The accessibility of our digital learning tools

Information on some of the accessibility features that are in place for the University’s core digital learning tools, and where to find more information about each of these services.

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Blackboard Learn

Keyboard navigation

  • Industry-standard keyboard interactions are used throughout Blackboard Learn to move between menus, open menus, and interact with content.
  • Blackboard Learn’s content editor provides keyboard shortcuts for formatting the content. To use your keyboard to jump to the content editor toolbar, press ALT + F10 in Windows, or ALT + Fn + F10 on a Mac.

Find out more about keyboard navigation in Blackboard Learn.

Screen readers

  • For the best screen reader experience, Blackboard recommends using Google Chrome and JAWS in Windows, or Safari and VoiceOver on a Mac.
  • Blackboard Learn uses a logical heading structure to properly structure pages and enable users to navigate using headings, giving users the ability to understand the structure of any page quickly and move to the appropriate section or content item easily.

Content

  • Learning materials in Blackboard courses, such as Word docs and PDFs, can be downloaded in alternative formats using Blackboard Ally.
  • Media items in Blackboard Courses use the Kaltura Player accessibility features.

Find out more about accessibility in Blackboard Learn

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template for Blackboard Learn

Read Blackboard's accessibility statement


Blackboard Collaborate

Keyboard navigation

  • Industry-standard keyboard interactions are used throughout Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Keyboard navigation patterns differ between browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome), but the interactions within any particular browser are common and consistent.
  • Global keyboard shortcuts are established for common actions in Blackboard Collaborate. Additional keyboard shortcuts include:
    • Turn microphone on and off: press Alt + M in Windows, press Option + M on a Mac
    • Turn camera on and off: press Alt + C in Windows, press Option + C on a Mac
    • Raise and lower your hand: press Alt + H in Windows, press Option + H on a Mac

Screen readers

  • For the best screen reader experience, Blackboard recommends using Google Chrome and JAWS in Windows, or Safari and VoiceOver on a Mac. Content uploaded to a Collaborate Session can be accessed via a screen reader. Click the download button to save a copy of the presentation for offline viewing.

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  • Blackboard Collaborate uses Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology to provide captions for recorded sessions. 

Captions are not currently available during live Collaborate sessions, however, you can use the Google Chrome Live Captions feature to generate them for you.

Find out more about accessibility in Blackboard Collaborate

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template for Blackboard Collaborate

Read Blackboard's accessibility statement


Echo360 (Encore)

Player features

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Read Echo360's accessibility statement and find out more about tool's features


Google Meet

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Users can control the camera and microphone, and open meeting controls using the keyboard:

Screen readers and magnifiers

  • Users can use Google Chrome’s built-in screen reader, full-page zoom, high contrast colour, and other accessibility extensions.

Find out more about Google’s accessibility products

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Find out more about accessibility in Google Meet

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template for Google Meet

Read Google's accessibility statement


Kaltura

Kaltura player features

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  • Kaltura uses Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology to provide captions for recorded sessions.
  • Interactive Transcripts are optionally available for captioned videos, allowing viewers to navigate through the video by searching or browsing for keywords or phrases.

Read Kaltura's accessibility statement and find out more about the tool's features

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template for Kaltura


Numbas

Accessibility features

  • Industry standard keyboard interactions are used throughout Numbas, and all Numbas assessments can be accessed via keyboard alone
  • Numbas assessments can be accessed via screenreader users
  • Numbas layout is responsive and usable on screens with a variety of resolutions, including mobile devices.

Find out more about accessibility in Numbas


PebblePad

  • PebblePad supports the latest versions of JAWS and NVDA screen readers.
  • All user interface components and navigation elements can be accessed using only the keyboard allowing all users to perform all required actions.

Read PebblePad's accessibility statement and find out more about the tool's features


TurningPoint

  • TurningPoint Desktop and Web are both tested on JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver screen readers.
  • TurningPoint Desktop and Web supports standard keyboard navigation, however not all content is easily accessible without the use of a screen reader.

Read TurningPoint's accessibility statement and find out more about the tool's features

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template for TurningPoint Desktop

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template for TurningPoint Web Application


Turnitin

  • Turnitin Student Feedback Studio and Online Grading, Assignment Submission, Originality Report, Similarity Report and Student PeerMark are tested using JAWS screen reader and keyboard exclusive navigation.
  • Not all features are accessible via Keyboard alone. The Text Only Similarity Report might be useful to users of assistive technology.

Read Turnitin's accessibility statement and find out more about the tool's features


WondaVR

Accessibility Features

  • WondaVR, along with other VR Environments rely on precise touch or motor interactions to navigate.  As such, they are largely not compatible with screen readers, nor can they be accessed via keyboard navigation alone. 
  • It is not possible to use browser controls to Zoom in or otherwise resize content in Wonda VR. 
  • Accessing experiences via a VR Headset might address some of the above issues. 
  • VR is an emerging technology, and as such there are no industry guidelines to provide metadata or alternative text to support users access virtual environments. 

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  • Wonda VR does not provide captions on video content, however, you can use the Google Chrome Live Captions feature to generate them for you.

Discussion of the Accessibility of Virtual Reality Environments from the University of Melbourne


Wooclap

Keyboard navigation

  • Industry standard keyboard interactions are used throughout Wooclap. 

Read Wooclaps Accessibility Statement and find more about the tools feature