The CoSector Digital Learning team have partnered with Ally, to help our customers in the education sector improve accessibility and inclusion for students. We know that enhancing access to course content is a growing concern for institutions around the world as they focus on improving learning outcomes for everyone regardless of their learning needs or choices.
Jeremy Cooper, Vice President Europe at Blackboard also says:
We are really thrilled about this partnership with CoSector – University of London. We are looking forward to working together to bring our accessibility solutions into the hands of teachers and students and help contribute to a more inclusive learning environment.
Matt Hull, our Digital Services Consultant, comments:
Technology-wise, there really isn’t any other like-for-like solution in the UK at the moment. All the alternative formats are stored on the Blackboard Ally servers, so there won’t be any additional storage requirements for the institution’s VLE. I think this partnership is a great addition to our Digital Learning offering.
Blackboard Ally is a revolutionary product that focuses on making digital course content more accessible for all learners. It integrates with an institution's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and automatically runs course materials through an accessibility checklist that looks for common accessibility issues. Blackboard Ally generates a range of alternative formats for the instructor's original content including Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, electronic Braille and various translated versions. It also provides educators with guidance for improving accessibility of their course materials and reports on the current state of content accessibility at both the course and institutional level.
Accessible Content Is Better Content - Ally helps institutions build a more inclusive learning environment and improve the student experience by helping them take clear control of course content with usability, accessibility and quality in mind.
- Alternative Formats for All Learners - Improve the overall student experience with alternative formats that provide students with the choice and added flexibility that comes with a more personalised approach.
- Institutional Reporting for the Bigger Picture - Automatically check for common accessibility issues and provide institution-wide reporting on the accessibility of your course content to efficiently prioritise your resources and tackle problems.
Instructor-Specific Feedback to Save Time & Resources - Automatically increase awareness and provide detailed insight and guidance to instructors on how to improve the accessibility of their content.