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Published on February 27, 2014

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A discussion of BlackBoard Learn accessibility features and how you can ensure that your BlackBoard courses are more accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.

Accessibility in BlackBoard Learn Anastasia Trekles, Ph.D.

The Importance of Accessibility • Not everyone uses computers and the Internet in the same way, but everyone CAN use these tools successfully • Assistive technology can help people with visual, mobility, and other sensory, cognitive, or physical disabilities use technology effectively • Strategies that we employ in our online development can also make a user’s experience that much better • Consider that there are many disabilities we cannot even see!

The 10-second Accessibility Test • Terrill Thompson’s 10 Second Web Accessibility Test 1. 2. 3. 4. Use the Outline button on the WAVE toolbar to see if the web page has logical heading structure. Again using the WAVE toolbar, check for Errors, Features, and Alerts. Try tabbing through the page. If the page includes video content, try playing a video to see if it's captioned. • W3C-WAI Demo site • Accessible University 2.0

Name your Pictures • When uploading and inserting a picture, be sure that is has a Description and Title • This should be a simple title of no more that one or two sentences, or a summary phrase • Complex images like graphs should be described in more detail as a download or Item with text

Use PDFs with “real” text • Some PDFs that are scanned from another source are actually images and cannot be read in a screen reader • Make sure your PDF files are actual text and tagged as well as possible • Use Styles (Headings, Paragraph, etc.) in Word if converting Word to PDF • See http://webaim.org/techni ques/acrobat/ • See http://webaim.org/techni ques/acrobat/converting for converting from Word

Use Captioned Videos or Transcripts • Captions can do wonders for many students in understanding a video, not just the deaf • Automatic YouTube captions are not ideal – use your own or a transcript wherever possible • Lecture notes and transcripts should be able to take the place of the video if you use them • Making your own videos? Seehttp://www.techsmith.co m/tutorial-camtasia-8.html • Useful tips on caption and transcript development: http://webaim.org/techniqu es/captions/

Making Accommodations for Students with Disabilities • Testing and giving extra time – Currently must make a copy of the exam and set Adaptive Release – Next fall there will be a special exemptions option so no more test copies! • Learn more: – http://www.pnc.edu/distance/testing-with-students-withdisabilities/ – http://www.pnc.edu/distance/learn-tutorials/

Mobile BlackBoard Accessibility • An app for accessibility to BlackBoard through iPhone/iPad or Android-based devices is available • Cost: $5.99 for unlimited use, or $1.99 for one year • Allows for: Checking (but not giving) grades Posting Announcements Reviewing and replying to discussion posts, blogs, and journals Viewing and posting course content and learning materials (can accept attachments via DropBox) – Taking mobile-friendly tests (requires the use of MobileCompatible Test assessment type) – – – –

Accessibility Resources • W3C Web Accessibility Initiative: http://www.w3.org/WAI/ • Helpful video accessibility checklist: https://www.howto.gov/social-media/video/508compliant-video-guide/video-accessibility-checklist • PDF accessibility: http://webaim.org/techniques/acrobat/ • Many other excellent articles on making various materials accessible: http://webaim.org/articles/ • WAVE accessibility checker for websites and HTML: http://wave.webaim.org

More Accessibility Resources • PNC: http://www.pnc.edu/distance/webaccessibility/ • Purdue Calumet (thanks to Pam Riesmeyer): http://webs.purduecal.edu/webaccessibility/ • University of Washington DO-IT • Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology • AccessIT • University of Wisconsin – Madison DoIT: Division of Information Technology • Penn State University: AccessAbility

BlackBoard Resources • Using Blackboard with JAWS Screen Reader: https://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Resources/Accessibility/JAWSDemo.aspx • Creating accessible course content: http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/documents/getting_started_with_acc essible_content.pdf • Complete screen reader tutorial for use with BlackBoard: http://support.courses.maine.edu/faculty-staff-support/screen-reader-tutorial • Study on comparing the top LMS systems (2013): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3486333/csun2013/lms_compared_pap er_2013.html

Thanks! Reach us at: –pncolt@pnc.edu –Twitter and Facebook: @PNCOLT –http://www.pnc.edu/distance for all workshop notes, links, and training needs

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