focus appropriately
  • Choice activity — Users are able to select more than one Choice option at a time

More details about New Features in Moodle 2.9

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