Keyboard only navigation tips

Learning Environment is a learning management system that enables you to access course material online. There are a number of learning tools within the system that course content is contained in. This topic provides some basic advice for people who navigate Learning Environment using a keyboard or assistive technologies that emulate a keyboard.

  1. Navigating pages using a keyboard
  2. Navigating the HTML Editor
  3. Preferences
  4. Getting additional support

Navigating pages using a keyboard

Use the Tab key on your keyboard to navigate the options on a page. Use Shift + Tab to return to a previous option. Learning Environment highlights page elements that you can interact with (such as links, fields and buttons) as you tab through them, to make it easier for you to complete tasks and select options.

Press the Enter or Return key to select a link or button.

Use the Down Arrow and Up Arrow keys to navigate drop-down menus that have an Apply or Go button beside them.

Use Alt + Down Arrow keys (Windows and Linux) or Option + Down Arrow keys (Mac) to open drop-down menus that do not have an Apply or Go button, and then use the Down Arrow, Up Arrow and Enter keys to select an item in the drop-down.

Use the Enter or Return key to open a context menu attached to a thumbnail image, and then use the Down Arrow, Up Arrow and Enter keys to select an item.

Use the Space Bar to select a radio button option.

Warning Do not use Alt + F4 to close pop-up windows or pages. This action closes your browser window.

Navigating the HTML Editor

Use the Tab key and Shift + Tab keys to navigate through the options in the HTML Editor.

Use the Shift + Arrow Keys to highlight content in the main content area of the editor.

Use the Shift + Alt + Q keys to jump to the top tool menu of the editor.

Use the Shift + Alt + Z keys to jump to the main content area of the editor.

Use the Shift + Alt + X keys to jump to the element path for the editor.

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Preferences

There are a number of settings in the Preferences tool that you may find useful when navigating Learning Environment by keyboard.

General Preferences tab

The Login Destination option lets you log directly into a course, rather than My Home. This option can simplify navigation if you are only taking one or a few courses.

Appearance and Accessibility tab

Discussions tab

Email tab

Metadata tab

Select the Basic option to simplify movement through the main metadata page.

Pager tab

Please make sure you have FLASH installed on your computer before previewing a pager sound. If you do not have FLASH installed, our system uses your default media player to preview sounds. Many popular media players trap keyboard navigation.

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Getting additional support

If you are having difficulty using Learning Environment to complete your course work, consider seeking help from your course leader or a disability services group at your institution. Most institutions have support centers to help users learn new technology, seek special accommodations, and organize tutoring and other support.

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See also

 

Desire2Learn Help | About Learning Environment