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Blackboard Ally for Open LMS

Making course content more accessible
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Blackboard Ally is a solution that focuses on making digital course content more accessible. Using inclusivity, sustainability, and automation as its key pillars, Blackboard Ally helps you understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all learners.

Ally helps institutions gain detailed insight and understanding into the accessibility of their content. It provides guidance and feedback to instructors to help make their content more accessible and also automatically generates a range of alternative formats to provide students with a more accessible starting point.

The key features offered by Ally, include:

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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.

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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.

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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.