Accessibility in Blackboard

Blackboard is fully committed to delivering product experiences that conform to the highest levels of global accessibility standards. Towson University’s Blackboard Support Team knows that accessibility is imperative, not an afterthought.

All Blackboard products are designed and developed with the internally recognized Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) Guidelines 2.0 Level AA as well as the Section 508 standards in the United States. Blackboard is becoming more accessible, and TU's Blackboard environment has 3rd party integrations that some professors utilize. Learn more about the 3rd party vendor accessibility information (PDF) and about the importance of accessibility in education. If you have questions, please contact TU Blackboard Support

Resources for Instructors

Watch a Webinar on Blackboard accessibility

View this checklist for course accessibility

Tips for Making Your Course Accessible:

  1. Write plainly by keeping your sentences short and using simple words. Learn how to write accessible content.
  2. Use descriptive headings and apply heading formatting.
  3. Avoid using font styles, color, bold, italics, underline or strikethrough to emphasize content.
  4. Use purposeful images and include alternative text to those images.
  5. Make descriptive links when linking outside your course.
  6. Use lists over tables if you can.
  7. Properly list content using bullet points or numbered lists.
  8. All videos should be captioned.
  9. Format your files and documents to be accessible. Register for the OTS Training workshop: “Creating Accessible PDF Documents.”
  10. Provide students with clear expectations, instructions and directions for all assignments and tests.

Resources for Students

View useful keyboard shortcuts in Blackboard