Blackboard Collaborate is now a best-in-class tool for inclusive web conferencing, thanks to built-in support for accessibility. Our fully redesigned, browser-based web conferencing system already makes distance teaching and learning simple, clear, and worry-free.
This week, Blackboard released third-party support statements issued by our accessibility partner (SSB Bart Group), detailing how Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience supports the Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 at Level AA as well as the Section 508 standards in the United States. This marks a significant milestone along our path towards truly inclusive technology for teaching and learning.
Through the development of the new Collaborate experience, we worked closely with partners like Aaron Page, a blind student accessibility specialist with the University of Montana, to ensure a truly usable experience for blind and visually-impaired learners.
We’re very excited about our progress, but we recognize there is more to do. In the coming months, the Collaborate team will be working closely with application-sharing vendors to explore the accessibility of shared files—one of the only remaining accessibility challenges in the new experience. We will also kick off relationships with students and teachers at Gallaudet University to develop a dedicated video feed to support in session American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.