A Comparison of Learning Management System Accessibility

Monday, March 26 | 4:45PM–5:30PM | Vevey 1-2, 2nd Floor
Session Type: Professional Development
The accessibility of learning management systems is improving, but it still poses significant challenges for users with disabilities. We have defined accessibility/usability criteria based on common features in four major learning management systems: Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and Sakai. Previously, we tested and evaluated these systems for accessibility/usability and published the results in March 2010. Since then, LMS vendors have enhanced the accessibility/usability of their systems while working to incorporate some of the features suggested in our evaluation. In light of this interest, we have refreshed our testing criteria and performed a new evaluation. We'll discuss the results in this session.


  • Ken Petri

    Web Accessibility Center Director, Ohio State University
  • Hadi Rangin

    IT Accessibility & Collaboration Coordinator, University of Washington
  • Brian Richwine

    Senior Accessibility Strategist, Learning Technologies, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Marc Thompson

    Assistant Director of Teaching & Learning Experiences / Program Director, Information Accessibility, Design & Policy (IADP), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign