Ally is a Blackboard tool that helps instructors enhance the usability and accessibility of their course materials in UBlearns.
The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to information that is available online. As part of this commitment, the Center for Educational Innovation and UB Information Technology are collaborating to bring Blackboard Ally to UBlearns.
Ally automatically checks UBlearns course materials against WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards and provides an accessibility score for each file. For files that don’t align with accessibility guidelines, Ally offers step-by-step instructions on how to improve the accessibility of the document.
Ally also creates alternative, accessible file formats (Tagged PDF, HTML, ePub, Electronic braille and Audio) for students to download.
Ally will be available for a summer pilot and active in fall 2018 term course sites. To participate in the summer term pilot of Ally, email email@example.com for details.