Educational Technologies: Accessible Course Content
Bb is committed to a usable and accessible platform. Learn more at Blackboard’s Commitment to Accessibility page. For specific information on accessibility features, workarounds and remaining issues, please access these resources:
- Screen Reader Tutorial – Release 9.1
- Accessibility in Bb Learn Release 9.1
- Additional accessibility information and resources
The Mediasite interface is accessible and presentations are made accessible when captions are added to recordings.
- Students using screen readers can use the alternative layout by pressing CNTRL + Z
- Limitation: Keyboard only access is limited in Firefox
Microsoft Skype for Business
Skye for Business includes keyboard navigation and shortcuts, high contrast and screen reader support. If you are using a screen reader, you hear incoming messages read aloud and receive notifications if your screen is being shared.
Microsoft accessibility resources:
See Microsoft Accessibility to learn about accessibility features for operating systems (Win 8, Win 7, Vista), Office 365, 2013 and 2010.
Saba Meeting supports keyboard shortcuts for all in-session features, screen readers such as JAWS and Narrator, and it provides 10 different auditory alerts to notify students of session occurrences.
For hearing-impaired students, Saba Meeting enables instructors to assign a captionist. Closed captions then scroll across the bottom of the screen for all participants to see during the event as well as after the event in the playback.
In addition, for students with visual impairments, you may need to provide content shared through Saba Meeting in an alternative format.
Second Life does have keyboard and/or mouse issues related to accessibility. Below are in-world workarounds and resources.
- Visit the Second Life Accessibility
- Voice recognition software (built-in and purchased)
- Alternative keyboards and other input options
- Radagast are command-based Web interface for visually-impaired users
Wikipedia also has information on accessibility and alternative user interfaces in Second Life
Tegrity supports JAWS screen reader, keyboard navigation and offers a built-in feature to generate closed captioned content for recordings. In addition, faculty can contact the Department for Disability Support Services for assistance with closed captioning, transcripts and other accommodations. The Tegrity Campus Section 508 Compliance Report contains the full Keyboard Navigation map as well as other compliance details.
ECU provides accessible WordPress themes. WordPress templates provide formatting that automatically creates headings and provides keyboard navigation. You can easily add alternative text for images. When creating blog content, it’s a good idea to use the standard best practices for creating Web pages.