Supporting Students with Disabilities by Making Course Materials Accessible

January 29, 2024, 1:15pm to 2:00pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Student Instructors, Instructors, Post-Doctoral Students
Part of series: 

Picture of Joe Feria-GaliciaCreating accessible course materials can ensure that students are able to fully engage with your course. In this session, you will learn how to leverage Ally, an integrated accessibility tool in bCourses, to make your bCourses content more accessible.

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 course content more accessible

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. 

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. 

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

  • Download alternative formats provided by Ally

  • Interact with Ally scores and review suggested fixes

  • Enable the Ally Course Accessibility Report

  • Use the WYSIWYG Instructor Feedback tool

  • Identify where to receive assistance to improve scores

This session will run for 30 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes reserved for questions. This session will be held via Zoom. Please register to get the Zoom link. 

➡️ Register for this event here!⬅️

***Registration for this session will close one hour before the session***

Unable to join us for this workshop? Check the RTL events calendar for future offerings of this workshop. Engage with our asynchronous offerings on this topic: Ally in bCourses Service Page or receive customized assistance by emailing, or by scheduling a consultation.

Joe Feria-Galicia is the Accessibility Team Lead with Research Teaching and Learning.  He promotes the creation of accessible instructional materials that provide access to online content for all users. Joe contextualizes this role within a civil rights lens impacting historically excluded communities.  In his free time, he enjoys long walks, mountain biking and watching the NBA.


Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL)

Series description

Explore the transformative potential of inclusive teaching through our workshop series. This series offers a comprehensive guide to designing equitable and engaging classrooms that cater to the diverse needs of all students. Gain practical insights into implementing inclusive pedagogical strategies and techniques that foster an inclusive learning environment.