We expect our students to communicate clearly and effectively during projects and publishing. Communication skills and instructions are not only fostered and delivered through our oral directions but the written communications and instructional materials that we provide to our students. How can we use best practices and model effective communication strategies to ensure that our students not only understand what is expected of them but can carefully execute an assignment without confusion or need for constant clarity? This three part strategy of chunking information, providing visual cues, and revising text and formatting is a tried and true practice that has been developed through research-based strategies and honed through actual student classroom encounters. Don’t miss 3 Fantastic Strategies for Kick Starting and Doctoring your Instructional Designs.
- Instructional Design Communication Catcher
- Do’s and Don’t on Designing for Accessibility
- Washington EDU Accessibility
- Word: Make Your Documents Accessible
- Cal Poxy Best Practices for Creating Accessible Documents
- Butler University: Making Digital Assets Accessible
- Johns Hopkins University
- Checklist for Accessible Office and PDF documents
- Florida State University
- Regional Government Services Accessible Document
- Easterseals Accessibility and Emojis
- Perkins School for the Blind
- Carnegie Web Accessibility
- Designing Accessible Content, Typography and Font Styling
- Deafness and the User Experience
- Karlen Communication – Accessible Word Documents (Tables and Columns)
- Make Your Doc or Presentation More Accessible
- Additional Tools: ColorSafe.co, Colorable, Contrast Ratio, WebAim Standalone
Want MORE ideas for Designing Documents and Being Creatively Productive? Check out companion site of Chapter 3 of Cultivating Communication in the Classroom.
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