Access to Labster

Open and Play Labster Simulations in Accessibility Mode

Half of Labster’s simulations are already accessible and we’re in the process of upgrading our entire catalog to be fully accessible. These accessibility features include keyboard navigation, screen reader, and resizable text.

The simulations listed here are ready to be played in 'Accessibility Mode'.

Please see the instructions below or view our ‘Accessibility at Labster’ page for more information:

  1. Opening a Simulation in ‘Accessibility Mode’

  2. Navigation in Accessibility Mode

  1. Opening a simulation in 'accessibility mode'

    Depending on how you are accessing Labster simulations, there are 2 ways to play simulations in accessibility mode.

  • If you have access to the account settings:

  1. Click on “Account settings” from the left-hand side of the menu ( Note: if you are using Labster with your Learning Management System such as Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard - you will need to click on the Labster Dashboard link to access your account settings. If you do not see the Labster Dashboard in your course, please ask your instructor to enable it)

2. Scroll down and update your “Preferences”

  • The other way to play in accessibility mode is if your loading screen looks like the following:

  1. Launch the simulation.

  2. On the simulation loading screen, open the Navigation Menu in the top-left corner of the page.

  3. Select the ‘Accessibility Mode’ option, which is third from the top.

Once the simulation loads:

  1. Select ‘Start’ to launch the simulation.

  2. Proceed through a Tutorial on how to play the simulation in ‘Accessibility Mode’.

  3. Begin playing the simulation.

There is a ‘Navigation’ tab permanently available in the LabPad in case you want a refresher on how to proceed.

This image shows the text that is shown to you in the opening 'Accessibility Mode' tutorial

Navigation in Accessibility Mode

LabPad Keyboard Navigation

  1. Spacebar — Raises or lowers the LabPad

  2. Enter — Allows selecting the highlighted element (answer or button)

  3. Tab + Backspace — Iterates within the LabPad

  4. H — Skips to the next paragraph of text

  5. Shift + S — Reads out score at any time

  6. Shift + P — Reads out the progress at any time

  7. Ctrl + Shift + Y — Re-sizes the text to three different magnitudes larger, and then returns to the standard size

Lab Room Navigation

  1. ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ arrow keys — Controls the navigation and element selection within the lab room

  2. Enter — Allows selecting the highlighted element

  3. Backspace — Serves the same functionality as the ‘Back’ button, where it brings you to your previous physical location in the lab room

Alt text for Images

  1. Alt Text Any image within the simulation can be found in the ‘Media’ tab

Note 1: If you are using a Mac, please use the ‘Command’ key instead of ‘Ctrl'.

Note 2: We recommend users either use keyboard navigation (in ‘Accessibility Mode’) or click through the simulation in standard mode using their mouse.

Please reach out to our support team if you have any questions or need assistance.