The Learn 2016 Theme for Blackboard Learn is a modern version of the user interface that incorporates elements from the new Blackboard design language including color, fonts, and spacing for greater consistency between Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, and the Bb Student app. This optional theme is a first step in improving the experience for mobile users. Instructors and students can access their course materials whether they're at a desk or on the go!
When users log in to Blackboard Learn on a mobile device or tablet, screen elements compress or change position so they stay visible. As the screen gets smaller, modules and tool tiles stack so the user still has access to them at their fingertips. The responsive design elements of the Learn 2016 theme improve the user experience for anyone who wants access to their Blackboard Learn courses on their own schedule.
Support for Accessibility
The Learn 2016 theme was designed with WCAG 2.0 principles in mind and follows accessibility guidelines for structure, color contrast, and navigation. Fully visible keyboard focus has been built directly into this theme as well as best practices for the definition of buttons and menus used for navigation. The theme will continue to be extended to incorporate modern screen reader navigation approaches such as ARIA landmarks.
Here's a quick comparison of what to expect.
|Feature||Learn 2012 theme||Learn 2016 theme|
|Platform||Blackboard Learn 9.1: Supported||Blackboard Learn 9.1: Supported|
|Branding||Supported||Banner image is supported
Custom login pages are supported
Brand configuration, such as color settings and background image, is supported
Course themes are not supported
|Mobile Browser||Not optimized||Improved experience
While the experience is improved, mobile browsers are not a supported technology at this time.
More about browser support
|Content Area||Not optimized on mobile||Responsive
A content area is responsive when the content it contains is built using responsive practices.
|Login page||Not optimized on mobile||Responsive|
|Tests||Not optimized on mobile||Improved experience|
|Tabs and Modules||Not optimized on mobile||Improved experience|
|Grade Center||Not optimized on mobile||
Responsive on Desktop
Shows full title of each column, view as many columns as screen size will allow. Full screen mode introduced.