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Using Blackboard for Visual Impairment

The Top 5 things you need to know about using Blackboard regarding visual impairment:

  1. Blackboard Learn is developed against the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to ensure its compatibility with the latest versions of assistive technology including screen readers such as JAWS and VoiceOver.
  2. Pages in Blackboard Learn follow a common structure to ensure familiarity as the student navigates through the system. A combination of headings and ARIA landmarks are used to define the structure of the page. Tools such as the global navigation menu and Quick Links can help with faster more efficient navigation and all keyboard navigation follows commonly used web navigation models.
  3. The Quick Links feature goes beyond traditional skip links allowing you to jump directly to any heading or ARIA landmark on the current page. You can open Quick Links with a keyboard shortcut (SHIFT+ALT+L) from anywhere in the page so it’s always easy to move around.
  4. Alt tags are used to identify all images used within Blackboard Learn. When instructors are building course content, you will be prompted to add alt text to images up upload as well to ensure visual information is available to all users.
  5. If you have defined high contrast settings on your local computer, you can enable high contrast styles on the login page of Blackboard Learn. Doing so will inform the system to respect your operating system selections to ensure the best visual experience based on your personal needs (instructors and students).