Accessible Blackboard: Part 1- JoAnna Hunt, Senior Designer, User Experience Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11am & 8pm (Eastern Time) This session has already been delivered. Stay tuned to www.blackboard.com/accessibility for the recording. Learning Management Systems have the potential to improve the quality of the interactions between teachers and students, but they can also present serious barriers to students with disabilities. As demand for learning management software increases so does the importance of delivering accessible software. In this session we will talk about Blackboard's commitment and approach to accessibility, show you examples of what is working well within Blackboard Learn and talk about features that can be used to improve the experience for students with disabilities.
Accessible Blackboard: Part 2- Beth Stinson, Manager, Content Development Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 11am & 8pm (Eastern Time) This session has already been delivered. Stay tuned to www.blackboard.com/accessibility for the recording. In part one of this series, you learned about the importance of building accessible learning management systems and Blackboard's commitment and approach to accessibility. Teachers and instructional designers have an equally important part to play to ensure that their online content and learning experiences are accessible to all students. This session aims to increase awareness of the different accessibility challenges people face, and provide you with some universal design techniques that you can use when building content and teaching online with Blackboard. JoAnna Hunt has more than 10 years experience in education, software support, design and development and is the Senior Designer on the User Experience team at Blackboard. She has had a special focus on Accessibility since 2007 and works closely with clients and partners to ensure the best experience for all users, including those with disabilities.
Beth Stinson spent over a decade in higher education teaching faculty and students how to use technology. She has worked in software development as a technical writer and instructional designer for over a dozen years. She has been with Blackboard since 2005. Her ongoing interest in accessibility began when she was a college instructor, and continues as technology, business, and public policy create amazing new teaching and learning opportunities for everyone.