Blackboard Ally for Faculty

What is Blackboard Ally?

Missouri State is pleased to announce the addition of a new accessibility tool in Blackboard. Blackboard Ally supports diversity, equity, and inclusive learning in a way that equally benefits both faculty and students. Blackboard Ally is available for all faculty and students starting with the 2019 Spring semester. Training sessions will be posted shortly.

Blackboard ALLY Introduction Video
Benefits for Faculty
  1. Blackboard Ally will automatically run your course materials through an accessibility checker eliminating the need to use multiple checkers and tools. 
  2. Blackboard Ally will generate accessible alternatives to your original document including audio, ePub, electronic braille, tagged PDF, and HTML for viewing on mobile devices.
  3. Alternative formats generated by Ally supports the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and allows students to choose the type of file that best suits their needs.
  4. Blackboard Ally will also provide feedback on the accessibility of your course and guidance on how to fix any identified accessibility issues.
  5. Blackboard Ally allows you to respond to student needs for accessible versions of content without additional development time for creating that content.
Introduction Blackboard Ally Training Sessions

In this session you will learn how to use the new Ally tool and the alternate versions of materials provided by Ally.  You will also learn strategies for creating more accessible course materials and how to address the common issues identified by the Ally tool.  All training sessions will be held in Meyer Library 120. 

Date Time
January 25th 10:00 - 10:50 am
February 1st 10:00 - 10:50 am
February 8th 10:00 - 10:50 am
February 15th 10:00 - 10:50 am
February 22nd 10:00 - 10:50 am
March 1st 10:00 - 10:50 am
March 8th 10:00 - 10:50 am
Intermediate Blackboard Ally Training Sessions

In this session you will learn how to incorporate the feedback that Ally provides to increase the accessibility of your course.  This session is intended for faculty who are already familiar with creating accessible documents but want to learn how Ally feedback can benefit the accessibility of Blackboard courses.  All training sessions will be held in Meyer Library 120.

Date Time
January 25th 3:00 - 3:50 pm
February 1st 3:00 - 3:50 pm
February 8th 3:00 - 3:50 pm
February 15th 3:00 - 3:50 pm
February 22nd 3:00 - 3:50 pm
March 1st 3:00 - 3:50 pm
March 8th 3:00 - 3:50 pm
Ally Ambassadors

During the pilot, the following faculty received advanced training on using Blackboard Ally.  These faculty have agreed to serve as Ally Ambassadors and answer questions from other faculty about this new tool and also direct you to available resources on campus.  If you have questions about Ally please contact your Ally Ambassador below.

College Faculty Department
AG

Will Boyer
Marilyn Odneal

Agriculture
Agriculture-Mt. Grove

CHHS

Holly Metcalf
David Caravella

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Kinesiology (per-course)

CHPA Eric Nelson History
CNAS

Kimberly Van Ornum
Katy Frederick-Hudson    

Math
Biology

COAL

Lanette Cadle
Margaret Weaver
Nora Cox
Taleyna Morris
Robyn Rowe
Paula Patterson

English
English
Communications
Communications
Communications
Music

COB Carly Pierson Marketing
COE

Annice McLean

Ching-Wen Chang
Sharie Scott
Tamara Arthaud
Melissa Schotthofer
Kimberly Roam

Reading Foundations & Technology

Reading Foundations & Technology

Counseling Leadership & Special Education

Counseling Leadership & Special Education

Childhood Ed & Family Studies

Childhood Ed & Family Studies

LIB

Jessica Bennett
Kelly Wood
Lacey Geiger    

Meyer Library
Academic Success
Access & Outreach