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Blackboard Ally

Accessibility of digital course content has been a significant problem for some time, affecting online users such as students, instructors and institutions. In September 2018, regulations came into force to ensure the digital content we create is accessible to our students. For us, this digital content includes resources and activities on QMplus, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The Technology Enhanced Learning Team (TELT) have therefore procured Blackboard Ally – a plugin that integrates with our QMplus environment, and provides information and guidance on how to improve the quality of our content.

Ally automatically provides alternative formats for course content and requires no manual intervention from teachers or administrators to check for accessibility issues. The alternative formats will be useful for students so that they can more easily read and digest academic content.

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