With the uncertainty of living in a pandemic, more students are now participating in learning environments that require interfacing with digital content. To optimize this experience, Ally was introduced into Harper’s Blackboard environment in the Fall of 2021. If you aren’t familiar with Ally yet, it’s a tool that integrates with Blackboard allowing instructors to address accessibility issues. Ally also gives students the ability to download course content in a format that meets their needs.

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Instructors who use the Ally tool have shared their positive feedback on its ease of use and the knowledge they have gained about course accessibility. See the infographic below (or view the PDF version) for more insight on the positive impact the use of Ally has made in the first semester it has been implemented at Harper.

Here are some ways to learn more about Ally and accessibility of course content:

  • Attend the 20-minute Opening Week Ally session on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. – More Info
  • Become an Ally Advocate by completing a chosen pathway to remediate course content. This option can be completed during the semester at your own pace with guidance from the Academy as needed. Advocates are awarded a badge and 1.0 CEU’s upon completion. – More Info
  • Fix Your Content Hour – the Academy will be hosting this session on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 10 a.m. This will be an opportunity for faculty to spend the hour fixing their content with the help of Ally and the Academy. More details to come!
  • Visit the Ally Support page or fill out the Academy Request Form to be connected with an Academy team member who can help.

 

Blackboard Ally: Optimizing the Digital Experience for Students