Thursday, March 12, 2020, we will be activating Blackboard Ally. Ally works seamlessly in Blackboard to gauge the accessibility of all course files. Ally scans files uploaded to Blackboard and provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements. You will receive feedback in your course on the accessibility of your files and improve content accessibility with Ally's step-by-step instructions. Ally automatically creates alternative versions of your files. This will allow students to choose the type of file that best suits their needs.
We are excited to bring you this tool. Ally fits perfectly into Northeastern State University's commitment to ensuring courses are accessible to all users. As an inclusive University, we want to continue to comply with the Oklahoma Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility (EITA) Law; Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) web standards, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG); and University non-discrimination policies.
Blackboard Ally training opportunities will be hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning after Spring Break. We plan to provide group and one-on-one training throughout the end of this semester and on into the summer.