Moodle update introduces Blackboard Ally

Moodle updated

Moodle was successfully updated over the weekend. Although City is remaining on version 3.9 of Moodle, you will notice one significant addition to the system. Blackboard Ally is available in all Moodle modules to help make learning content more accessible. Blackboard Ally merges into the existing workflow when you upload, rollover or import content. Viewable only to staff enrolled on the module, Ally produces an accessibility indicator score alongside common file types and provides guidance on how to fix accessibility issues. Ally also creates automatic alternative formats of your files. This allows students to choose the type of format that they want to use to review the content.

Blackboard workshops

The Digital Education team are running workshops across the summer to introduce you to Blackboard Ally. The 30-minute workshop will look at how to access your module’s accessibility report, what it means and and which quick wins can be done to support accessibility at City.

You may also be interested in the Introduction to Digital Accessibility which provides an overview of the digital accessibility regulations, highlights common issues and introduces tools you can use to assess and improve your online content and digital documents, or Creating Accessible Documents where you can learn how to make digital files such as documents, presentations and spreadsheets accessible to people with disabilities and for the benefit of all users.

Find details and sign up to all these workshops and more up on our training calendar.

If you cannot attend one of our scheduled sessions, you can enrol on the self-paced Introduction to Accessibility module on Moodle to get your accessibility journey started.

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