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Spotlight on Web Accessibility: Non-Distinguishable Links

Web Accessibility

The number one cause of web accessibility errors on the Boise State website is non-distinguishable links. Nearly 15% of pages on the Boise State website have at least one non-distinguishable link. That’s over 5,000 pages!

So, what exactly is a non-distinguishable link?

Non-distinguishable links occur when the same link text is used for links going to different destinations on the same page.

A classic example of non-distinguishable links is multiple uses of “click here,” “read more,” or “view here” on the same web page. This is an accessibility issue because viewers might not know the difference between the links without additional information, particularly if they are using assistive technology.

To avoid non-distinguishable links when you are creating a web page, writing a blog post, or sending an email, add some contextual information to your links. For example, if you are linking to an office on campus, include the page name as well so viewers know where they are going.

Fro example, your links could be written as “Registrar’s Office – Academic Calendars” or “Registrar’s Office – Final Exam Schedule” instead of “Click Here” or “Read More.”

Similarly, if you link to an article or webpage, add the name of the page or article to the link to provide additional context. E.g., “Read the Article on Neurobiology Research.”

For more information about non-distinguishable link accessibility errors, and how you can use our Siteimprove tool to find and repair those errors on your website, see Webguide Accessibility – Priority Issues.

For assistance with WordPress or web accessibility, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu.

Add Money to Your Bronco Card for BroncoPrint Through myBoiseState

Bronco Print

We add $15.00 to each enrolled student’s Bronco Card at the beginning of every semester for use with BroncoPrint throughout campus.

While many students don’t print enough during the semester to go through their $15.00, some do quite a bit of printing and find they need to add money to their Bronco Cards.

We’ve now made it easy to quickly add money for BroncoPrint to your Bronco Card (and check your balance) through myBoiseState no matter where you are.

How To

Just log in to myBoiseState, go your Student view, and select the My Account tab.

Select BroncoPrint to view your current balance, and click the Add Funds button to add money to your Bronco Card using a credit or debit card. $5.00 is the minimum amount.

Bronco Print in my Boise State

Hopefully this will make it much easier to track your BroncoPrint costs throughout the semester, and add money to your card without having to seek out an Add Value machine.

For questions about using BroncoPrint, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, email helpdesk@boisestate.edu, or stop in and see us at any of our Zone locations.

Improving Lecture Capture to Increase Faculty Adoption and Student Engagement

Tech Smith

TechSmith recently published a case study on how the Office of Information Technology consolidated lecture capture technology to increase student engagement and faculty adoption, and save $350,000 each year.

In our ongoing efforts to standardize classroom technologies, we found the multiple lecture capture solutions in use due to decentralized decision-making were causing confusion for faculty, difficult to manage by technical support staff, and unable to accommodate flexible learning environments. Engagement with students was on a downward trend.

These multiple solutions were also costing the University an enormous amount of money each year.

By moving lecture capture to TechSmith Relay, we replaced hardware with software, thereby reducing onsite support costs. Lecture captures are now hosted in the cloud, eliminating the need for onsite hosting equipment. We can now make lecture capture available in any general classroom. Faculty now have consistent, streamlined tools available to edit and manage their content.

As a result, not only are we saving $350,000 annually in support, licensing, maintenance and hardware costs, but student engagement with lecture capture has markedly increased.

Read about the case study at https://www.techsmith.com/customer-stories-boise-state.html.

For additional information about lecture capture at Boise State, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu.

Coming May 30: Additional Security Questions in PeopleSoft

Images of a security lock

On Tuesday, May 30, the Office of Information Technology will implement additional security measures to protect your privacy when accessing certain information in PeopleSoft (also known as Student Center).

Beginning May 30, you will be asked to verify your identity by entering your date of birth and last 5 digits of your social security number in order to view direct deposit and W-2 information.

Screenshot of additional security questions in PeopleSoft

If you have questions about this change or need assistance with the additional security steps, please contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357.

Log In to EDUCAUSE With Your Boise State Credentials

educause

Are you a member of EDUCAUSE?

We recently experienced a problem that may have prevented you from signing in to educause.edu with your Boise State username and password, but that’s now fixed.

Now you can browse to educause.edu, click on LOGIN, and then scroll down the page to find “Boise State University.” Sign in with your Boise State credentials.

If you have any questions about logging in to EDUCAUSE with your Boise State account, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu.

Registration Required to Use Bronco-Guest Wireless

Bronco-Guest wireless registration screen

Beginning Wednesday, May 17, you’ll need to register your device in order to use the Bronco-Guest wireless network. Once you provide and verify a valid email address, you can use Bronco-Guest for seven days. If you continue using Bronco-Guest, you’ll need to re-register weekly.

The Office of Information Technology recommends that students connect to wireless using the Boise State eduroam network. Eduroam is the secure, encrypted wireless network intended for regular use by students, faculty and staff.

More information about this change and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Office of Information Technology website.

To connect to Bronco-Guest on May 17, follow the instructions on our Bronco-Guest wireless web page at https://oit.boisestate.edu/network/wireless-access/bronco-guest-wireless/.

If you need assistance connecting to a wireless network, please contact the OIT Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu.

Is Your Office 911 Info Current?

911 Emergency Info

While Cisco IP phones can be moved around yet remain fully-functional, moving presents a problem of maintaining accurate 911 information.

If 911 responders don’t know where you’re located, that’s a bad thing.

It is the responsibility of anyone who moves a telephone at Boise State to immediately provide updated 911 information using the Directory Change Request Form.

Make sure your location is current in our records. For questions, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu.

Learn About Assistive Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Assistive Technology

How do assistive technologies work, and how do people who use these technologies experience websites?

Mike Gibson from the Educational Access Center will give presentations May 10, 16, and 24 on “JAWS and Magnification Access” highlighting the history, variety, and use of screen reader and magnification access assistive technologies.

Special guest Larry Henrie, Assistive Technology Instructor with the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, will also present at the session scheduled for May 16.

To register, visit the Office of Information Technology’s website at https://oit.boisestate.edu/training/subjects-offered/wordpress/.

New Project Reporting Tool

Project Status Tool

Our Project Management Office (PMO) has recently introduced a new project status reporting tool available on the Office of Information Technology’s website at oit.boisestate.edu/pmo.

By choosing Project Reporting from the navigation menu, you can view projects scheduled to go live in the next 30 days, other projects the PMO is actively working on, and all of the projects in the Project Management Office’s backlog.

For more more information about this new project reporting tool, contact oitprojects@boisestate.edu.

PeopleSoft Maintenance Scheduled April 21-22

PeopleSoft Maintenance

PeopleSoft (including Student Center) will be unavailable due to maintenance beginning Friday, April 21 at 5:30 pm, and continuing though Saturday afternoon, April 22.

The Office of Information Technology will update PeopleTools software during this time.

Because PeopleSoft provides data to many of our web applications, this maintenance downtime will also impact functionality for:

  • Blackboard LMS Middleware (not Blackboard Learn)
  • Change My Major
  • Orientation Registration
  • View Disbursements

For questions or more information, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@boisestate.edu, or call (208) 426-4357.

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