New Service Announcement: Ally in bCourses

January 9, 2019

[January 11, 2019, email communication from Vice Chancellor Cathy Koshland and Assistant Vice Chancellor Jenn Stringer]

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to inform you that, beginning today, students and faculty will benefit from the integration of Blackboard Ally software into bCourses – one of our Digital Learning Initiative efforts to make digital content more accessible and user-friendly for all UC Berkeley students.

Benefits for Students

Without instructor assistance, students can now convert bCourses files into a variety of formats and languages to meet their needs and learning preferences.

Benefits for Instructors

Instructors can now

  1. improve accessibility through Ally’s visual indicatorsscreenshot of an ally indicator accessibility scores, and tips
  2. optimize digital course content compatibility with mobile devices, screen readers, and other assistive technologies using alternative formats.

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Thank you for your help to improve the student experience by building a more inclusive learning environment for all Berkeley students.

Sincerely,
Catherine P. Koshland
Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

Jenn Stringer
Chief Academic Technology Officer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teaching & Learning