A recent article by Audrey Whitaker, a staff reporter for the Grand Valley Lanthorn, highlights an accessibility competition sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the eLearning and Emerging Technologies department in Information Technology at GVSU.
The eLearning team is excited about the opportunities that will be brought by this competition – to increase accessibility and students’ learning!
- READ – “Blackboard Ally scholarship aims to increase course accessibility”
- LEARN MORE ABOUT COMPETITION – “Introducing the $1,000 Student Scholarship Competition“
- ATTEND THE ALLY TOUR – “Blackboard Ally Tour Comes to GVSU!“
Here are a few recent stats from Blackboard Ally at GVSU.
Fall 2019 Semester (as of October 7):
- 3,649 Blackboard courses include content
- 193,051 content items have been analyzed by Blackboard Ally
- 64% is the current overall accessibility “With Ally” score, indicating improvements made through Ally’s alternative formats and instructor intervention, this is a 2% increase since Fall 2018
- The top 3 institutional accessibility concerns include: Contrast (31,887), Missing Headers (29,944), Alternative Descriptions (26,554)
- The most severe accessibility concern is Non-OCRed Documents (11,468)
- There are 319 files (436 F18) that have been fixed in August/September by faculty
- There have been 11,564 total alternative file downloads (9,093 F18) from 1,883 courses (1,450 F18)
- The most popular alternative format is PDF, followed by HTML, OCRed PDF, ePub, Audio
Overall, since August 1, 2018 (to date), 945 files have been fixed in 305 courses. In addition, there have been 24,000+ alternative file format downloads from over 4,000 courses.