Dig­i­tal Acces­si­bil­ity


Black­board has pro­vided many resources to help instruc­tors make course con­tent dig­i­tally acces­si­ble to stu­dents.  Fed­eral guide­lines requires dig­i­tal con­tent to be acces­si­ble to indi­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties.  Uni­ver­sal Design for Learn­ing (UDL), Web Con­tent Acces­si­bil­ity Guide­lines (WCAG 2.0), and CAST are valu­able resources to learn more about acces­si­bil­ity require­ments.  A recent Black­board blog post (6 great acces­si­bil­ity resources for improv­ing your online course offer­ings) pro­vided help­ful infor­ma­tion for instruc­tors and instruc­tional design­ers.  In addi­tion, Black­board has pro­vided quick guide­lines and fea­tures to ensure your con­tent is acces­si­ble in Black­board Learn and in Black­board Col­lab­o­rate:

Nine Guide­lines for Con­tent Acces­si­bil­ity:

  1. Use descrip­tive head­ings to orga­nize con­tent.
  2. Don’t use font styles alone to indi­cate impor­tance.
  3. Add alter­na­tive (alt) text to your images.
  4. Make your links descrip­tive.
  5. Use lists over tables when you can.
  6. Include descrip­tive cap­tions to your videos.
  7. For­mat your files to be acces­si­ble.
  8. Tag PDF files.
  9. Pro­vide stu­dents with clear expec­ta­tions, instruc­tions, and direc­tions for all assign­ments and tests.

Black­board Col­lab­o­rate Acces­si­bil­ity Fea­tures:

  • Full-screen reader sup­port of all key work­flows.
  • Global key­board short­cuts for com­mon actions. There are addi­tional key­board short­cuts.
  • Screen reader sup­port for white­board activ­i­ties and files, with­out requir­ing com­plex con­ver­sions.
  • Live closed cap­tion­ing.


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