Ally in bCourses

January 10, 2023, 11:00am to 12:00pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Student Instructors, Instructors

Register for the workshop

Ally is an integrated accessibility tool in bCourses that provides:

  • Alternative formats of instructor-uploaded digital course content, that optimizes compatibility with mobile devices, screen readers, and other assistive technologies.
  • Interactive guidance on how instructors can make your course content more accessible.

Attend this workshop to learn how to improve the accessibility of your bCourses content so students can better access and convert bCourses Pages and download files into multiple formats and translated versions. During the workshop, exciting new features will be demonstrated, along with strategies to increase your accessibility scores within bCourses.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Download alternative formats provided by Ally
  • Interact with Ally indicators and review suggested fixes
  • Use the “Make Accessible” Wizard in Adobe Acrobat to improve file scores
  • Identify where to receive assistance to improve scores

Benefits for Students:

Using Ally, students can convert files and course content into alternative formats such as BeeLine Reader, EPUB, Electronic Braille, Immersive Reader, PDF, HTML, MP3 (audio), and foreign language translations. Students can generate file types that work best for them without instructor assistance. In addition to helping students with disabilities, these alternative formats can help English language learners and students with diverse learning preferences (mobile, audio, larger font sizes, etc.).

Benefits for Instructors:

The Ally tool assigns visual indicators next to course materials, so instructors can see accessibility scores (students do not see these indicators). Guidance is also provided on how to create more accessible course content.

To learn more about the Ally Service: Visit the Ally in bCourses Service Page or schedule a Consultation (Select “Ally” for a 20-min Zoom session) or Contact


Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL)

Series description

Join Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) for this series of workshops centered on “Teach smarter, not harder: designing flexible learning experiences”. In this workshop series, we explore inclusive and accessible pedagogies for diverse students populations and strategies for creating flexible learning spaces.