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What's New?

Hello Everyone! 

In this issue of the Hub newsletter, we’re talking about strategies to make your courses more inclusive and more accessible according to Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) guidelines and Cambrian practice related to accommodations and digital course materials. You’ll find a variety of options below to learn more about methods to make resources and activities more effective for all students.

On February 19, as part of Access = Love week (February 16 - 19), Catherine Poulton’s team and Glenn Crombie Centre students with disabilities are sharing stories and making recommendations that can help us all show our care for student success.

Thank you for all of your energy and teaching as we move toward mid-semester and Study Week.

Jenni, Alison, Sarah, Rob, Chris, Jeff, Mel, Brian, and Krista

What's Happening?

February 19, 12-1 pm:
Walk in my Shoes - A student panel about disabilities [Zoom Session]

Listen and learn from Cambrian students who share their personal stories about living with a disability, the daily barriers they face, and how COVID-19 has impacted their lives.

If you would like the Zoom code, please email

Video Rewind: to September 1, 2020, Cambrian Accommodations recording with Seija Korpola, Yvan Roy, and Jenni Hayman.
Passcode: Q2^FL#T+

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Course Accessibility Checklist

AODA guidelines for education relate to principles of accommodation and accessible resources, including classroom materials (i.e. PowerPoint and handouts), textbook selections and course packs.

To ensure we are all creating courses that meet AODA legal requirements, the Hub created this quick checklist with “how-to” resources. Currently, government committees are working on furthering these guidelines by identifying barriers to post-secondary education and determining educational standards to address each barrier. As the new standards emerge, this checklist will be updated.


User Overrides for Moodle Quizzes

Do you have a student or multiple students who need to write a Moodle Quiz at a different time than everyone else? This video explains how you can create a User Override in Moodle to allow students extra time for accommodations in addition to writing on a different day. Check it out!

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Zoom Auto-Transcriptions

Cambrian’s Zoom platform now allows Automatic Live Transcriptions!  Captions are useful for meeting participants who are in a loud space, don’t have headphones, are English learners, or those who benefit from reading and hearing content simultaneously. Click here for instructions on Enabling Automatic Live Transcriptions.

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Oral Tests: A creative way to assess students remotely.

Does your subject matter require testing, but you’re concerned about academic integrity in this online environment?

Oral tests may be one solution. Dr. Della Dumbaugh, a mathematics professor at the University of Richmond, scheduled individual oral math exams with her students via Zoom. During their scheduled session, students needed to verbalize and solve a problem given by Dumbaugh. Not only did this prevent cheating, but students were usually better prepared for the oral exam. Are you worried this approach takes more time than a traditional test? Dr. Dumbaugh argues that the time commitment is the same; it’s just spent differently. 

For more details, view Dr. Dumbaugh’s explanation in this video.

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Check Out This Fun LevelUp Submission! 

Let's meet in the middle!
Submitted by Jenny Clattenburg

Jenny's Level Up is a creative exercise for all and a reminder that we are all connected despite the diversity in our physical locations.

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Easy Accessible PowerPoints and More!

Have you tried the PowerPoint Accessibility Checker? 

In three clicks, you can quickly and easily check for any accessibility errors in your PowerPoint presentations:

Click on “File” → “Check for Issues” → “Check Accessibility”

This will open the Accessibility Checker to the right of your slides:

  • The Accessibility Checker identifies errors such as missing titles, missing Alt text, duplicate slide titles, hard-to-read text contrast, reading order, and more. 
  • The tool provides instructions on how to fix errors. 
  • Toggle through all of the errors quickly and easily while you fix your slides.
  • Save your PowerPoint and upload it to Moodle or share it with students.

For a video walkthrough of these steps, click on Accessibility Tips for PowerPoint.

Did You Know? 

Accessibility Checker is also available in Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote, Sway, and Visio. Click this link to learn more.

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