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D2L is a learning management system available at CU Boulder through the end of Spring 2019. On August 11, 2018, the new Daylight interface was rolled out for D2L at CU Boulder. Since D2L can be used to create and share content, this page contains information about the accessibility of the D2L platform itself as well as guidance for content creators on how to create accessible content within D2L.
‘Accessible’ means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally inclusive manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.
If you experience difficulties using D2L, please make sure to check the list of D2L-supported browsers to see if the browser you are using is supported.
The Desire2Learn website provides tips for screen reader and keyboard-only users.
Known accessibility issues are listed below, grouped by function.
The Daylight interface was released on August 11, 2018. A few issues have been identified when using it with screen readers:
Desire2Learn has developed guidelines for Organizing your Course Accessibly and Meeting Web Content Accessibility Standards. Additional resources developed by the Accessibility Initiative at CU Boulder are provided below.
For specific guidelines on accessible content authoring in D2L, please visit the OIT Instructor Tutorials Content Accessibility page. OIT has also released a guide to using D2L’s new Accessibility Checker feature.
In order to assist in better content formatting and readability, CU Boulder has created an accessible html template for use in Desire2Learn courses.
If you include Google Slides presentations within your course Content page, make sure to also provide a direct link to the slideshow outside of D2L to screen reader users. Google Slides presentations are nearly impossible to access within D2L with a screen reader.
When inserting images via the HTML Editor, you will be asked to add alternative text. The text you provide should concisely describe the content and meaning of the image. If the image does not convey any information, instead just select the checkbox “This image is decorative”. The alternative text should not contain the filename of the image.
You can set different availability dates and times for specific users. To do so, review the D2L – Add Special Access Permissions tutorial.
The Grades tool allows grade ranges to be associated with colors. This can make a grade book inaccessible to users with difficulty perceiving color or other vision impairments.
When creating the gradebook, instructors should use additional indicators, such as a grade scheme or rubric, to convey grade ranges.
The matching question type is inaccessible to screen reader users, and should not be used.
If you primarily use a keyboard, and not a mouse, use the Course Builder Tool to move topics, as it is difficult to do so in the Content tool without a mouse.
While guidance for Instructors is provided in the Information for Instructors section above, additional resources such as training and document templates will be provided as the Accessibility Initiative progresses.
OIT has partnered with Disability Services to provide assistance for accessibility issues related to OIT supported services. If you need assistance, please contact the IT Service Center at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone).
We want to hear from you about this service. If you’re having problems using this service or you have more information about the accessibility of this service that we should share with others on this webpage, please let us know by contacting the IT Service Center at email@example.com or at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone).