[Athen] Canvas LMS vs. Blackboard

Dan Comden danc at uw.edu
Tue Jul 24 15:27:22 PDT 2012

Hi Christine,

I've nearly completed assessing our pilot implementation of Canvas.

While many modules are overall accessible, some key elements, including the
grading module, have what appear to be serious accessibility problems, esp
for keyboard/screenreader users.

I would encourage a complete assessment of both options before making a
choice. If you'd like to see my draft notes, drop me a direct email note.

-*- Dan

On Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM, Wulf, Christina - wulfcx <wulfcx at jmu.edu>wrote:

> Hi all -


> I'm quite new to this list, so please let me know if this isn't the proper

> forum for this question.


> My university is considering shifting to a new Learning Management System.

> The university has narrowed the choices down to sticking with Blackboard

> 9.1 (which we currently use) or moving to Instructure's Canvas LMS.


> I've been asked to research and compare the accessibility of the two

> programs. I've found plenty of info online, especially about Blackboard,

> but would love to hear any first hand experiences--positive or

> negative--that users have encountered using either Blackboard or Canvas.


> I'm particularly interested about how user-friendly the systems are for

> screen-readers users. A system may be technically accessible but not

> particularly easy to use.


-*- Dan Comden danc at uw.edu <danc at washington.edu>
Access Technology Center www.uw.edu/itconnect/accessibility/atl/
University of Washington UW Information Technology
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