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Ally is an integrated accessibility tool in bCourses that provides:

  • Alternative formats of instructor-uploaded digital course content, that optimizes compatibility with mobile devices, screen readers, and other assistive technologies.
  • Interactive guidance on how instructors can make course content more accessible

Benefits for Students: Using Ally, students can convert files and course content into alternative formats such as BeeLine Reader, EPUB, Electronic Braille, Immersive Reader, PDF, HTML, MP3 (audio), and foreign language translations. Students can generate file types that work best for them without instructor assistance. In addition to helping students with disabilities, these alternative formats can help English language learners and students with diverse learning preferences (mobile, audio, larger font sizes, etc.).

Benefits for Instructors: The Ally tool assigns visual indicators next to course materials, so instructors can see accessibility scores (students do not see these indicators).  Guidance is also provided on how to create more accessible course content.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Download alternative formats provided by Ally
  • Interact with Ally scores and review suggested fixes
  • Enable the Ally Course Accessibility Report
  • Use the WYSIWYG Instructor Feedback tool
  • Identify where to receive assistance to improve scores

Attend this workshop to learn how to improve the accessibility of your bCourses content so students can better access and convert bCourses Pages and download files into multiple formats and translated versions.  During the workshop, exciting new features will be demonstrated, along with strategies to increase your accessibility scores within bCourses.

➡️ Register for this event here!⬅️

Date & Time

September 20, 2023
10:00am - 11:00am


Online via Zoom




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