The webinars utilizes a variety of formats depending on the topic. The primary form of delivery is via a web based conferencing system. Participants can listen to the webinar via telephone in addition to web conference system. If you plan to log into the on-line webinar system to view the presentation, listen to audio, chat, access captioning and Video Sign Language Interpreter and/or submit questions it is important that you follow the instructions for checking your computer system to ensure that it is configured correctly and you have the necessary software to access the webinar platform. We recommend that you prepare your technology prior to the session. Depending on your organizational policies you may need the assistance of your IT Staff if firewalls prevent you from downloading files.
What is a Webinar?
A webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that allows you to view
the presentation, chat and speak in real-time over the internet. The online conferencing
system, Blackboard Collaborate, used for AccessibilityOnline
Webinar Series provides the most accessible conferencing and collaboration experience
possible. Individuals can participate in a fully-accessible, online conference from
anywhere that they can access the internet.
What is Closed Captioning?
Closed Captioning is an accessibility feature of Blackboard Collaborate that enables session attendees to transcribe audio information for deaf and hard of hearing attendees while a session is in progress. All of the webinar programs provide Closed Captioning via the Blackboard Collaborate. The transcribed text can be viewed during the live session and in a recording of the session. It can also be saved to a text file.
Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual environment optimized
for learning. Whether you have two learners or two hundred Blackboard Collaborate enables world-class communication, collaboration, and education
that transforms the webinar experience. This technology ensures that all participants
are in sync, regardless of computer platform or Internet connection speed.
In support of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Blackboard Collaborate provides a variety of features that promote
A list of supported systems and browsers are available on the
Blackboard Collaborate website.
Accessibility in Blackboard Collaborate
Instructions for configuring Blackboard and the JAVA accessibility Bridge for screen reader users is available.
Blackboard also provides detailed information for the accessibility features of their Collaborate software on their
help pages, including information about options for Low Vision and Blind, Color Blind, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Mobility
accessibility. Blackboard's site has detailed instructions for
keyboard navigation, using the
to report session events and
other Accessibility Options.
Blackboard Collaborate Launcher
Blackboard Collaborate relies on a launcher utility software that provides a convenient and reliable way to run the platform and join our webinars. We
have an overview of the Blackboard Collaborate
installation and there is more detailed instructions available from Blackboard.
Note - on desktop computers Blackboard is dependent on JAVA, which some organizations prohibit. Installing Blackboard Collaborate Launcher or JAVA
may require the assistance of your IT department for proper installation. Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is free to download.