[Athen] Accessibility of Blackboard LMS Learning Modules

Amy Beth Netzel abnetzel at waketech.edu
Tue Sep 22 10:19:20 PDT 2015

Good afternoon,

Earlier today, a campus colleague forwarded a message he received from the Blackboard Learn LMS listserv regarding the accessibility of content in Lesson folders versus content in Learning Modules. It sounds like the original poster is looking further into whether or not content presented in Learning Modules is available to a screen reader; however, if your campus uses Blackboard, are you aware of similar accessibility issues?

I've posted the message below.

Thank you,
Amy Netzel
Accessibility Technologist
eLearning Support Department
Wake Technical Community College

From: blkbrd-l - A list for Blackboard course administrators and faculty [mailto:BLKBRD-L at asu.edu] On Behalf Of RAY, HALLIE

Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:47 AM


Subject: Bb and JAWS: Learning Module vs. Content Folder

Good morning!

I am working with one of our Disability Resource Center folks, and she has a student using the JAWS screen reader.

It works great in one course, but only reads the item headers in another.

I looked at the .html, thinking maybe the problem course was carrying bad MS .html code from the "copy from Word" problem, but no; both courses' items are clean.

The big difference between the accessible course and the non-accessible course are that the latter is created in Learning Modules, the former in Folders. I've set up a test course for her to look at with the "bad" content in a Folder...but wanted to ask here--does anyone have experience in whether JAWS has an issue with Learning Modules?

Thanks in advance,


Hallie A. Ray

Distance Learning Course Designer

Central New Mexico Community College

Main Campus SRC 202B

Phone: 505-224-4000 ext. 52021

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