So Long, Blackboard…

Did you know that the University’s learning management system (LMS), Blackboard 8, is due to be replaced this summer? And that the eLearning Discovery Working Group wants your input on the next LMS? Here are some ways for you to participate in the process:

You can watch the LMS vendor demos, where representatives from 4 of the leading LMS vendors (Instructure Canvas, Moodle, Desire2Learn, and Blackboard) demonstrated their latest software.

You can register for one of several hands-on workshops (held the week of March 26-30, 2012), where you will have the opportunity to try out each of the 4 potential replacements.

Want to try them out from home instead?


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If you use assistive technology (like Zoomtext, JAWS, or Kurzweil) to access web content, test out these LMS with that technology.

Lastly, complete a requirements survey to let the Working Group know what works for you and, more importantly, what does not work for you. This is a great opportunity to let the University know which tools and resources you require in an LMS in order to meet your specific eLearning needs.

CSUN 2012 Great Big List

DRC Assistive Services Coordinator Rob Blake recently returned from the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Centre on Disabilities Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, held this year in the top-notch city of San Diego, California.

To call the CSUN Conference massive would be something of an understatement. The conference brings together students, administrators, software developers, accessibility experts, the major assistive technology companies (including Ai Squared, Cambium Learning Technologies, and Freedom Scientific) and lots and lots of service dogs (one of the best things about the conference, in my opinion).

Luckily, Christopher Philips at has given us the Great Big List – a collection of people, ideas, presentations, and other resources from CSUN 2012.

The list is an awesome resource for anyone interested in assistive technology, web accessibility, universal design, and disability – if that includes you, have a (long) look.

Exclusive SAS workroom in the TFDL

Students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services at the University of Calgary have exclusive access to an Adaptive Technology workroom in the Taylor Family Digital Library.

This workroom (260D) features 3 workstations complete with a variety of adaptive technology programs, including Kurzweil, Inspiration, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and Zoomtext.

Students are encouraged to use the room for either a private study session or to host a group meeting (so long as one member of the group is an SAS student).

To book this room, please visit the TFDL Tech Support Desk on the second level of the library.