Toolkit: December 2023

Tools and tips with get through your workday. In this edition: website color contrast, learning how people learn, and giving your eyes a rest.

Toolkit is a regular collection of tools and tips to help HighEdWebbers through the workday. Here, you’ll find resources for higher education web developers, accessibility experts, marketers and more.

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Illustration of a rainbow color palette
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Check color contrast fast

Need a quick way to find out if the color and contrast in your content meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)? Go to the WebAIM: Contrast Checker website. To check even more quickly, add the WebAIM: Contrast Checker Bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark bar.

Learn how people learn

How People Learn — a classic compilation of the research on brain, mind, experience, and school — can be downloaded for free from the National Academies Press (NAP) website — along with hundreds of other research-based publications by experts in science, engineering and medicine. Browse by topic or look in one of their searchable collections.

Illustration of a question mark with a light bulb
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Photo of a white computer screen with a dark blue backdrop
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Give your eyes a rest

Are your eyes getting tired? F.lux is a free program that reduces eyestrain by making the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day — warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Available for Windows or Mac.

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