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