To support our commitment to a more inclusive campus, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, along with the Teaching Center, is piloting a new tool called Ally to help improve the accessibility of course content on CourseWeb.
Ally is a tool embedded directly into Blackboard (and Canvas in the future) that focuses on identifying the accessibility of content within a course, alerting the instructor to accessibility issues, then suggesting alternative accessible formats of content. We expect Ally to be an important tool in the University’s efforts to ensure all digital content—including course content—are accessible.
Improving the accessibility of course content will not only help ensure students with disabilities can access your materials, it will also improve the learning experience for students who use mobile devices as well as who want to engage with the material in a different way.
Stay tuned for more information regarding Ally's use beyond this initial pilot.