Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 3 Accessibility

1. Login and Configuration/Compatibility Testing

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Figure 1: Login page

Criteria

Login Page Accessibility:

System Compatibility Testing:

2. Personalization and Customization

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Figure 2: Personal settings


Figure 3: My places

Criteria

Layout customization:

Alert type:

Styling:

Session time out:

Saving current state:

Default page:

Selecting Editor:

4. Common Modules/Tools (Student Facing)

Announcements

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Figure 5: Announcements

Criteria

Navigation Features:
Announcements Summary:
Accessibility Features:
Accessibility Concerns:

Discussion

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Figure 6: Discussion

Criteria

Navigation Features:
Read / Unread Summary:
Message Read Status:
Information Hierarchy:
Posting new messages / replying:
Support for forwarding to external e-mail systems:
RSS Support:
Accessibility Features:
Accessibility Concerns:

E-mail

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Figure 7: Email

Criteria

Navigation Features:
Read / Unread Summary:
Email summary page:
Indication of read messages:
Techniques are used to post a new message / reply:
Support for forwarding to external e-mail systems
Accessibility Features:
Accessibility Concerns:

Chat

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Figure 8: Chat

Criteria

Navigation Features:
Text-to-speech (TTS):
Chat thread display options:
Keyboard Functionality:
List of Users in Chat Room:
Message Edit Window:
Notification of New Posts:
Private Chat:
Techniques for submitting a message:
Accessibility Features:
Accessibility Concerns:

Assignments/Activities/Course Content

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Figure 9: Assignments

Criteria

Navigation Features:
Organization:
Link Texts:
Bookmark Features:
Downloads:
Uploads / Attachments:
Accessibility Features:
Accessibility Concerns:

Grade Book

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Figure 10: Grade book

Criteria

Navigation Features:
Organization:
Statistics:
Accessibility Features:
Accessibility Concerns:

Quiz/Testing component

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Figure 11: Quizzes

Criteria

Organization:
Question Labeling:
Saving Quiz Progress/Draft:
Validation / Error Prevention / Error Notification:
Question Types:
Submission Process:
Time Limits:
Accessibility Features:
Accessibility Concerns:

5. Forms

Criteria

Required field indication technique:

Labeling Technique:

onChange event:

Form submission:

Consistency across forms:

Submission verification/error reporting method:

6. Authoring Tools and Content Creation

Criteria

File uploading:

Helper features:

HTML Authoring tool:

Grade Book (instructor-level):

Multimedia Content Handling (Embedded content, player controls, external content, use of client players, etc):

7. Help and Documentation

Criteria

Inline help:

Tutorials and Guides:

8. Features Unique to LMS that Affect Accessibility

Blackboard has been using several accessibility features/techniques that improve the overall accessibility of their LMS. Some of these features/techniques are: