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Re: Blackboard accessibility

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From: Holly Marie
Date: Apr 23, 2003 12:52PM


From: "Sandy S. Andrews"

> Hi
>
> Is anyone else using Blackboard 6.0? They have not responded to my
questions
> about accessibility and there are a couple of things I'd love some
specifics
> on, namely the chat and the assessment interface.

> The chat is a new version and is supposed to be accessible, but I
haven't been
> able to get a screen reader to read it, although I can input text.
Hopefully I
> just don't have the info on this.

I recall during a weeks long online accessibility learn event, one of
the presentations involved the blackboard web site. I do know they were
working closely with the people at webaim? and maybe a few others, and
should have a section up at their website regarding accessibility items.
I have not used the chat interface for a long while at blackboard.com,
but was very familiar with their set up previous to these changes. They
may or may not use a java based client, still, that may be tied to IE?
http://access.blackboard.com
Did you try this email address: <EMAIL REMOVED>

For others interested in online learning and Accessibility, there are
some other resources that may be worth a look.

Information on WEB based learning technologies found at this web link
http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?173

It looks like they evaluate different distance learning coursewares at
this page(printable version available) ... covers Blackboard, WebCT, and
ToolBook...

Snow (Special Needs Opportunity Window) - the people responsible for
APrompt and other items, has a Courseware Accessibility page, here:
http://snow.utoronto.ca/access/courseware/
(several resources for information available)

There is more about various tools or applications at their Network for
Inclussive Distance Education page: http://nide.snow.utoronto.ca/ -
which includes a page about Synchronious Communications Tools,
http://nide.snow.utoronto.ca/SyncComm/Synchronousindex.htm .


While working on several projects with a Professor who teaches e
Commerce, Business, and Marketing at a Midwestern United States
University, I was able to participate in team web design discussions
using a blind chat room [this had voice options and messaging which was
also available in visual mode too] and that was an interesting and great
experience. The professor works on the Internet and teaches, though he
is also blind. There are several on the WWW now.

holly



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