[Athen] Ally for Blackboard

Gunderson, Jon R jongund at illinois.edu
Mon Jun 12 07:12:51 PDT 2017


I think Blackboard A11y will be great for raising awareness of accessibility issues and bring some data to the problem of accessibility, and I am hoping the University of Illinois will purchase the feature.
But it is just the first step, the real work will be getting instructors to change behavior to adopt accessible authoring practices and hopefully help higher education pressure authoring tool vendors to support accessibility during the original authoring practices, rather than relying on error reports and remediation.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Heidi Scher
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Ally for Blackboard

Hi Lorraine,
If anyone else has any insights to Ally, I'd also be very interested.

I believe that the cost is based upon a formula (possibly number of student at an institution, Bb components, etc). I don't remember exactly, but I do remember it's based on aspects of the institution.
We are looking at Ally. Had a demo meeting that was very impressive - especially with features that they expect to have in place by the end of the year. We are waiting for further info and hope to have a sandbox in which we can do some testing.
It looks almost too good to be true - just hoping that's not the case!
Kind regards,
Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
Associate Director - Assistive Technology --- Center for Educational Access
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On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 7:33 PM, Norwich, Lorraine S <lnorwich at bu.edu<mailto:lnorwich at bu.edu>> wrote:


Does anyone have information that they have on the software. How well does it work and is it cost effective to buy



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