Workshops for New Blackboard Tool Now Available for Faculty


The new Blackboard tool, Ally, will be officially activated in all spring 2022 courses on the first day of winter interim but it is available now for faculty to enable on a volunteer basis. So far, 19 instructors have been trained and 58 courses have been enabled with Ally.

Both faculty and students will benefit from this tool. Faculty will have the ability to perform accessibility checks on course content and edit materials posted in Blackboard that need improvement. Students will have the ability to choose from several course content formats such as MP3 text-to-speech, e-reader supported files and Beeline Reader files which help readers keep track of their place in text.

Training sessions for faculty have begun and will continue through October. Faculty that would like to take advantage of these workshops can find the schedule and registration form here. Preregistration is required so that Ally can be enabled in participants courses to provide guided training. Other helpful links are Learning Technology’s support web page, which can also help answer any questions.
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