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  • Ally, what’s in it for your students?

    Since 2018, Blackboard Ally has provided clear feedback and guidance about improving the content you create. At Edge Hill University, we all know the benefits for staff, but what’s in it for students? Here are three students who have taken time to tell us, in these short videos, what Ally means to them and their […]

  • Blackboard Ally Course Accessibility Report

    One of the beneficial features of Blackboard Ally is the Course Accessibly Report.  For each module it shows: Overall course accessibly score. List of issues that have been identified in the course. Distribution of course content by type. The accessibility report organises content into options such as “Content that’s easiest to fix” and “Content with most severe issues”. […]

  • Ally for Students

    “Ally for Students” is a marketing campaign aimed at reminding students what Blackboard Ally means for them. The campaign runs alongside support for staff, helping them fine-tune skills to improve their content so that all students can use that content in a way that meets their needs and in ways they prefer to access it. Ally’s […]

  • Blackboard Ally is being rolled out January 2019

    To support our commitment to a more inclusive campus, we’re introducing a new tool called Ally! What is Blackboard Ally Ally helps your students get the most from their course resources, and help you make your Blackboard space inclusive for all. Blackboard Ally automatically converts course resources into a variety of formats, from HTML and […]

  • Isn’t it about time you found out what all the Collaborate fuss was, used the right tool to mark your assignments and learnt what your students really think about in class?

    This post is all about Staff Development in May During May, through the Digital Practitioner strand of the Developing Digital Excellence staff development programme, Learning Technology Development (LTD) are offing a range of sessions which can show you how to achieve all this, and more! For full session descriptions and to book on a session, click on the appropriate title:   […]

  • Blackboard Exemplary Course Program 2013 Update: No sour grapes…really!

    Blackboard Exemplary Course Program 2013 Update: This year I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating closely with my colleagues to support and oversee our institutions’ debut submission of courses to the 2013 Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP). As mentioned in my first ECP post back in January, the aim of the program is to support the use of […]

  • JISC Online Surveys V3 – Coming Soon 

    JISC Online Surveys is used at Edge Hill by many researchers and staff for both research and other data gathering purposes. A previous blog post in February of this year outlined a planned migration to a new version by JISC, and the steps that survey owners needed to take in preparation.   Update on the Migration […]

  • National Interns Day

    Today, Thursday 27th July 2023, is National Interns Day and to celebrate we want to recognise all the achievements and hard work our digital interns have been doing while working with us over the summer. This is the third year we have ran the digital student internship and this year we were lucky enough to […]

  • Getting Creative with Ultra Document Pages

    Document pages are a great new feature of Blackboard Ultra that act like web pages within your course content.  You can add a range of elements to your page such as text, images, videos from the web, hyperlinks and attach files. We have seen lots of good uses of Document pages with our early adopters […]

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

    The countdown has started! Join us and take part in this year’s GAAD event, through Anthology Ally’s ‘Fix Your Content Day’. A 24-hour global competition to create more inclusive digital learning content.