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Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER): Brightspace (D2L) [New 2024]

Accessibility guide for creating OER

DL Brightspace Accessibility by Design

At D2L, accessibility happens by design. It’s a purposeful, inclusive design practice throughout our product development cycle, and it stems from our shared passion to transform the way the world learns.

D2L Brightspace live and breathe accessibility by design, capturing the spirit behind accessibility standards and legislation. This means we design to help overcome permanent, temporary, and situational constraints that might pose a barrier to digital access. Our products are designed to be perceived, operated, and understood by learners, regardless of ability. We make sure our products work well with a variety of assistive technologies such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, switch-based devices, and voice-operated inputs. As a learning innovation company, our goal is to deliver a comparable user experience for everyone.

Basics for Instructors: Course Content, Grading, Quizzes, and Discussions

Brightspace Accessibility Conformance Report

How to check Accessibility of content in Brightspace

Citation: [D2L] ( May 18, 2017) New Accessibility Checker in Brightspace HTML Editor (4:19)

Creating Web pages

Webpages are the most accessible document type in D2L Brightspace.

Digital Accessibility and BrightSpace/D2L

Citation: Associate Professor Michele Thornton for the SUNY Oswego CELT (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching) (Jan 10, 2024) Session 20: Accessibility and Brightspace (36:26)

Set-Up Brightspace Text to Speech

ReadSpeaker is integrated into Brightspace and the Listen button will appear on Content topic, Discussion, and Quiz pages:

Activating the Listen button will reveal the Player:

The player will read aloud, and (by default) highlight, content as it is read. There are several options on the Player for speed, volume, and controls. Additional settings and tools are available in the Settings menu:

Under Settings you can customize the appearance, including colours and highlighting.

Choose Reading Voices to change voices.

From Langara College's Help with Student Learning Tools - Brightspace