Blackboard Ally, the company’s accessibility product for the LMS Learn, Canvas, and Moodle Partner Moodlerooms (property of Blackboard), has been awarded the 2017 WOW Award for “applying an innovative, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need.” Ally provides large-scale accessibility validation across LMS course contents automatically and offers tools for teachers to apply accessibility practices in their teaching, doubling as a provider of awareness and understanding to educators.
Using machine learning, Ally makes available accessible versions of educational content, such as text-to-audio or braille conversion. It also adds “accessibility scores” to items, with color-coded icons next to them, which administrators can visualize using a reporting tool. Watch a playlist of Ally used in Moodlerooms here.
WOW stands for “WCET Outstanding Work,” and WCET stands for “WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies,” with WICHE standing for Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. WICHE facilitates “resource sharing among higher education systems” covering for-profit and nonprofit colleges and universities in 16 US states and territories. WCET is the commission’s branch that focuses on educational technology procurement.
Ally and other WOW honorees will receive their recognition next October at WCET’s Annual Meeting.
An “Ally User Group” is openly available for interested users, no matter the LMS they come from.
Read more about WOW and a list of past recipients at wcet.wiche.edu.
For more about Ally, visit blackboard.com.