Schoology

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Stay connected to your academic life with the official Schoology for iPhone and iPad app.

Manage your classes, view assignments, track your grades, participate in discussions, and communicate with classmates.

Use your iPhone or iPad to create assignments, events, discussions, announcements, view assignment submissions and edit grades.

A Schoology account is required to use this app. You can register for your free account at http://www.schoology.com/register

Version

2.2.1

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPad

Accessibility Comments

The Schoology app would be great for students who are visually impaired if it were fully accessible. Unfortunately, it is not.

The biggest difficulty that I have found (thus far) is that the user cannot access items from the header menu. This is the menu that first opens when the Schoology app is started. VoiceOver reads the selections, but double-tap does not open the selections, so the user is stuck on the Recent Activity page (or whichever was the last page accessed). The user cannot access Courses, Groups, Grades, Messages, Calendar, etc.

I was able to create an account using VoiceOver. Once logged in, I was able to start the tour by navigating the page and double-tapping on the "Start the Tour" link, however, the tour consists of pop-up notifications that VoiceOver does not focus on or read. It may read the first pop-up, but it does not read subsequent pop-ups, and this seems to be a consistent problem. When creating a course, after typing in the course name or section name, the VoiceOver focus went off the pop-up dialog box and went back to the Schoology Home. So, I had to drag my finger around the screen to locate the Create Course dialog box.

After I created a course, the pop-up notifications returned (similar to the tour). VoiceOver read the first pop-up notification, but after that, it did not read them.

Creating an event is difficult, because VoiceOver does not read the pop-up dialog box, so the user does not know what to do next. I had to drag my finger around the screen to locate it. When located, I had to drag my finger to find the top-left corner to begin the process. It may have been possible to swipe to get there, but it was difficult to determine whether or not that was so. I had to step away from my desk at this point, and when I returned and tried to access Schoology again, I ran into the problem of not being able to access my items from the header menu.

At this point in the process, I have stopped my review, because it is pointless to move forward if a user who is visually impaired cannot access items from the header menu. Hopefully, the developer will respond with an update soon.
 

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads a few page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

Some parts of the app are accessible with VoiceOver, but not enough to make it usable.

Other Comments

I hope that any other users of this app will share their experience.

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