Accessible Learning Platforms

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Accessible Learning Platforms

Accessible content is effectively used by people in the following disability groups:

  • Visual - blind or visually-impaired students
  • Auditory - deaf students or those who can't hear well
  • Motor - students with mobility impairments
  • Cognitive - learning disabled students and those with attention deficits
What About ECU's Learning Platforms?

ECU is required by state and federal laws to give equal access to students with disabilities by way of reasonable accommodation. And, it’s the right thing to do.

Blackboard, Saba Meeting and other learning platforms have built-in accessibility. And it's equally important that content created and delivered through these systems be accessible also. For a guide to creating accessible Word, Excel, PowerPoint and pdf documents, visit the Accessible Content page. The table below outlines accessibility features in Blackboard, Saba Meeting and ECU's other learning platforms. Need help with closed captioning? Contact the Department for Disability Support Services.

 Platform Accessibility Features 

Bb is committed to a usable and accessible platform. Learn more at Blackboard's Commitment to Accessibility page. For specific information on accessibility features, workarounds and remaining issues, please access these resources:


The Mediasite interface is accessible and presentations are made accessible when captions are added to recordings.

For students with visual impairments, you may need to provide content shared through Mediasite in an alternative format.

Microsoft Lync

Microsoft Lync includes keyboard navigation and shortcuts, high contrast and screen reader support. If you are using a screen reader, you hear incoming messages read aloud and receive notifications if your screen is being shared.

Microsoft accessibility resources:

Saba Meeting

Saba Meeting supports keyboard shortcuts for all in-session features, screen readers such as JAWS and Narrator, and it provides 10 different auditory alerts to notify students of session occurrences.

For hearing-impaired students, Saba Meeting enables instructors to assign a captionist. Closed captions then scroll across the bottom of the screen for all participants to see during the event as well as after the event in the playback.

In addition, for students with visual impairments, you may need to provide content shared through Saba Meeting in an alternative format.

Second Life

Second Life does have keyboard and/or mouse issues related to accessibility. Below are in-world workarounds and resources.

Tegrity supports JAWS screenreaders, keyboard navigation and offers a built-in feature to generate closed captioned content for recordings. In addition, faculty can contact the Department for Disability Support Services for assistance with closed captioning, transcripts and other accommodations. The Tegrity Campus Section 508 Compliance Report contains the full Keyboard Navigation map as well as other compliance details.
WordPress Blogs
ECU provides accessible WordPress themes. WordPress templates provide formatting that automatically creates headings and provides keyboard navigation. You can easily add alternative text for images. When creating blog content, it's a good idea to use the standard best practices for creating Web pages.


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