8 episodes

We're on a worldwide search to see what inclusive education looks like in the digital age. So Blackboard Ally is going on Tour, visiting campuses around the globe to learn how they're tackling their toughest accessibility challenges and improving the learning experience for all students.

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We're on a worldwide search to see what inclusive education looks like in the digital age. So Blackboard Ally is going on Tour, visiting campuses around the globe to learn how they're tackling their toughest accessibility challenges and improving the learning experience for all students.

    Inclusive Design and Culture at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    Inclusive Design and Culture at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    Bringing accessibility and inclusion into the wider conversation as empathy driven culture change.

    • 38 min
    Strategies in policy, formats, media and technology that directly support diverse learning opportunities

    Strategies in policy, formats, media and technology that directly support diverse learning opportunities

    Learn how the second-largest community college in the United States uses inclusivity and diversity to enhance success-driven education.

    • 45 min
    How a health care university approaches their unique accessibility challenges

    How a health care university approaches their unique accessibility challenges

    As a University as well as a hospital, the Medical University of South Carolina doesn’t only look after its students but also its many patients. During this fifth episode, we learn how a medical University faces some unique accessibility challenges, ranging from complex medical images, to linking to medical journal articles. We hear from Melissa Hortman and Alex Walters how MUSC approached this and how liaising with key stakeholders such as librarians, as well as using Ally’s ‘hidden gem’ feature the Library Reference, helped contribute towards a successful accessibility journey.

    • 45 min
    Serendipitous encounters leading to great success

    Serendipitous encounters leading to great success

    During the fourth episode of the Ally Tour, we learn from the team at Gaston College, North Carolina, how a serendipitous encounter at a conference turned into a success story of bringing accessibility and inclusiveness to their college. We hear from Karen Duncan and Kim Gelsinger how the importance of working with deans, building a great team and making sure processes are in place, allows for all students to be able to navigate their courses successfully.

    • 43 min
    An R1 University’s history of free speech and supporting students with disabilities

    An R1 University’s history of free speech and supporting students with disabilities

    As the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, advocacy for minorities and people with disabilities is at the core of UC Berkeley. During the third episode of the Ally Tour, we learn more about Berkeley’s rich history of inclusion and equity, and how accessibility fits into the bigger picture. We hear from Lucy Greco and Joseph Feria-Galicia about their involvement with Ally, and how faculty and students reacted.

    • 47 min
    Lesley University - Technology for Social Justice

    Lesley University - Technology for Social Justice

    In this second episode of the Ally Tour, we speak with the team at Lesley University and how they’ve experienced their inclusivity journey. Built on the core principle of social justice, Lesley University truly embraces an accessibility and inclusivity mindset. About 3 years ago, the school’s general counsel office embarked on a mission on how to be more proactive with making digital content more accessible. Since then, the team has rolled out various accessibility initiatives successfully and Ally helped them do this in a more streamlined and holistic way.

    • 41 min

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