Ally Can Make Your Course Materials More Accessible
First of all, the eLTI team would like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Fruitful 2018!
A new semester is going to start soon! Remember that after the first class there will be some students coming forward requiring accommodation and you realize the digital content you posted on Blackboard needs to be readable on their digital devices. – No problem, you know what to do. You spend the weekend reformatting the documents in Microsoft, converting them into PDF, running the accessibility checks. Then you go back and make the changes in Word and go through the checking process again to make the digital content AODA compliant. Good job and your students are happy J … and there are still 12 more weekends to come! Does that sound familiar? Don’t you wish there was a Blackboard tool that would automatically check the accessibility of your uploaded documents for you? Well there is, dand it’s called Ally.
We are happy to announce that Ally will be available in all the 201702 courses in Blackboard for you on Jan 23rd, 2018. Ally will save you time and provide multiple accessible formats to your students, immediately after you upload the document. Sounds exciting? Ally is a tool that works seamlessly in Bb to gauge the accessibility of your uploaded course files. It checks course materials automatically against WCAG2.0 accessibility standards.
Here are the key features of Ally:
- Provides guidance to help you improve your document’s accessibility
- Provides students immediate access to alternative formats for many types of uploaded documents including:
- HTML (For viewing in the browser and on mobile devices)
- ePub (For reading as an e-book on an iPad, Kindle, etc.)
- Electronic braille (BRF version for consumption on electronic braille displays)
- Audio (MP3 version for listening)
You will find an online training workshop for Ally on Cornerstone.