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  • Build Accessible-Student Use of Alternative Formats

    In Jan 2019 EHU acquired a new technology called Blackboard Ally to help improve the accessibility of content within Blackboard, in line with UK legislation.    Ally not only provides staff with an accessibility score and guidance on files uploaded to Blackboard but also provides the files in alternative formats.  Alternative formats provide greater opportunities for everyone to access the information they need in […]

  • Build Accessible – Student Use of Alternative Formats

    In Jan 2019 EHU acquired a new technology called Blackboard Ally to help improve the accessibility of content within Blackboard, in line with UK legislation.    Ally not only provides staff with an accessibility score and guidance on files uploaded to Blackboard but also provides the files in alternative formats.  Alternative formats provide greater opportunities for everyone to access the information they need in […]

  • Build Accessible – Inclusive Content by Design

    Introduction From 23rd September 2018, it became law for public sector bodies to make the content of their websites and mobile apps more accessible to users under the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018. This government regulation* is an extension of the Equality Act 2010 and is benchmarked against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 […]

  • Accessibility for All: 8 Ways to Make Your Social Media Content More Accessible.

    What is online accessibility and why is it important? Online accessibility is the practice of making content available to as many people as possible. This means enabling those with disabilities to access content as effectively as those without disabilities. With an estimated 53 million active social media users in the UK, we tend to take […]

  • 19th May – Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

    To mark GAAD, ‘Anthology and Blackboard’ is hosting a 24-hour global event called… Along with other institutions Edge Hill University is excited to be taking part, following our success in the event last year, Edge Hill University was placed 3rd in Europe for the most fixes. The event is focused on making accessible and inclusive […]

  • The key to email accessibility

    We Digital Interns have lived and breathed accessibility for the last couple of months. If you were to ask any one of us for advice on how to make a document accessible, we could give you a bucket load of tips. It has now become second nature for us to use refinements to make our reports and presentations 100% accessible.  However, most of us continue to bash out an email on the keyboard without considering our […]

  • 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 […]

  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

    On Thursday 20th May 2021 it is the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access, inclusion and accessibility. Did you know that 1 billion people Worldwide have disabilities. Some common disabilities and impairments include visual, hearing, motor and cognitive. The goal of […]

  • 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”. […]

  • Getting Digital Ready – March’s staff development offer

    This month we have a range of bookable staff development sessions on offer, from getting started with Learning Edge to implementing breakout rooms successfully. Spotlighted sessions Take a look at March’s bookable staff development sessions below. Please email [email protected] to book on. Thursday 4th March (12pm-1pm)OneDrive: Making online collaboration and sharing easy Thursday 4th March  (1pm-1:30pm)Using […]