Blackboard Ally in Moodle

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Following a successful pilot, Blackboard Ally will be available in all Moodle modules following the Moodle update on 18th July 2022 to help make learning content more accessible. Blackboard Ally merges into the existing workflow when lecturers and course officers upload, rollover or import content. Ally produces an accessibility indicator score for common file types. The…Continue Reading Blackboard Ally in Moodle

Blackboard Ally Alternative Formats

Blackboard Ally Overview Blackboard Ally is an online tool used to change the format of uploaded content from lecturers to your desired format e.g. changing a PowerPoint to an MP3 audio. This is part of City’s efforts to make learning more accessible to all students, including those who may process alternative formats better. Other formats…Continue Reading Blackboard Ally Alternative Formats

Moodle update – Key dates 2022

Key dates Moodle will be unavailable between 8am on Saturday 16th July and 8am on Monday 18th July 2022. This is to update Moodle, optimise the database and allow enough time to resolve any issues that might arise following the update. You will not be able to access modules or run any activities on Moodle…Continue Reading Moodle update – Key dates 2022

Learning at City 2022 – Should I stay or should I go?

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Are you wondering if you should attend the Learning at City Conference? Take a look back at conferences past:       With the Learning at City conference 2022 on the horizon at the end of June let’s take a look back at some of our previous posts and resources from past conferences: Way back…Continue Reading Learning at City 2022 – Should I stay or should I go?

Another week to enter the free ISLA survey. And a chance to win big!

Share your views on hybrid teaching Have you heard of Inclusive Synchronous Learning Activities (ISLA) at City? Have you used, or thought about using hybrid/dual-delivery teaching? We’re keen to understand how this new mode of teaching, where some students are physically in the classroom and others are online at the same time, has been experienced…Continue Reading Another week to enter the free ISLA survey. And a chance to win big!

Vacancy – Assistant Educational Technologist (Operations)

Assistant Educational Technologist City, University of London Fixed term, 14 months Salary:  £30,497 – £37,468 Closing date:  Tuesday 14th June 2022 11:59pm Interviews: 4th & 5th July 2022 View job description & apply online City seeks to recruit an Assistant Educational Technologist (Operations) on a 14-month fixed term basis. Based in the Digital Education Operations…Continue Reading Vacancy – Assistant Educational Technologist (Operations)

Reflections on Global Accessibility Awareness Month

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It has been an amazing month of activities to raise awareness about Digital Accessibility and how we can make City’s digital content more accessible for staff and students. In this closing blog, I will start with some statistics about what we have been up to this month and then focus on a couple of my…Continue Reading Reflections on Global Accessibility Awareness Month

Share your views on the digital environment and services at City

Academic and Professional Services staff are invited to take part in this year’s Jisc Digital Experience insights survey to find out more about how you and your colleagues are using technology and how this affects your teaching and/or professional practice. The Jisc Digital Experience survey is a national survey which over 100 UK HE institutions…Continue Reading Share your views on the digital environment and services at City

GAAD 2022: Accessibility at City – Find out what we’re working on!

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City is currently celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) with a month’s worth of amazing events. On May 25, Dr. Miranda Melcher hosted a panel event showcasing some of the work on digital accessibility that’s being done at City! The panelists were James Saward who leads the Disability and Neurodiversity Support team, Jessica Wykes in…Continue Reading GAAD 2022: Accessibility at City – Find out what we’re working on!

The Blackboard Ally Pilot

Blackboard Ally module accessibility report dashboard showing 1) the types of course materials in descending order of the total number of resources, 2)total content with the easiest issues to fix, and 3) total low scoring resources

This year I have been fortunate to pilot Blackboard Ally.  Blackboard Ally is software that sits within Moodle and automatically checks the resources in my modules for accessibility, helping me to make sure that they can be used by all the students enrolled. I became involved in this project through my work with City’s Digital…Continue Reading The Blackboard Ally Pilot