Blackboard Ally is a tool aimed at improving the accessibility of digital course content that seamlessly integrates into any Learning Management System. Once integrated into the LMS, Blackboard Ally will automatically generate alternative accessible versions (Semantic HTML, ePub, audio, electronic braille, etc.) for course content using a set of Machine Learning algorithms. These alternative accessible versions are then made available to the student and the instructor through the LMS.
Blackboard Ally automatically scans all course content in the Learning Management System for accessibility issues using WCAG 2.0 AA as its baseline. Ally then provides feedback to instructors about the accessibility issues in their content within the context of the LMS, as well as detailed guidance on how to improve the accessibility and quality of their content.
On top of that, Blackboard Ally generates an institution-wide course content accessibility report that provides unprecedented insight into how the institution is performing with regards to the accessibility of their course content. This enables the institution to understand how they’re doing, how things are evolving, what the main issues are, as well as identify what it can do to further improve things.
in this lightening talk we will present a quick overview of how a tool like Blackbord Ally can be used to improve accessibility and enable participants to assess how it could be used with their content.
References/links to further info:
Introducing Blackboard Ally: http://blog.blackboard.com/introducing-blackboard-ally/?lang=uki
More information on Ally: http://ally.ac/