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Blackboard Promotes The Creation Of Inclusive Online Learning Environments At 32nd Annual CSUN Conference
Company continues to lead the way in providing accessible education solutions that meet the needs of diverse learners

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Blackboard's continued commitment to creating truly inclusive experiences in education, several of the company's experts will share knowledge and best practices around accessibility in education during the 32nd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, being held February 27 to March 4 in San Diego. During multiple presentations led by Blackboard leaders and its institutional partners, conference participants will learn practical strategies that they can implement at their own institution to create more inclusive educational experiences for all learners.

Among the topics explored during these presentations will be strategies for motivating developers to build accessible technologies; trends and patterns in the accessibility of course content; and accessibility improvements to Moodlerooms.

Blackboard experts will present in the following sessions:


Wednesday, March 1

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

What's New with Accessibility @Moodle, presented by Jason Hardin, ‎Senior Product Manager at Blackboard, Marlene Zentz, Senior Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist at the University of Montana, and Aaron Page, Accessibility Specialist at the University of Montana. Attendees will hear how Blackboard and the University of Montana collaborated to develop new, innovative accessibility and usability improvements to Moodlerooms, Blackboard's open-source based platform. (Location: Balboa C, 2nd floor, Seaport Tower)

3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.  

Motivating Developers: A three-part solution, presented by JoAnna Hunt, Accessibility Manager at Blackboard and Heidi Jungel, Accessibility Engineer at Blackboard. During this session, Hunt and Jungel will offer strategies for motivating developers to build technology that meets the needs of diverse learners. (Location: Gaslamp AB, 2nd floor, Seaport Tower)

Thursday, March 2

4:20 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.     

Unpacking course content accessibility: insights, trends and case studies, presented by Nicolaas Matthijs, Senior Engineering Manager at Blackboard, and Ryan DiGiondomenico, Senior Manager of Design, Development, & Accessibility at the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education. This session will bring together data across many types of institutions and provide insight into the current state of affairs in course content accessibility, the trends and patterns across institutions, and practical ways in which attendees can start understanding and tackling the problem at their institution. (Location: Gaslamp AB, 2nd floor, Seaport Tower)


Blackboard partners with institutions worldwide to create inclusive educational experiences, taking a three-pronged approach to its accessibility efforts. This approach involves delivering product experiences that conform to the highest levels of global accessibility standards; helping institutions and instructors make course content more accessible through the Blackboard Ally product; and offering specialized consulting services to assist institutions in understanding their accessibility challenges and planning for change.

"Blackboard is dedicated to ensuring equal access to education technology and driving the conversation forward on this important issue," said Katie Blot, Chief Strategy Officer at Blackboard. "As institutions navigate a changing landscape of accessibility requirements, we're committed to helping surface new strategies and best practices that leaders can implement to create more inclusive learning environments."

For more information on accessibility at Blackboard, visit    

About Blackboard Inc.
Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services. With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education's partner in change.

Shawnee Cohn, Blackboard Inc., 240-888-5687

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