While Ally is a great tool for assessing if the content items in your course are accessible, it doesn’t check everything. What about the content of webpages that you’re using in your course (or, gasp, your course page itself)? How do you assess if the contrast is good, you have all images tagged with alt-text,[…]
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[…]
It’s not uncommon for instructors to share PowerPoint slides used in class with students. This can be a great way to help students study, take better notes, or just catch up if they were out for the day. However, it’s also not uncommon for these presentations to lack accessibility. Here, we’ll take a look at[…]
Have you started using Ally yet? One thing that might be helpful as a rookie Ally user is to see just how the tool has helped those at other institutions. One of the best ways to do that is to check out the Ally Community Stories on the Blackboard Ally website. Through this site, you’ll[…]
Ally is a new addition to the suite of tools available to you in Blackboard. Ally makes it easier to ensure that your course content is accessible and that your students can access file formats that best suit their needs and learning preferences.
Are you using Google Slides in your courses? Did you know that there’s a way to integrate live captioning into your Google Slides presentations? It’s an amazing way to open up content both to students with accessibility needs and those who simply prefer reading to listening. Plus, it’s just really cool. How Does It Work?[…]
Couldn’t attend the Growing Online Learning Conference this past month? Not to worry, all the sessions were recorded so you can watch them when and where you want. You can find videos and information about each session on the ILLCO site here, but we’ve also cross-posted it here. Accessibility: A Civil Right Vance Martin, Ph.D.Campus[…]
Whether you use social media in your classes, to promote on-campus organizations and events, or just for your own personal and professional engagement, it’s important to make sure that your audience has equal opportunity to see and read what you’re sharing.
Ally will be rolling out to all courses (read our article on what Ally is here) in Blackboard, starting in the summer of 2019. So what will that mean for you as the instructor? One of the changes that you’ll see will be the addition of alternative formats for the content in your course. If[…]
This spring, College of DuPage will be piloting Ally, a new tool for Blackboard, with the goal of a full rollout later in 2019. Haven’t heard of Ally? You’re not alone. Here, we explain just what Ally is and what it does for both instructors and students.