Moodle Accessibility checker

One of the tools available in the Moodle text editor is an automated accessibility checker that checks for common accessibility-related errors in the text. These are usually things in the way the text is constructed that can prevent all users from having equal access to information and functionality. The list of problems that the accessibility checker looks for is:

  • Images with missing or empty alt text
  • Contrast of font color and background color to meet WCAG AA guidelines
  • Long blocks of text are sufficiently broken up into headings
  • All tables require captions
  • Tables should not contain merged cells as they are difficult to navigate with screen readers
  • All tables should contain row or column headers

Moodle Screenreader helper

Screenreaders treat a content editable region like a text box – which is an issue for users because the region may contain images, links, and more. The Moodle screenreader helper provides additional information about the currently selected text (e.g. is it bold), as well as a listing of any images or links in the text.

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Using the Accessibility checker and Screenreader helper:

1. Open any activity or resource that has a text editor

2. Click on the Expand icon, a new row of icons will appear

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3. Click the Accessibility checker or Screenreader helper icon


4. Follow prompts as directed

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Hotec Wireless Headset Microphone system is designed for amplifying your voice through speakers or for recording on phones, cameras, or computers.









Note: ITS at Colby has preconfigured all settings for the wireless microphone systems in classrooms!

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perusall logoPerusall is a popular educational application that allows users to read and annotate texts collectively. Adding the Perusall Activity will let you link your Moodle course to your Perusall account.

Here is how to set it up:

  • Add a Perusall Activity to a content block and give it a title. You will only need to do this once, so it may be best to place it in one of the topmost blocks. You may also want to give it the same name as the course to make it easy to identify in Perusall.
  • When you click on the Activity, Perusall will create a new Perusall course with the same title as the Activity. The first time you do this, it will ask you to pair your Moodle credentials with Perusall using a verification email. Students will also go through the verification process the first time they click the link.

Perusall verification message

  • When you add a document in Perusall and create an assignment for it, Moodle will
    automatically add the assignment to the Moodle gradebook.

If you’re new to Perusall, here are some videos and documents that may be helpful.

Moodle course format refers to the layout of a course. There are five course format options to choose from. Here’s a quick video about the new Tiles format.

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In response to the growing need for robust video solutions in teaching and learning, Colby ITS is implementing a new service with Kaltura — an industry-leading enterprise video content management system.

Kaltura will serve to meet many video needs under one umbrella, including:

  • Webcam recording
  • Desktop screen recording
  • Simple video editing
  • Video hosting and sharing
  • Integrated quizzing
  • Moodle integration
  • Student engagement analytics

ITS is currently in the process of incorporating this platform with our systems.  Keep a lookout for an announcement once Kaltura is ready to use.  In the meantime, feel free to explore some of its educational offerings.