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A lot happened for higher ed in 2021. Don’t miss these best blogs from KWALL from the year that was. They provide expert insights and guidance for your digital tools and experiences.   Some of the biggest trends of 2021 for higher education institutions included the pandemic, shifts to online and remote learning, and a greater demand for the best digital tools to boost marketing strategies and online presence.    KWALL was there throughout the ups and downs to provide you with the latest news, trends, tips, and best practicesSEE DETAILS

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Web Development

CIO Applications named KWALL as one of the Top 10 Edtech Solution Companies for 2021, and we couldn’t be more honored for this recognition. This list of tech companies includes some of the most innovative in the industry. CIO Applications is a print and digital magazine that delivers the latest news to CIOs and business leaders, so they always know what’s trending.    The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed expectations for the higher education realm. Students and teachers have been adapting to remote learning environments, and institutions have had toSEE DETAILS

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Advice, Web Development

Your school’s website is HUGE! Here are 5 tips to help you keep it running at peak levels.  Higher education websites are HUGE because they serve as a central resource for faculty, students, and staff. Managing all aspects of that properly can be challenging, but effective management is essential for engaging all the audiences your website must serve.   All your departments have blogs, social media posts, and other web content they want to share. At the same time, your web pages must maintain a consistent style, layout, and design.SEE DETAILS

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Advice, Web Development

If the sudden requirements to be remote have affected your ability to communicate with students, staff, faculty, or even loved ones there’s some easy ways to connect or communicate online without much cost. Let’s start with the basics.  Determine how many people you want to communicate with and how you want to communicate.    If you’re looking for a classroom type experience with 20-50 people or up to thousands it might be difficult to allow video and audio from all members but it’s definitely possible to do chat / text. SEE DETAILS

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Advice, Web Development

At KWALL we are fortunate that our work is mostly capable of being carried out through digital means. We have remote staff across the globe working on our clients initiatives and support services. From the first day of having remote teams, we’ve come up with some best practices and thoughts that might help you work with remote workforce changes or that can help you get started if you’re considering it.  First off, have a policy for remote work. Specify what availability looks like, hours expected online at a minimum, andSEE DETAILS

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Advice, Web Development

The continued focus on privacy and the rights to your own data / personal information has made managing a website much more complex. Recently the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) – has now raised the question as to whether the measures companies have implemented to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will satisfy the CCPA. Unfortunately, no. Since we’re not a law firm, please take any information in this post as just our breakdown of the act, not legal advice. If you have further needs we suggest you discuss with yourSEE DETAILS

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Accessibility

   Here are a few notable web components that can be helpful in providing functionality that is accessible in our experience: Accordions & Tabs:http://webcloud.se/jQuery-Collapse/ https://codepen.io/mpiotrowicz/pen/gocmu https://github.com/anvk/a11yAccordion https://drupal.org/project/quicktabs http://lamovo.com/tabs+accordion http://webcloud.se/jQuery-Collapse/Autocomplete:http://www.bu.edu/webteam/clrux/accessibility/autocomplete/autocomplete.htmlAlerts:http://joshnh.com/weblog/how-to-make-an-alert-bar/ https://paulund.co.uk/twitter-bootstrap-alert-boxesCarousels:http://kenwheeler.github.io/slick/Captcha:http://simplyaccessible.com/article/googles-no-captcha/Charts:http://paypal.github.io/amcharts-accessibility-plugin/Comments:https://help.disqus.com/what-is-disqus/common-questions-about-disqusDate Pickers:https://www.deque.com/blog/accessible-jquery-ui-datepicker/ http://www.oaa-accessibility.org/examplep/datepicker1/Grids:http://adamkaplan.me/grid/ https://www.drupal.org/project/packery https://github.com/brunjo/rowGrid.js https://isotope.metafizzy.co/ https://scotch.io/tutorials/a-visual-guide-to-css3-flexbox-properties https://www.drupal.org/project/views_elastic_grid https://github.com/henriquea/minigrid https://www.drupal.org/project/savvior https://www.jqueryscript.net/gallery/Accessible-Off-canvas-Grid-Gallery-with-jQuery-CSS3.htmlPopups:http://dimsemenov.com/plugins/magnific-popup/ http://dev.vast.com/jquery-popup-overlay/ http://websemantics.co.uk/archived/accessible_css3_modal_pop-ups/ (CSS Only)Select Lists:https://github.com/select2/select2 Skip to link:http://paypal.github.io/skipto/ https://www.drupal.org/project/skipto http://hanshillen.github.io/jqtest/#goto_tabsSlideshows:Slideshows should play/pause with space and have left/right navigationhttp://kenwheeler.github.io/slick/Tooltips:http://accessibility.athena-ict.com/aria/examples/tooltip.shtmlSocial Sharing:http://www.addthis.com/social-buttons/sharing-toolsSortable Lists:https://codepen.io/barrytsmith/pen/kfiqj https://github.com/johnny/jquery-sortable http://dbushell.com/Nestable/Tables:https://www.drupal.org/project/responsive_tables_filter http://www.jquery-bootgrid.com/ https://github.com/filamentgroup/tablesaw https://github.com/dylanb/a11yfy https://codepen.io/pixelchar/pen/rfuqKMenu:http://users.tpg.com.au/j_birch/plugins/superfish/ https://github.com/adobe-accessibility/Accessible-Mega-Menu/ http://staff.washington.edu/tft/tests/menus/simplyaccessible/index.html https://www.sitepoint.com/pure-css-off-screen-navigation-menu/Bootstrap:http://getbootstrap.com/ http://paypal.github.io/bootstrap-accessibility-plugin/ Video Players:https://github.com/paypal/accessible-html5-video-player https://github.com/ableplayer/ableplayerWYSIWYG Editors:https://docs-old.ckeditor.com/CKEditor_3.x/AccessibilityCSS:CSS only image transitions and color change where possible with filter supportCSS only image captions based on image title and CSSSEE DETAILS

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Accessibility, Design

All elements have a contrast ratio of 4.5:1 (7:1 AAA) other than:Large scale text and images can be 3:1 (4.5:1 AAA).Purely decorative, logos, or inactive elements that don’t matter, have no contrast ratio requirements.Designing for color contrast is straightforward in many situations. Contrast checkers take the background color and the foreground color, and give you a ratio. However, there are more complex situations which need special testing methods. The challenges we most often run into are text over images, text over gradients, and moving or dynamic components.Text over images andSEE DETAILS

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