We’re excited to announce a new tool called Ally that is now available in Blackboard. Ally provides you guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with your digital course content, which means your learning materials will work better on mobile phones and tablets as well as with assistive technologies. Ally provides visual indicators (that only you can see) next to your course files for detailed feedback about how to correct the accessibility issues with your files. Your students will also be able to download “alternative formats” of your files by clicking the drop-down icon next to the file name, and choosing a version of the file most appropriate for their device and need. During this workshop we will demonstrate the features of Ally and guide you through the workflow for identifying and correcting accessibility issues.

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After this session, you will be able to identify which Blackboard courses you would like Ally enabled for. Since students will immediately benefit from alternative file formats once Ally is enabled, we will also present strategies for communicating Ally’s features with students. If you decide to move forward as one of the first Ally users’ group at Harper, you set an action plan for your course and become an Ally Advocate. You will earn a digital badge and also 1.0 CEUs for doing so!

  • Two sessions to choose from:
    • Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, January 28, 2021, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitators: Mike Bates, Dean, Teaching, Learning, and Distance Education and Janet Woods, Instructional Technology Specialist
  • CEUs: 1.0 CEUs available for attending the session and achieving Ally Advocate status before April 30, 2021.
  • Registration: See the Spring 2021 Faculty/Staff Orientation Week Schedule for the link to join the January 13 session. Registration Required for January 28 session.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at academy@harpercollege.edu.