MacMillan Achieve - Accessibility & Usability Information

This document summarizes the accessibility and usability barriers identified during testing as well as how to get help for the Learning Technology Integration (LTI) - basically an LMS plugin - for Canvas.

Macmillan Achieve is a digital learning platform that includes apps for students to use in learning environments. Instructors can assign etext, quizzes, and manage assignments. Students can read ebooks, do assignments, and take quizzes.

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Student accessibility & usability barriers 

The following information is provided to help people with disabilities know what potential barriers may exist with the MacMillan Achieve learning resource.

Some keyboard navigation barriers may be difficult for people with vision or motor disabilities

Some functionality is not reachable via keyboard navigation. In several instances, the focus style, which shows the keyboard navigating user where the navigation has moved to, is low contrast or invisible. Examples of this include the drop-down menu for security questions, as well as several links and checkboxes.

Magnification and interface barriers may be difficult for people with low vision

Student and instructor pages do not reflow when the page is magnified, making it difficult for users with low vision who need to increase magnification for readability.  While the screen is magnified, the ebook page for students is inaccessible. Some other features on the student page are unreachable due to reflow issues, including the contents of the help tab and several other table and text elements. Additionally, some features on the instructor end are inaccessible, including the tabs for insights and reports.

Some screen reader barriers may be difficult for people with vision disabilities

Some content, including the password setup process and the help tab, is missing auditory feedback which is necessary for users who are blind or have low vision and are using a screen reader or other assistive technology.  Content has missing and skipped heading levels which makes it difficult for users with visual disabilities to navigate via screen reader or other assistive technologies. Some buttons and checkboxes are missing tags, such as the “create content” and “student view” buttons, which provides a barrier to navigation as well. Additionally, some hidden elements with no content exist on the page which may cause confusion for those navigating via screen reader or other assistive devices. Some instructor elements, such as the grading table, are not accessible by screen reader.

Color contrast barriers may be difficult for people with color blindness

Some icons, links, and buttons have low color contrast and may be difficult for some users to navigate and read if they have low vision or color blindness.