[Athen] Blackboard Ally and Kaltura Reach

Russell Solowoniuk solowoniukr at macewan.ca
Mon Apr 16 09:59:38 PDT 2018

Hi everyone,

Last week I watched an online webinar on "Automating accessibility within the learning management system". CSU Chico did a pilot project and used Blackboard Ally and Kaltura Reach in the project.

>From what I understand, Blackboard Ally will take materials that instructors upload into the LMS and create several alternate formats of the materials (HTML, ePub, audio, electronic Braille), and make these formats available to students. It will also send an accessibility report to the instructor showing where accessibility issues within their original document were found. In addition to this, I think it also creates an institutional accessibility report.

CSU Chico also used Kaltura Reach to help caption videos. Again, from my understanding, Kaltura Reach will automatically caption videos that are uploaded into the LMS. Depending on the quality of the videos, the accuracy rate can be as high as 75% or higher.

Some of this sounds too good to be true, so I just thought I'd check with all of you to see if anyone is using either of these products, and, if so, how well are they working for your institution.

Thanks for any feedback.


Russell Solowoniuk
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