Resources, videos, and best practices for designing and building accessible documents, closed captioning and more.

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Ally: Alternative Formats

What is "essential for some is good for all." (Meyer, A., Rose, D. H., & Gordon, D. (2014). Universal Design for Learning: theory and practice. Wakefield, MA: Cast Professional Publishing)

Students can access content in a way that suits their needs best, whether it is an html page (responsive for mobile), epub, and/or mp3 (audio) or, for more direct accessibility support, a tagged pdf and/or electronic braille format.

Ally: Instructor's Accessibility Score Indicators

Ally's integration with D2L allows faculty to quickly see the scores on individual content items within D2L content.

Ally: Instructor's Course Accessibility Report

Blackboard Ally has a Course Accessibility Report available to faculty. The report is helpful to point out accessibility issues within documents that could be improved on from an accessibility perspective. Ally will give the explanation and steps on of how to fix the issue.

Ally: Instructor's Introduction to Ally

Quick video introductions of Blackboard Ally and its components.

Closed Captioning Resources

Closed captioning resources for MS PowerPoint, Zoom web conferencing, and VoiceThread within D2L BrightSpace.

Developing Accessible Documents

Learn more about document design and building accessible documents.

MediaSpace: Order Captions

FACULTY: Order your own captions for your MediaSpace videos with this simple workflow.

Students: Assistive Technology

Center for Accessibility Resources

VoiceThread: How can I turn on captions for a VoiceThread?

This is an article for faculty, staff, or students and demonstrates how to turn on captions for a VoiceThread. VoiceThread is a multimedia instruction, presentation, and discussion tool used in D2L Brightspace.