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Making Your Course Content Accessible With Ally

Making your course content accessible with Ally

The University Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be piloting Ally in Blackboard* this Fall 2019. Ally provides guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with your digital course content, which means your learning materials will work better with assistive technologies for students with disabilities as well as on mobile phones and tablets. Ally is a tool embedded directly into Blackboard that focuses on identifying the accessibility of content within a course, alerts the instructor to accessibility issues, and then suggests alternative accessible formats of content with any student.

We are looking for interested instructors to pilot Ally in Blackboard this fall and provide us with feedback about the effectiveness of Ally checking the accessibility of their content and the program’s guidance on how to fix the identified accessibility issues.

NOTE: Signups for the Ally Fall 2019 pilot are now closed.

*While we are currently trying Ally within Blackboard, it also works well with Canvas. Bookmark our Canvas website for the latest information on the university’s transition.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. I teach the courses on disabilities to our Teaching Ed students, so this would also help me with content for the course.
    Will this also work in Canvas?

    1. Prof. Burth, we’ll have someone in the LMS Support and Consulting group respond directly. Our understanding is that Ally will work on multiple LMS platforms including Canvas.

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