Designing Courses for Students Using Screen Readers
Blackboard hosts an annual conference known as BbWorld. In July I attended my coque samsung a5 ringke first BbWorld with Rachel Kleinsorge (LMS Applications Specialist) and Kari Slettemoen (Application Engineer). The conference was held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 2,000 professionals in K 12, Higher Ed, and Professional Ed attended.
Today Learner and the New Learning Experience
This year’s conference focused on coques personnalisees iphone 6 6s today’s learner and the new learning experience. According to Blackboard, the new learning experience is a “transformative way to create better engagement, interaction and quality learning through integrated technology services and data capabilities.” Blackboard hosted several panels that discussed the need for change in education to better coque samsung a50 motif support today’s learners. The company also demoed the new “Ultra” experience a modern interface and workflow to Blackboard Learn with the promise to evolve as quickly as today’s learners.
A variety of sessions were offered, with different focus areas making it possible for coque samsung a7 2018 marvel Rachel, Kari, and I to attend sessions specific to our individual roles at W I attended eleven sessions coque barcelone samsung a8 with the goal of learning more tenphone etui coque samsung galaxy a10 about accessibility, approaches coque samsung a40 skull to coque huawei p10 online course design within Blackboard, and the ways other institutions prepare and support faculty who teach online. My expectations were met, making coque a10 samsung dauphin for a worthwhile experience, and I would like to share tips I learned about designing accessible courses from my favorite session at the conference.
Accessible Course Design
Accessibility was a hot topic at BbWorld 2015. There coque samsung a20e superman were at least three sessions about making your courses and materials accessible, coque bague samsung a5 2016 both in and out of Blackboard. My favorite session was “Increasing Student Engagement: Best Practices for Accessible Course Design” presented by a team from the University of Montana. Instructional Designer Marlene Zentz and Student Accessibility Specialist coque autres huawei Aaron Page displayed two screens, one showing the default view of a Blackboard course and another showing the same Blackboard course from the perspective of a student using accessibility software.
They discussed how to design a course that will work with high contrast settings, a magnifier, and a screen reader settings and software typically used by students who are blind or visually impaired (abbreviated BVI). Zentz covered heading structure, text formatting, self describing links, alt coque phrase samsung a40 text for images and graphics, lists, and tables. Simply bolding, underling, or enlarging a piece of coque samsung galaxy a50 portugal text coque huawei mate does not make coque samsung tab a6 2019 it recognizable as a header to a screen reader. You must change the text to a heading within the text formatting tool bar. There are six levels of headers used internationally: H1 H6. Blackboard automatically creates these header levels for you as you build a course, except for when you create a body of text that contains multiple coque samsung galaxy a10 coeur sections.
For example, I coque samsung galaxy j3 2016 rigide may want to type a syllabus directly into Blackboard by creating an ‘Item’ in a content area. I should make the text of each section of my syllabus a ‘Heading’ so that a student using a screen reader can quickly navigate to a specific section rather than having to listen to the entire syllabus coque samsung a70 armure each time they visit that page. Avoid using text formatting as the only way to communicate information. Page suggested using an asterisk to convey meaning, and defining the meaning of the asterisk at the top of a page rather than the bottom so the student knows what it coque huawei p30 means from the start. The screen reader will say “asterisk” as it reads the page ensuring all of your students receive the same information.
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