Ally is bringing its IncluCity tour to College of DuPage next week and you can take part! There will be several fun and engaging learning opportunities over the two days the tour will be here, touching not only on Blackboard Ally but also on larger accessibility issues. You’ll find the full schedule below as well as more information about the IncluCity tour.

Ally IncluCity Tour Schedule

Ally will be here on campus for two full days. You’re welcome to attend just one event or everything– registration is not required but encouraged so we can know how many people to expect!

Monday, October 7

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Video Interviews (SSC 3217 Conference Room) See below for information and sign up.
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., North American User Group Meeting (BIC 3401, Online)
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lunch and Data Review (SRC 2032, Library)
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ally Demo (SSC 3245)

Tuesday, October 8

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Podcast Recording (BIC 3401, Recording Room) See below for information.
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Video Interviews (SSC 3247, Conference Room) See below for information and sign up.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., UDL Workshop (SRC 3114, Library) Information about the UDL Workshop. Use this form to sign up for the workshop.

IncluCity Podcast and Videos

Want to share your accessibility or Ally experiences with your peers? Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in recording podcasts and videos for Ally.

  • Video Interviews will be done on Monday, October 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in SSC 3217 and Tuesday, October 8th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in SSC 3247. These interviews are for all faculty, students, and staff at College of DuPage. Sessions are 15 minutes long– please sign up in advance using this sign up sheet. You can also review both the student interview questions and faculty interview questions ahead of time.
  • Podcast Recordings will be done on Tuesday, October 8th from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in BIC 3401 (Learning Technologies). You can also review the interview questions for the podcast recordings to help you better prepare.

About the IncluCity Tour

You can read more about the tour below, taken from a blog post on the Blackboard website.

A Connected Journey towards Inclusion   

From case studies to conference presentations, the 2018 contributions of the Ally Community sparked new, global conversations about accessibility, inclusive learning, and universal design for learning (UDL). The stories and discoveries shared by members of the Ally Community through activities like the Community Forum Series and Community site have helped drive innovation in campus accessibility strategy and inclusive learning pedagogy. In our efforts to continue to connect and amplify voices in our Community, we’re kicking off the 2019 Ally Tour. The Ally Team will be circling the globe one campus at a time to learn more about how institutions are tackling their toughest accessibility challenges and measuring the impact of inclusive learning experiences on student success.

What’s Going Down on the Tour?

The Ally Team is spending 2019 on the road, visiting Ally campuses to gather first-hand accounts from instructional technologists, accessibility coordinators, faculty, and students about how accessibility and Ally are impacting teaching and learning. We’ll be sharing what we learn along the way, carrying the anecdotes and lessons from a growing community of inclusive learning innovators to each destination. We’ll also be digging into Ally usage data and findings from case studies for insights into overall trends and engagement. At each stop along the tour, we’ll be producing podcasts with Ally service leads, conducting video interviews with students and faculty, and blogging about the entire journey in the “2019 Ally Tour” space on the Ally Community site.     

Becoming Part of the Story

By the end of the Ally 2019 Tour, we’ll have woven together campus voices and research from across our Ally Community into a global portrait of inclusive education. We hope the artifacts created during our journey will help blaze new pathways for accessibility advocacy, technological innovation, and inclusive learning design. Stay involved in the conversation at as well as on Twitter and Instagram by posting questions, comments, and sharing your own experiences. 

See you on the road to IncluCity! 

One last thing! You can learn more about Ally through the Ally User Group. It’s a great way to keep up with the tour and learn more about how schools around the nation are improving accessibility.