The goal of Blackboard Learn is to provide an accessible platform for students and instructors for equal access to courses. Blackboard is fully committed to ensuring that our platform contains no barriers for users with disabilities and is both usable and accessible by everyone, regardless of age, ability, or situation. Blackboard measures and evaluates accessibility levels using two sets of standards: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act issued from the United States federal government and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Keyboard navigation in Blackboard Learn
Industry standard keyboard interactions are used throughout Blackboard Learn to move between menus, open menus and select items within a menu. Keyboard navigation patterns differ between browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome), but the interactions within any particular browser are common and consistent. In the sections below, notes are used to indicate where interactions may differ between experiences and course views in Blackboard Learn.
If you are using a Mac with Firefox or Safari and are having difficulty navigating using your keyboard, review and update your operating system and browser settings. This ensures they are properly configured for keyboard navigation. To learn more, see the following information:
Keyboard navigation within the content editor
The content editor in Blackboard Learn is based on third-party technology from TinyMCE. It provides accessible controls, as well as keyboard shortcuts for formatting content created within it. The content editor appears throughout your courses, such as when you participate in a discussion.
To use your keyboard to jump to the content editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a bulleted list.
Student Resources for utilizing JAWS with Blackboard Learn
Below are specific user guides for students that Blackboard has provided for utilizing the JAWS screen reader with different components of Blackboard Learn courses:
- General Tips for using JAWS with Blackboard Learn
- Participate in Discussions with JAWS
- Submit Assignments with JAWS
- View your grades with JAWS
- Use JAWS with Blackboard Collaborate
- Navigating Blackboard Collaborate modes
Instructor Resources for utilizing JAWS with Blackboard Learn for Instructor tasks
Additionally There are faculty resources for utilizing Blackboard Learn using JAWS as a instructor located at:
- General Accessibility Information for Blackboard Learn
- Grading as the instructor using JAWS
- Creating tests as the instructor using JAWS