Ally in bCourses

Ally is a set of tools within bCourses that helps make course content more accessible by delivering  the following functionality:

  • Allow students to automatically generate “Alternative Formats” for course files, and makes them available for download. These formats include PDF, HTML, Electronic Braille, ePub, BeeLine Reader, and MP3.

  • Provide instructors with visual indicators next to uploaded course documents so instructors can see accessibility scores and learn how to create more accessible source files (note: students cannot access the visual indicators).

  • Assess the accessibility of uploaded content based on WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines(link is external)

  • Create an institutional report allowing UC Berkeley leadership to assess the accessibility of uploaded course documents over time

  • At this time, we are also beta testing Ally's translation tool which provides users with translated versions of documents in over 30 languages.