BCcampus is coordinating the collaborative testing and evaluation of the accessibility application Blackboard Ally with 5 BC post-secondary institutions.
What is Ally?
Blackboard Ally is an accessibility application that works with your existing Learning Management System (Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle) to help ensure that your digital course content is accessible by learners. Ally provides your LMS content in accessible formats, including electronic braille and audio files. Ally also provides instructor feedback and guidance on creating accessible learning content as they create course content. Finally, Ally provides institutional reporting that allows institutions to audit the content within their LMS for accessibility issues.
In November of 2017, BCcampus hosted an EdTech Demo of Blackboard Ally, an accessibility platform designed to assist institutions in the development and maintenance of accessible learning content (see EdTech Demo: Blackboard for an archived webcast of the demo).
Following the EdTech Demo, both BCcampus and Ally were approached by B.C. institutions expressing interest in exploring the software more closely.
May 2018 – Five institutions have signed on to take part in the evaluation pilot. In the fall of 2018, UBC, North Island College, Camosun College, Vancouver Community College, and Langara College will be testing Blackboard Ally.
March 2018 – EdTech and Accessibility representatives from the 25 public post-secondary institutions were invited to attend an informational webinar. Also invited were representatives of BCNet and CAPER-BC. View the AllyWebinar slides.
For more information
This project is being coordinated by Clint Lalonde, Manager of Education Technology and Development. You can contact Clint Lalonde at BCcampus for more information.