Blackboard Ally is a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible. Using inclusivity, sustainability, and automation as its key pillars, Blackboard Ally helps you understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all students.
Making course content accessible
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The institution-wide impact of accessibility
As the accessibility of digital course content is becoming an increasingly important topic world-wide, institutions must address long-standing and often overbearing challenges.
Vast amounts of course content
Large amounts of course content make it difficult for an institution to understand where they stand with accessibility issues today
Lack of awareness & understanding
Instructors struggle with a lack of awareness and understanding behind the impact of accessibility and how to create more accessible content
Learners can fall behind
Learners can be blocked or delayed in their courses due to the time involved in gaining access to alternative formats
Blackboard Ally focuses on making course content more accessible
By integrating seamlessly into systems that instructors and learners are already using, such as the Learning Management System, Blackboard Ally helps bring accessibility into existing workflows. As part of Blackboard’s commitment to accessibility, Ally is being made available to all Learning Management Systems to help benefit as many students as possible.
By recognizing the overlap between accessibility and the quality and usability of course materials, Blackboard Ally strives towards higher quality and more usable course content that can benefit all students, making a truly inclusive impact on access across the entire institution.
Learn the way you want
Blackboard Ally will automatically run all course materials through an accessibility checklist that checks for common accessibility issues. Using advanced Machine Learning algorithms, Ally will also generate a range of more accessible alternatives for the instructor’s original and will make these available to all students in the course. These alternative accessible formats include Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic braille.
The background and vision behind Blackboard Ally. Nicolaas Matthijs explains how everyone at the institution not only plays a part in better digital accessibility, but can widely benefit from it.
Nicolaas Matthijs addresses the Ally User Group with a webinar highlighting shared problems, Ally’s functionality and a demonstration of the integration capabilities. Essential viewing for getting started with Blackboard Ally.
This community is where Ally User Group participants can access useful information and updates about Ally. It is open for anyone to join.