Blackboard is fully committed to delivering product experiences that conform to the highest levels of global accessibility standards. We believe that a mature digital accessibility program must establish a sustainable organizational culture around accessibility.

Watch a video about building with an accessibility-first approach

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Video: Building Blackboard Collaborate with an Accessibility-First Approach with the University of Montana features Aaron Page, an accessibility specialist at the University of Montana, talking about their partnership in the development of Blackboard Collaborate and the use of the system on campus.

Accessibility testing

Blackboard commits to delivering product experiences that meet the global accessibility standards. As part of this commitment, Blackboard performs regular accessibility testing.

Blackboard accessibility tests use the WCAG 2.1 AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). This is an international accessibility standard. Most of the new legislation and legal requirements worldwide aligns with this standard. Additionally, Blackboard performs reviews on proposed feature designs, code reviews, and QA reviews.

Tests are on these things.

  • What’s new
  • Known problem areas from previous testing
  • Common workflows

A third party conducts regular audits of our software. Experts perform code review, check color contrast, and test keyboard interaction. The results from these audits are then aligned to results from user testing. Individuals with disabilities perform use case tests on common workflows.

See the latest accessibility audit and functional tests performed