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Images - Acessibility

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Images - Accessibility

For all Blackboard shells, as well as online courses, reasonable accommodations must be made to web content (not only face-to-face instruction) to maximize student accessibility in your course and comply with federal ADA requirements. 

Instructors bear the responsibility of ensuring subsequent changes to approved courses continue to meet these and other DEC and ADA standards. Contact IT and/or Disability Services for assistance.

 

Below are items you must check to ensure all Images in your course are accessible.

Ensure all images are clear. 

  • Images should not be pixelated or blurry.
  • Images should have a clear purpose and should only be used if they pertain to the content.

Ensure all images have alt texts/long descriptions attached to them.

If you are using images in a document or in Blackboard, you will need to ensure that all images have alt texts and descriptions. Below are directions on have to add alt texts and descriptions to Office 2016 files, Office 365 files, and Blackboard.

  • Office 2016 
    1. Insert or click the image in Word or PowerPoint file.
    2. Right click on the image until a pop-up window appears. Click Format Picture.
      • Image of a cookie with a pop-up window showing a number of options. Format Picture is highlighted with a red box.
    3. Click the third icon in, Layout and Properties.
      • Format Picture window with 4 icons. The third icon is highlighted
    4. Click Alt Text until two text boxes appear, Title and Description.
      • Alt Txt is open showing two text boxes, Title and Description.
    5. When you are finished, click the X in the upper right corner of the Format Picture window to close the window.

 

  • Office 365
    1. Insert or click the image in your Word or PowerPoint file.
    2. Click the Format tab that appears when you click the image.
      • Format link
    3. Click the Alt Text icon.
      • Alt Text icon
    4. The Format Picture window will open showing you two text boxes, Title and Description. 
      • Format Picture window with two text boxes, Title and Description
    5. When you are finished, click the X in the upper right corner of the Format Picture window to close the window.

 

  • Blackboard - Build Content: Image
    1. Go to the area in your course where you want to add an image. 
    2. Put your mouse over the Build Content link.
      • Build Content link is clicked with a window of options. Image is highlighted with a red box.
    3. Click Image.
    4. Fill out the required information indicated with an * (asterisk). Fill in the information for Alt Text and Long Description
      • Create Image page shows a list of options including Alt Text and Long Description highlighted with a red box.
    5. Click Submit located at the bottom of the page when you are finished. 

 

  • Blackboard - Build Content: Text Editor
    1. In the Text Editor, click the icon that looks like an image. It is the second icon in the third row.
      • Text Editor with a space to type and icons for editing purposes. The second icon on the third row is highlighted with a red box. This is for adding images.
    2. A pop-up window will appear. Browse your computer to locate the image you want to insert.
    3. Add an Image Description and a Title.
      • Insert/Edit image pop-up window allowing you to add or edit an image file. Image Description and Title are highlighted with a red box.
    4. Click Insert in the pop-up window. 
    5. When you are finished, click Submit on the main page.

 

 

Avoid animated or blinking images, text, or cursor, which can cause seizures for some people.

 

Provide a description of the image in the questions or answer text if used in an assessment. 

  • Blackboard - Tests
    1. Locate the test where you want to add or have added an image in a test question. 
    2. Click the gray down arrow until a pop-up window appears. Click Edit the Test.
      • A test is being edited in Blackboard. A pop-up window is visible with Edit the Test highlighted with a red box.
    3. Locate the question in the test with the image. Click the gray down arrow until a pop-up appears and click Edit
      • A test question is visible with a pop-up window with the Edit link highlighted with a red box.
    4. Underneath the image provide a description of what the image is or what the image is showing. This should be included in addition to the Alt text that is added when inserting the image. 
      • A text box with a text editor shows a question "what color is the sky?" with a picture of a blue sky and white clouds. A description of the image is listed below.

 

 

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