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Re: Blackboard accessibility


From: Sandy S. Andrews
Date: Apr 23, 2003 4:24PM

Thanks, Holly, but so far the accessiblity info on the Blackboard site has to
do with Bb5.5, rather than Bb 6.0. There are some reviews out there, but it
is the specifics I am looking for!

The chat in 6.0 is a new one, said to be accessible. I'd love to tell
professors how to use it with JAWS. I don't want to tell them that it is
accessible if I haven't used it with JAWS myself.


On Wed, 23 Apr 2003, Holly Marie wrote:

> 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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