New Blackboard Theme
On August 1, ECU will upgrade to the new Blackboard Learn theme (color scheme). With this change, users will see a new color scheme, which is accessible but limits color changes. The new theme presents a sleeker, modern look and promotes consistency and familiarity as students go from course to course. Upgrading to this theme supports ECU’s adoption of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and improves the functionality of Blackboard when accessed on mobile devices and tablets.
With this upgrade, all current themes will be retired as they no longer adequately meet Accessibility Standards and are not Mobile and Tablet Friendly.
Along with students, faculty will experience improved functionality when working in courses on mobile devices and tablets. A Course Availability icon will also appear next to the Student Preview icon allowing you to quickly determine if a course is available to students.
Currently, column names are duplicating into each cell of the column. Upgrading to the new theme resolves this issue.
The new Blackboard theme follows principles and accessibility guidelines for structure, color contrast and navigation. These features provide students and faculty, with visual and mobility impairments, a much-improved Blackboard experience.
With the new Blackboard theme, when users log in to Blackboard on a mobile device or tablet, elements such as the course menu and control panel change position, so they remain visible. Modules and tool tiles stack so the user still has access to them at their fingertips. These and other responsive design elements improve the user experience for everyone accessing Blackboard on a mobile device or tablet.
Research shows a growing trend in students using mobile devices and tablets to complete some or all course work. According to a study cited in the 2017 New Media Consortium Horizon Report, of 2,600 students surveyed, nearly two-thirds reported using their smartphones to study.
While the new blackboard theme is more mobile and tablet friendly, instructors are encouraged to download and use the Blackboard Instructor Mobile App to manage courses.
Blackboard Instructor allows instructors to:
Additional messages will follow to remind you of this upcoming change.