Resources for Teaching
About Blackboard and Canvas
Blackboard is a web-based application which allows instructors to put class materials on the Internet. It provides a variety of tools to facilitate teaching and learning. Many courses at TWU use Blackboard. The basic tools used in a Blackboard course includes a syllabus, learning materials (documents, videos, etc.), discussions, calendar, email, announcements, grades, tests, and assignments.
Instructor Resources for Blackboard
Canvas is a web-based application which allows instructors to put class materials on the Internet. It provides a variety of tools to facilitate teaching and learning. A small number of courses at TWU use Canvas. The basic tools used in a Canvas course includes a syllabus, learning materials (documents, videos, etc.), discussions, calendar, inbox and notifications, announcements, grades, quizzes, and assignments.
Instructor Resources for Canvas
- Canvas Instructor Guide
- Canvas Instructor Guide - Table of Contents
- TWU Knowledge Base Article
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities that are like those provided to individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications. Learn more about protecting students with disabilities.
Below are some resources that will help you get started with making your documents accessible to students.
- Captioning Services and Options
- Microsoft - Create Accessible PDFs
- Microsoft - Creating Accessible Word Documents
- Penn State University - Accessibility & Usability
- The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) Cheatsheets
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all students based on scientific insights into how humans learn.
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