Accessible Content in Blackboard

Adding text and images to Blackboard requires the application of the same principles of making accessible files in MS Office and Adobe Acrobat. Faculty should become familiar with the text editor in Blackboard in order to apply similar methods. Additionally, faculty should make use of the Blackboard Ally, the premier accessibility checker for uploaded files in Blackboard. Review the guidelines below to learn more.

Accessibility in Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Inc. has made significant efforts to ensure that  Blackboard Learn and affiliated products are accessible. Blackboard products are designed in accordance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act 1973. The system has regular audits and reviews for compliance.

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Accessible Text

Making accessible text in Blackboard is easy to do using the Blackboard text editor. The text editor menu is built to mimic most word processing software. There are pre-built headings for text as well as, formatting options for numbering/bullets, bold, italics, and etc located on the rows of the editor tools.

Text editor box

  1. Strong/Emphasis
  2. Headings
  3. Font Style/Size
  4. Bulleted List/Numbered List
  5. Hyperlink(s)

Accessible Images

Blackboard also provides a method for adding Alternative text (ALT text) and/or descriptions to images. Alt tags are used to identify all images used within Blackboard Learn. When instructors add images to content built within Blackboard, they are prompted to add alt text.

ALT text editor box

Be sure to avoid flashing images and .gifs These graphics can be problematic for many disabilities. Furthermore, .gif and other flashing images are not viewable by a screen reader.

Accessible Web Content Cheat Sheets

Accessible Exams

Accessible tests can be delivered through Blackboard. Faculty should make accessible design consideration when developing online tests. From instructions to question types, making a Blackboard delivered test accessible is an intuitive part of the platform:

  • Include time requirements in exam instructions
  • Provide clear expectations
  • Provide adequate time for exam (Timer)
  • Consider exam presentation: all at once or one at a time

Test Exception Options

Accessibility Checker in Blackboard

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally is an accessibility checker for files uploaded to Blackboard. Faculty may use this checker as an additional measure for accessibility compliance. Visit the Blackboard Ally help page to learn more about the tool.

For additional tips and download/print option view the Blackboard/HTML Accessibility Checklist