Tim Henningsen, Blackboard Solutions Engineer
Rita Vela, Blackboard Client Success Manager
As Blackboard works to reimagine education on a global scale, we have the responsibility to positively impact the learning lives of people with accessibility needs. Learning Management Systems (LMS) are built to enable accessible navigation through the technology platform; however, course content uploaded to the LMS may pose significant accessibility challenges for users as well as compliance risk to the institution. Let’s open up the “black box” of accessible course content, and discuss proactive approaches to help learners, faculty and institutions succeed including a preview of Ally! Ally provides the ability to take clear control of course content and focuses on making digital course content more accessible by automatically checking for accessibility issues and generating alternative accessible formats, providing institution-wide reporting on course content accessibility and guiding instructors on how to improve the accessibility of their course content. All of this is completed with usability, accessibility and quality in mind!