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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…

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

    GAAD 2024 celebrations take place Thursday 16th May and is all about making the digital world more inclusive for everyone, including those with disabilities. When it comes to learning, accessible content is crucial to ensure that all students have equal opportunities to succeed. Implementing accessibility features such as transcripts, alt text, and compatibility with assistive…

  • Padlets Latest Features – My Top 6 Favourites

    Many of us are integrating Padlet into our teaching, learning, and team collaboration. Signing up for a free account grants you access to three Padlet boards initially. Once you’ve used these, if you are a staff member, we can add you to our institutional license, providing you with endless boards! Don’t forget you can embed…

  • Digital Internship with a Difference

    Over the last three years we have been on an exciting journey of employing student Interns to work alongside academics and colleagues from across the University to evaluate and update course areas within Blackboard Ultra.  We have always placed a strong emphasis on training and development as improving student graduate attributes is at the heart…

  • Dialling Down The Volume: Change to Blackboard Notifications

    On 1 March 2024, we will make a change in Blackboard whereby notifications for new content being added to a course will be disabled as a default for student users, with the option for students to be able to opt-in if they wish to continue receiving notifications for content.