Instructors Guide to Blackboard Ally John Jones Director, Media Resources Center High Points Introduction: Why We Need This The Student Experience
The Instructors Experience Admin Reports Ally Roadmap A Go-Forward Strategy Questions Introduction Accessibility Elevator Pitch
Accessibility is everyones job Why we have Ally Simplified workflow for instructors Accessible formats for students The Student Experience What the student will see
Access to Alternative Formats Files and Formats Ally can provide alternative formats for these file types: PDF files Microsoft Word files Microsoft Powerpoint files
OpenOffice/LibreOffice files Uploaded HTML files These alternative formats can be generated: OCRd version (for scanned documents) Tagged PDF (currently for Word,
Powerpoint and OpenOffice/LibreOffice files) Semantic HTML Audio ePub Electronic Braille Who Needs These Formats?
Alternative formats support a wide range of students Students with different abilities Students with different learning styles
Students with complicated lives Students with preferences. Formats and Audiences: Tagged PDF You might want a Tagged PDF if:
You want to be able to copy, paste, and search text. You want to use text-to-speech and adjust the speed of the speech. You prefer to read. You study on your commute and want to take your study materials with you.
You use a screen reader. HTML (Semantic HTML) You might want to use HTML
You want to be able to copy, paste, and search text. You want to use text-to-speech and adjust the speed of the speech. You prefer to read. You study on a mobile device (on your commute, out and about, at the gym) You use a screen reader.
Audio (MP3) You might want to have an audio version of the content if:
You prefer to listen than read. Youre an auditory learner. You want to read and listen to the content at the same time. You have a lot of material to study and find your eyes get tired. You study on your commute and want to take your study materials with you.
You dont want to, or cant, carry print materials for any length of time. You have a visual impairment. You want to adjust the speed of the audio. Electronic Braille Electronic Braille is a format of the content which is ready to be read on a dynamic braille display device. You might want this if:
You have a visual impairment. You are familiar with braille. You prefer to read. You want to read and listen to the content at the same time.
The Instructors Experience This is pretty great, right? Ally is going to do all of this for your students But what do instructors need to do to make it happen?
What Instructors See Accessibility score indicators Low: File is not accessible and needs immediate attention. Medium: File is somewhat accessible and could use improvement. High: File is accessible but could be improved. Perfect: File is accessible. No improvement needed.
Guidance on Improving Accessibility Admin Reports and Tools Institutional Reports Institutiona Report: Courses
Individual Course Report How Will These Reports Be Used Identifying opportunities Demonstrating our improvement Review courses that have students requiring accommodations
The Ally Roadmap Whats coming? Usage Reporting Review of WYSIWYG Content (Blackboard Items) In-browser Remediation Audio/Video Content (Captions, Transcripts, etc)
Instructor course reports Department Reports A Go-Forward Strategy How to Add Ally to your routine Let Ally guide your learning about accessibility
Target one specific type of improvement first Accessibility isnt content == its access to your content. Dont try to do it all at once Make a plan Make sure new content is accessible Fix older content when you have free time
Questions? Need Extra Help with Blackboard and Accessibility? Come to the IDA Blackboard Labs Tuesday and Wednesday (every week) 1-3pm Ablah Library
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