Ally is a tool in Blackboard to improve course content accessibility that benefits all students. Learn more by watching this 5-minute video introduction for faculty.
- Ally Resources and Support
- Overview documents for faculty new to Ally
- Ally Toolkit
- Additional resources to assist faculty in creating Blackboard course content that follows principles of Universal Design.
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Session presented by Laura Traynor (Pharmacy) and Susan Gallanis (CELT) on Thursday June 4, 2020.
The presenters will introduce the concept and principles behind Universal Design and how making small changes can positively impact all students in a course. A new Blackboard tool that enhances Universal Design, Ally, will be introduced. Ally assists faculty in developing a course that benefits all types of learners.
Link to session recording
2020 06 04 UDL and Ally Seminar Power Point
Additional resources to assist faculty in creating Blackboard course content that follows principles of Universal Design.
Word formatting basics (video)
Headings in Word (video)
Lists in Word (video)
This is an open resource that contains MANY resources for how you can make your content more accessible: OER_Accessibility_Checklist
Microsoft Word has a built in Accessibility Checker. Learn more about the MS Word Accessibility Checker.
This document is from a January 2020 Course Design for Student Success that incorporates many of the features addressed above, but in a printable format with screenshots: Course Design for Student Success – Ally 01202020 (2)
Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (comprehensive website): http://udloncampus.cast.org/home
Link to session recording and PPT of a session regarding UDL and Ally held at Concordia University Wisconsin on June 4, 2020: link to materials
This document outlines the Learning Resource Center’s implementation of the Accessible Information Management (AIM) system. If you have questions, please contact the LRC at x2623.
Course materials you develop using principles of Universal Design can benefit ALL students, not only those with disabilities. The Universal Design Tip Sheet explains how you can incorporate UD to your teaching strategies, document design, and Blackboard Learn text boxes.
The most current Tip Sheet: Universal Design for Learning Tips 05172018
Here’s an interesting article about a professor who found that by turning on the captions for educational videos, all students benefited, not just those with disabilities. The benefits showed up in student scores and class discussion.