Instructional Technology & Center for Accessibility Training

Click the name of the session title to view the session description and session availability. All in-person training sessions are on the Mays Landing campus. Registration is required!. If at least five people are not registered for a training session, it may be canceled. Please contact Instructional Technology to register by phone at 1-800-617-2191 or by email at onlinehelp@atlantic.edu

Interested in learning the basics of what accessibility is and why it is important?

During this session we will define what accessibility is, and explore guidelines for building and analyzing accessible products. This session will provide information on the variety of disabilities and the technologies that users with disabilities interact with to reduce barriers they may find in accessing information. This session will also provide examples of the benefits of designing accessible products and showcase mainstream innovation that inclusive design has led to.

Topics discussed:
  • Overview of accessibility and usability.
  • Criteria for measuring usability and guidelines for building accessible products.
  • Overview of main types of disabilities and the technologies that support these disabilities.
  • Benefits, value and innovations regarding accessible products.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, September 10 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Tuesday, November 12 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)

All students can benefit from an inclusive environment. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. Learn how to make content accessible to all students from the beginning to ensure equal access to the learning experience and success. In this session, you will learn the meaning of accessibility, the importance of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), and best practices for creating accessible Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations for use in your courses.



Date Time Location
Tuesday, August 27 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, September 17 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Room K133
Friday, September 20 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, October 8 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Room K133
Friday, October 11 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, January 7 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Friday, January 10 10:00 am - 11:00 am Room K133

Atlantic Cape Community College is committed to ensuring that electronic technology adopted by the college for use by students is accessible to those who are blind or visually impaired in accordance with applicable law. In addition, Atlantic Cape Community College requires that web-based content adhere to WCAG 2.0 level AA Standards, and therefore, will advise vendors of its desire to procure web-based EIT that complies with these standards.

In this session, you will learn how to ensure that any Electronic Information Technology (EIT) product considered for purchase or adoption by faculty or staff is evaluated in regards to whether or not it is accessible to people with disabilities.

Topics discussed:
  • Defining 3rd party materials.
  • Understanding federal law in regards to EIT purchases or licenses for or deployed to students.
  • Overview of process in requesting vendors to warrant in writing that any technology provided is accessible.
  • Implementing an evaluation process to assist in the procurement process.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, November 5 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Tuesday, December 3 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)

Blackboard Ally is integrated in Blackboard Learn and assists faculty with making digital course resources more accessible. Blackboard Ally helps you approach accessibility in a way that is beneficial to all students. In this session we take an in-depth look at Ally’s 3-step model for improving accessibility. We will uncover Ally’s many capabilities such as its ability to automatically provide alternative formats for digital course content. We will explore what Ally is, how it works, how it scores digital course content within Blackboard and its positive impact on students.

Date Time Location
Friday, October 4 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, November 19 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)

The Blackboard Blogs, Journals and Wikis tools are robust communication tools that allow students to reflect individually or communicate and interact with a wider audience for a range of educational purposes. These tools allow you to incorporate meaningful assignments into your course where students can interact and have conversations. Interaction creates opportunity for students to learn about the subject and each other and learn to make group decisions. These tools are similar in some ways but operate in ways that make them more useful for course activities. We will explore each of these tools and demonstrate how to implement them into your course. We will discuss how to decide which tool to use for activities in your course. If you are currently using the discussion board and would like to try something different, then this session is for you!

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 22 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Room K133
Friday, November 15 10:00 am - 11:00 am Room K133

During this session we will take an in-depth look at the Blackboard Grade Center. You will learn how to create columns and categories, enter grades, monitor student progress, and how to communicate information to students using the Blackboard Grade Center. Finally, you will learn how to create reports and export your grades from the Blackboard Grade Center to an Excel spreadsheet.

Date Time Location
Friday, September 13 10:00 am - 11:00 am Room K133
Tuesday, September 17 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Tuesday, October 15 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Room K133
Tuesday, October 29 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Friday, November 8 10:00 am - 11:00 am Room K133
Friday, November 22 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Friday, January 31 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)

Rubrics make the process of assessing students’ work consistent, effective, objective and efficient. In this session you will learn how to create, edit, copy, associate and manage rubrics in Blackboard. We will examine setting up rubrics for discussions and assignments, as well as associating a rubric with a Blackboard Grade Center column that could be used for projects and assignments delivered in class. Finally, we will examine reusing and sharing rubrics in other Blackboard courses by using the exporting and importing option.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 1 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)

It is strongly recommended that all faculty attend our Getting Started with Blackboard Learn training session prior to using Blackboard at Atlantic Cape. In this session you will learn how to request Blackboard course shells each semester and how faculty and students access Blackboard. You will learn how to navigate the My Blackboard page, navigate the Blackboard course menu, and utilize edit mode and student view within your course. You will learn how to add content to your course and the importance of making sure that your content is accessible to all students. You will also learn the difference between the Course Messages and Send Email tools, learn how to use Discussions, learn how to send Announcements, view the Grade Center, and more.

Date Time Location
Monday, August 19 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Room G207
Friday, August 23 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Friday, September 6 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Friday, September 27 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room K133
Friday, October 18 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room K133
Friday, October 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, December 10 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Friday, December 13 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room K133
Friday, January 3 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, January 7 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room K133
Thursday, January 9 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Room G207
Wednesday, January 15 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Room G207

Are your students submitting their assignments through Blackboard Messages, email or paper? Are you downloading endless attachments to grade, and then inputting the grades in your Blackboard gradebook? Learn how utilizing the Blackboard Assignment tool can streamline this process for you and save you time. Students can view and submit their assignments all within Blackboard and all of your grading will take place directly through the Blackboard Grade Center. You will learn how to create, edit, and grade assignments in Blackboard. Utilizing Turnitin Assignments in Blackboard will also be demonstrated.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, September 24 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Friday, November 1 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, January 28 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)