Blackboard CollaborateTM Assistive Technology

Being accessible enables people with disabilities to fully engage and participate in the teaching and learning experience. Here’s a summary of how Blackboard Collaborate removes the barriers to universal access.

For those who are blind or have low vision

  • Inherited user-defined operating system color/contrast schemes
  • Customizable user interface with personalized settings remembered from session to session
  • Whiteboard content scalable by both moderators and participants
  • Audible notifications of key events in session (raised hand, participant joined/left, incoming chat message, etc.)
  • Full screen reader support throughout main interface
  • Activity Window with text "timeline" of all session activities, including text from PPT slides for screen read access

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing

  • Activity Window with text timeline of all session activities
  • Text messaging area
  • Integrated closed captioning
    • Multi-stream
    • Ability to save by all participants
    • Captured live and in archives
    • Manual or voice-recognition input of captions
    • Ability to enlarge font
    • Ability to relocate, resize closed captioning window

For those who have mobility challenges

  • Full-keyboard navigation throughout main interface and all secondary windows
  • F6 navigation between major modules (participants window, chat, audio, whiteboard)
  • Shortcut/accelerator keys for key functions/interactions (complete list available in help section)
  • Command-line interface in Activity Window to type commands (example: /hand up to raise hand)

For those who have learning disabilities

  • Activity Window consolidates what's happening in session to help focus
  • Ability to provide additional time to read slide presentation
  • Ability to explain visual content using VOIP or telephony to students who have difficulty reading
  • Breakout Rooms available for one-on-one time, additional practice, tutoring
  • Ability to respond verbally with microphone/phone or by typing in chat window
  • Fully interactive recordings for repeating class/content as often as needed
  • Ability to save whiteboard material for further review outside of class
  • Ability for instructor to file transfer notes to aid in studying

Sloan-C Accessibility Webinar Series: Student & Faculty Sucess in Online Education

Produced by the Sloan Consortium, these four 90-minute webinars focus on accessibility. Topics include federal regulations, available resources, invisible disabilities, and effective practices for student and faculty success.

Each webinar brings together a panel of administrative leaders, faculty, and students with accessibility expertise from across the U.S. who provide individual and collective perspectives on working with students and faculty with disabilities in online education. View webinar recordings >


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