Blackboard Ally Orientation

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Blackboard Ally Orientation
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The following section includes both external curated documentation, and in-house guides for getting started with Blackboard Ally. <a href="https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/teachingcontingency/files/2021/04/01-Ally-Tools.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-2141 alignright" src="https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/teachingcontingency/files/2021/04/01-Ally-Tools.png" alt="Screencapture of the Ally alternative format widow that students can use to choose the format that best works for them" width="300" height="286" /></a> <h2>Ally Basics - What Ally does</h2> <span style="font-size: medium;">The attached guide explains the alternative formats and the Ally Indicator Dials.</span> <a href="https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/teachingcontingency/files/2021/04/A_Ally_Basicsv2.pdf">A_Ally_Basics.pdf</a> <span style="font-size: medium;">You may also wish to view <a title="Link to excerpt of Overview for Instructors Video" href="https://safeshare.tv/x/CnuM8NFvu_M" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">this short overview video about Ally</a>.</span> <span style="font-size: medium;"><a title="Link to Ally sneak preview video" href="https://safeshare.tv/x/6fFxfDD1t_E" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">This longer video</a> created by the Digital Learning, Portal and Intranet Services (DLPIS) Team for Global Accessibility Awareness Day also shows Ally in the context of a University of Brighton test module. </span> &nbsp; <h3>Ally Basics - Using the Instructor Feedback Panel</h3> <a href="https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/teachingcontingency/files/2021/04/A_Ally-QuickStart-2018_03-InstructorFeedbackv2.pdf">A_Ally-QuickStart-InstructorFeedback.pdf</a> <span style="font-size: medium;"><a title="Link to information about the instructor feedback panel" href="https://help.blackboard.com/Ally/Ally_for_LMS/Instructor/View_File_Accessibility/Instructor_Feedback_Panel" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">This page at the Blackboard help site</a> provides an overview of the Instructor Feedback Panel and how to use it.</span> <span style="font-size: medium;">You may also wish to view this <a title="Link to video showing how to view file accessibility" href="https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5f1dfd6fb9c23" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">short video about viewing the file accessibility with Ally in Blackboard Learn</a>.</span> <h3>Ally Basics - What Ally Checks</h3> <a href="https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/teachingcontingency/files/2021/04/A_AccessibilityChecklist_BestPractices.pdf">A_AccessibilityChecklist_BestPractices.pdf</a> <!-- x-tinymce/html-mce_95583998511617804085612 --><span style="font-size: medium;"><a title="Link to information about the accessiblity checklist" href="https://help.blackboard.com/Ally/Ally_for_LMS/Instructor/Improve_File_Accessibility/Accessibility_Checklist" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">This page at the Blackboard help site</a> provides both a basic checklist and a <a title="Link to in-depth list of elements that are checked" href="https://help.blackboard.com/Ally/Ally_for_LMS/Administrator/Institution_Report/Accessibility_Checklist" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">more in-depth list of the elements</a> that Ally checks to assess the accessibility of content. A PDF of the basic checklist is also attached.</span> <a href="https://studentcentral.brighton.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_3608076_1&amp;course_id=_115277_1#top">Back to top</a> <h2>5.2 Where should I start to improve the accessibility of my resources?</h2> <!-- x-tinymce/html-mce_8041179311617804200594 --> <a href="https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/teachingcontingency/files/2021/04/B_BbAlly_where_to_start.pdf">B_BbAlly_where_to_start.pdf</a> <span style="font-size: medium;">This guide has been created to help with process of deciding which content to update first and what to prioritise.</span> <a href="#top">Back to top</a> <h2>5.3 What should I be aiming for?</h2> <a href="https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/teachingcontingency/files/2021/04/C_02BbAlly_what_to_aim_for.pdf">C_BbAlly_what_to_aim_for.pdf</a> <!-- x-tinymce/html-mce_30247192811617804350217 --> <span style="font-size: medium;">Learn about </span><span style="font-size: medium;">soft levels to aim for in terms of the accessibility of resources. Accessibility will naturally vary according to the file types in use, so some modules will be easier to update than others.</span> <a href="#top">Back to top</a>
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May 7, 2021 @ 17:06:55 Fiona MacNeill
April 8, 2021 @ 08:56:43 Fiona MacNeill
April 7, 2021 @ 14:14:16 Tucker MacNeill

I have been working in the Educational Technology field within Higher Education for eleven years. A big part of my job is finding new and innovative ways of integrating technology into current teaching and learning methodology. This can include assisting academic staff with Virtual Learning Environments/Learning Management Systems (Blackboard), implementing specific software packages, maximising current technologies and championing new ones. I find this profession both riveting and rewarding. I really enjoy life on the cutting edge, but I also enjoy being able to help staff achieve small and meaningful efficiencies; sometimes that makes all the difference.

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