Campus Technology Study Ranks Accessibility of Top Learning Management Systems

A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study published in March comparing learning management system has concluded that the latest crop of learning management systems evaluated have made “significant progress” since the assessments started in 2005.

The review examined four major LMSes:

  1. Blackboard Learn version 9.1 Service Pack 6 and 8
  2. Desire2Learn version 10
  3. Moodle version 2.3
  4. Sakai version 2.8.
If not designed with accessibility in mind, Learning Management Systems (LMS) can pose accessibility problems for students and instructors with disabilities. Depending on the features enabled for a given course, students with disabilities could find that participating independently and effectively is nearly impossible. In addition to disenfranchising students, a lack of access to learning resources can expose institutions to legal liability under Section 508 and potentially ADA rules.

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