CTools is a Learning Management System to assist faculty and students by providing online tools for communication, assessment, content delivery, etc.
CTools is composed of sites, and each site has a number of tools selected by the site creator. There is also a special site, My Workspace, private to you, where you can access personal information and change your settings.
This document will briefly describe the different areas, point out how they are instrumented for accessibility, going into more depth where extra assistance is needed. It is assistive-technology agnostic.
The portal consists of the following elements. They are always present:
The login link is the second link in the portal. It will take you to a Cosign login screen if you are not logged in. After successful login you will be returned to CTools.
When logged in the logout link is the fifth link after the accesskey links. It will take you to a Cosign logout page.
This list contains the links to sites you most commonly use. Each link will either take you to the site, or if you tab into it and press arrow key down, supply you with a menu of that site's tools so that you can go straight to that site and that tool by using the arrow down and up to the tool link and then activating the Enter key.
If you have a lot of sites in this list, the spillover is contained in a submenu accessed via the last link in the site list. The rest of the sites you may be a member can be found in your workspace site (where is this located?) in the "Worksite setup" tool.
The list of tools for the current site is after the list of sites. This list will vary depending on the site, since the site creator chooses what tools to use.
Tool minimize: right after the current site tool list is a link to minimize the tool list. It will have no effect on your navigation as the list will still be available to the screen reader. The links are "Expand Tool Navigation" and "Minimize tool navigation".
Google menu: the link to access the menu is the first link after the accesskeys. It will disclose a popup menu you can tab into and tab through with links to the Google apps most commonly used in the university.
The content comes right after the site list and the tool list.
Content areas will have the following elements:
All major areas of the portal are announced by a heading level 1, consist of landmark areas, and can be accessed via accesskeys:
Organization of content area will vary with the tool, but will typically consist of
Most actions in a given tool will return the focus to the top of the content area, a few will reload the portal, returning you to the top of that instead.
All content areas are organized by heading levels. Links should all be unique and descriptive. Most content views use some or all of these accesskeys:
The most common tools used in CTools are Resources, Announcements and Assignments.
This tool lists files and links that the site creator shares with the site users.
The main screen lists these in a hierarchical structure. Each line in the table will list the title in the link to the item and other data associated with the item, as well as menus with actions that you can take on the item. These actions will depend on your access level.
Navigating: the hierarchical list is represented by heading levels. You can also navigate via link lists. If you tab into a menu link, pressing down arrow will disclose the menu and you can use the up/down arrow keys to navigate the menu choices. If you are a site owner you will be able to create, revise and delete new items with these menus.
This tool contains communications from the site owner to the participants. To read a specific announcement navigate to its link and open it. Navigating: It is a simple list with each item a heading level 4. Link lists will work well as well. If you are a site owner you will be able to create new announcements via the toolbar menu at the top of the tool, edit existing announcements via the "Edit" link associated with each one. You can delete announcements by selecting the checkbox associated with it, and then pressing [accesskey + S]
Site owners set up assignments for participants with this tool. The initial screen lists the assignments as links in heading level 4.
If you are a student this will list the assignments available to you. Each assignment will reflect the status (open, in progress, completed). To start or revise an assignment follow its link to a form.
All tools use a rich text editor to help users create content. You will find this editor while adding resources, creating announcements, responding to assignments, etc.
Tab into it to edit content. When you are done you can tab out of it.
When focus is in the editor you can use these shortcut keys:
To access the editor menu for more options press alt + F10 to put focus on editor menu, then tab through menus. Within each menu use arrow keys to access the menu options.
You can use the browser's zooming function to increase text size. CTools will work well with up to 200% zoom. If you need a higher level of magnification, or if you need to have the cursor/pointer augmented, you may be more comfortable using a third-party magnifier such as MAGic (which is available on all Sites computers) or ZoomText.
To change color and contrast settings use the operating system settings, browser settings, or your prefered browser plug ins. If these do not meet your needs the CTools staff would be very happy to create a user style sheet written specifically to meet your need. Email 4HELP@umich.edu or call (734) 764-4357 giving us some details and contact information.
Email 4HELP@umich.edu or call (734) 764-4357. Your request will be routed to specialists in accessibility, CTools, and accessibility resources available to you at the university.
CTools is the Michigan version of Sakai, an open source project. Each release is submitted to accessibility quality assurance testing with the goal of meeting the WCAG 2 AA guidelines. There is a list of known issues that are being worked on. University of Michigan staff participate actively in finding, diagnosing and fixing accessibility issues in Sakai.