[Athen] Angel LMS

Sharon Trerise trerise at cayuga-cc.edu
Tue Feb 3 09:42:00 PST 2009

I had always heard that Angel was one of the more accessible LMSs, but now that I have a student trying to use it with JAWS, I'm not terribly supportive of that reputation. It uses frames which is OK as long as the student understands now to navigate frames. However not all the frames have names that are very intuitive.

Likewise with some of the other features, the text descriptors are not very intuitive.

We have not been able to figure out how to efficiently and effectively navigate the Discussion feature so the student is currently not participating in discussions (has worked an arrangement with the professor to email her responses to the discussion questions to him).

If it comes right down to it, I haven't found it to be in violation of accessibility standards, but from an accessible / usability standpoint, I don't give it a high rating.


Sharon Trerise
Coordinator of Disability Services
Cayuga Community College
197 Franklin St.
Auburn, NY 13021

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Balen, Tim
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 11:40 AM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Angel LMS

Just poking around to see if anybody has experience (positive/ negative) with Angel LMS regarding accessibility and general ease of use? Our campus is considering making a switch from BB, and I (as well as many others on our campus) am unfamiliar with the product.


Tim Balen

Disability Specialist/ Assistive Technology Coordinator
Washington State University
Disability Resource Center

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