This short course is intended for anyone using Brightspace as an introduction to disabilities, assistive technologies, and Brightspace accessibility features. It includes hands-on exercises that provide practical experience in using some accessibility features and tools. It also provides an overview of D2L’s accessibility practice and offers resources for further reference.
What Is It?
D2L’s Accessibility Lab, available for free to all Brightspace Community Members, is a course with different units offering learning content on specific topics.
- Types of disabilities,
- Assistive technologies used by people with disabilities, and
- Brightspace accessibility features designed to support users with disabilities.
The course addresses three major categories of disabilities: sensory, physical, and cognitive. Hands-on-exercises are included in each category to give you the experience of learning by doing. The lab also has a wonderful collection of resources on accessibility.
How was this Resource Developed?
The virtual Accessibility Lab was first offered as part of the D2L Fusion 2021 conference. We heard feedback from attendees and participants of the Accessibility Lab, that it should be hosted on Brightspace Community permanently.
This D2L Accessibility Lab is a response to those requests. It has been modeled after the Fusion Lab with enhancements based on suggestions made by Fusion attendees.
We are happy and excited to offer this Lab as a resource available to customers all year-round through the Brightspace Learning Center.
Who Is It For?
The Accessibility Lab is valuable to anyone interested in the topic of accessibility.
- Do you work with, or for people with disabilities in your role?
Learn more about the Brightspace features and tools that can help you to create more equitable, and equally accessible learning experiences, as well as the assistive technologies used by individuals to navigate information online.
Earn and Share Awards with Your Professional Network
Unlock a badge by reviewing all the material and trying out the hands-on exercises in the Accessibility Lab!
Share your award using your LinkedIn Profile, as can all Brightspace Awards!
Learn More About Accessibility at D2L
At D2L we want to ensure that our products are designed with empathy and inclusion in mind from the beginning. We also have great partners, like Fable helping us ensure that our Product Process is informed and powered by people who use different types of Assistive Technology day-to-day. Accessibility is an integral part of our design and development processes. You can learn more about our conformance to different accessibility standards, and more about Accessibility at D2L on our Accessibility Page.
We invite you to send us an email if you're interested in joining our Accessibility Interest Group! We offer monthly meetings and connect with Brightspace Educators all over the world.
If you have feedback that you'd like to share with us, we'd be grateful to learn from you! Please leave us a comment on this article.
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