Blackboard Ally is now available for D2L’s Brightspace

July 18, 2019 | Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. announced that its accessibility solution Blackboard Ally—a tool that helps institutions make digital course content more accessible and integrates seamlessly into Learning Management Systems (LMSs)—is now available for D2L’s Brightspace platform. Blackboard Ally is now fully integrated with all leading LMSs, including Blackboard Learn with the Original or Ultra experience, Blackboard Open LMS, Canvas, and Moodle. This most recent integration underscores Blackboard’s commitment to ensuring all learners have accessible digital course content and that institutions have the tools they need to support them in creating a sustainable culture of inclusion.

“We’re thrilled to expand the number of institutions and learners who have access to Blackboard Ally,” said Nicolaas Matthijs, Product Director for Blackboard Ally. “Our vision has always been to work across the different LMS solutions and make Ally available to as many students and institutions as possible. We’re looking forward to expanding our community with new institutions who share our commitment to improving the quality of the educational experience for all students.”

Blackboard Ally is now used by 600 higher education institutions in 21 countries and 20 languages. The solution leverages Artificial Intelligence elements to scan course materials for accessibility issues and supplies comprehensive reporting on the current state of content accessibility at both the course and institution level. Since its launch in April 2017, Blackboard Ally has processed over 22 million courses and over 620 million content items.

The tool automatically generates a range of alternative formats for the instructor’s original content including mobile-friendly HTML, audio, ePub, electronic Braille, and a translated version. In the past year alone, nearly two million alternative formats have been downloaded by students, highlighting how alternative formats and the underlying Universal Design for Learning principles can benefit all students.

Blackboard Ally also provides educators with guidance for improving the accessibility of their course materials. In the past year, almost half a million course materials have been improved directly through Ally, showcasing that significant steps are being taken in making course materials more accessible and easier to use for all students.

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