East Midlands Learning Technologists

East Midlands Learning Technologists' Group, supported by ALT

Accessibility Series: Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Blackboard Collaborate Sessions

on January 2, 2014

Here is a post that I wrote on the University of Derby, Learning Technology Blog after attending an RSC Jisc webinar in January last year on ‘Webinars that work: how to minimise barriers and maximise inclusion’.

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Using Blackboard Collaborate to deliver online sessions with your students can help to bring together students at a distance whilst still enabling them to receive teaching materials and interact with each other. However, there are a few things that disabled students might find particularly challenging about accessing this type of learning opportunity.

For example:

  • Following the multiple channels of communication can be difficult especially if some of them are inaccessible to the student (e.g. audio for hearing impaired students).
  • Activities requiring immediate interaction can be more challenging for those with dexterity and spelling issues.

You may also be unaware of whether any students have a disability because they might not have disclosed this to you before the session.

In order to help remove these barriers for students it is important to think about accessibility when you are designing your session. Keeping the design of the session simple, providing easy ways…

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