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Alternative Accessible Formats

Blackboard Ally will automatically run course materials through an accessibility checklist that checks for common accessibility issues. Using advanced Machine Learning algorithms, Ally will also generate a range of more accessible alternatives for the instructor’s original and will make these available to all students in the course. These alternative accessible formats include Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic braille.

Instructor Feedback

Blackboard Ally provides the instructor with feedback about the accessibility of their course materials and guidance on how to fix identified accessibility issues. This aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility with instructors and generate a change in behavior over time.

Institutional Reporting

Blackboard Ally provides an institution-wide course content accessibility report that allows for deep insight and understanding into how the institution is performing and evolving from a course content accessibility point of view. This report helps track progress and can help highlight problem areas and identify initiatives that can further help improve accessibility at the institution.

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