Design Accessible Content with Blackboard’s Content Editor

Blackboard's content editor is available throughout the platform, and has the basic functionality needed to create accessible pages for your students.

  • Use the built-in Headings to organize and structure your content - Similar to Word, Blackboard's headings feature structures your content. The image below illustrates the drop-down menu where you can select your heading style.

Screenshot of Blackboard's Content Editor indicating the use of headings with text

  • Create descriptive links and open external links in a new window - The text of your links should tell your students where they are going. In the screenshot below, the "Text to display" field is where you should add descriptive text for users.

A screenshot showing how to add ALT text to an image

  • Add ALT tags to all of your images and non-text items - You can add images to Blackboard pages by clicking the "+" symbol and then "Insert Local File". After you add an image and align it, you can add the alt-text description right within the Content Editor. Right-click on the image and choose Image from the popup menu. In the next popup, enter the Alternative description.

  • Alternatively, use Blackboard's built-in Accessibility Checker - it's a great tool for identifying images that need ALT tags.


  • Use the Accessibility Checker in Blackboard to check your course materials -  The Accessibility Checker is the half circle in the upper right hand corner. It ranges in color from red to green, indicating the level of accessibility. This is a great last step before saving your pages in Blackboard.
  • Add descriptions to complex charts, graphs and visuals - If an image requires a longer description than is appropriate for an ALT tag, then you can add a caption beneath the image that explains the visual to someone who has a visual impairment.

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