Blackboard Ally is a tool that works within Canvas to help instructors ensure course content is accessible to all users. It scans pages, documents, images, and more, providing each item with an accessibility score and options for how to remediate if necessary.
Accessibility ensures that all of your students are able to access your course materials and use them as needed. Legally, FSU is required to have both internal and external departmental materials be fully accessible so that everyone is able to access and use these materials as required to fulfill their employment responsibilities and/or pursue their academic studies regardless of any visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, or neurological disabilities (About the new Accessibility Standards). The Office of Distance Learning can provide guidance in designing accessible online courses, but accessibility is ultimately the responsibility of the course instructor. We strongly recommend adopting the principles of universal design, which means proactively creating materials that are accessible to everyone. We believe this method is far better than the reactive "provide accommodation when needed" approach.
To learn more about accessibility and accessible course design, check out our Accessibility & Usability Overview.
Bb Ally is an immensely helpful tool for ensuring your content is accessible for many reasons:
Ally will be enabled automatically for all Spring 2021 courses on November 30th, 2020. However, you can fill out our Bb Ally Request Form to have Ally enabled in your individual Fall 2020 courses now if desired.
Clicking on these links may cause your computer to download these PDF files. Please note that all of this information can also be found in the instructor Ally resources above.
Want to learn more? Check out our other accessibility resources.