Blackboard Ally College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Accessibility Competition

ANNOUNCING THE COMPETITION WINNER... THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS!

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, along with eLearning and Emerging Technologies in Information Technology is proud to announce the winner of the Blackboard Ally - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Accessibility Competition.

CONGRATULATIONS
to the competition winner...
the DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS!

The department of classics staff are pictured holding a large poster check with a total amount of $1,000. The memo of the check is labeled: $1,000 For Student Scholarship

500
500
Students

500 students are enrolled in Department of Classics courses. They are benefiting from the enhanced accessibility and alternative formats!

+7%
+7%
Accessibility Increase

Content accessibility increased by 7% during the competition.

Department of Classics
Department of Classics
Award Winner

Congratulations to the Department of Classics

9,326
9,326
Students

Based on the top 5 departments, 9,326 students have benefited by the accessibility competition.


Introducing the $1,000 Student Scholarship Competition!

WHAT

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and eLearning and Emerging Technologies in Information Technology, CLAS units and faculty will use Blackboard Ally to compete to create the most accessible content in courses to support student success, inclusive education, and universal design for learning principles. 

The unit with the highest percent improvement will receive a one-time $1,000 student scholarship in their name.

WHEN

September 25 through November 6, 2019

HOW

By using Blackboard Ally content indicators, course reports, and on screen guidance, faculty work with support from eLearning and Emerging Technologies to improve the accessibility of their course content - working to get Ally indicators to green! 

Leaderboard

1st Place - Classics

2nd Place - Annis Water Resources Institute

3rd Place - Political Science

4th Place - Visual & Media Arts

5th Place - Psychology


Tips for Competition Participants

STEP 1

CLICK A DIAL

Red Color Ally Indicator with text reading: Accessibility score: Low Click to Improve

Click on an orange or red dial indicator located next to the content uploaded in your Blackboard course. Follow on-screen instructions to improve the accessibility of your files, and seek assistance from the he eLearning and Emerging Technologies Graduate Assistant, Brandon Thompson.

If you are looking for a place to begin, start with reviewing your syllabus for accessibility!

STEP 2

ACCESS ACCESSIBILITY REPORT

Course Accessibility Report

Access your accessibility report by clicking on the "Course Tools" drop down in your course in Blackboard and selecting "Accessibility Report".  Use this screen to fix the easiest issues first!

STEP 3

GET HELP

Fix low scoring content through the assistance of on-screen Ally guidance or by contacting the eLearning and Emerging Technologies Graduate Assistant, Brandon Thompson.


Ally Support

BRANDON THOMPSON
eLearning and Emerging Technologies Graduate Assistant
616-331-8526
bbadmin@gvsu.edu

HOURS

Tuesday 12 - 4 PM
Wednesday 9 - 1 PM
Thursday 9 - 1 PM

ADDITIONAL ALLY & ACCESSIBILITY SUPPORT INFORMATION

Accessibility Seminars & Workshops

Accessibility and Ally:  How to the Turn the Dial to Green

10/02/19   1 - 2:30pm (EC 513)

10/08/19   2 - 3:30pm (HRY 111)

10/10/19   12 - 1:30 (HRY 111)

Blackboard Ally Tour Stops at GVSU!

10/24/19   10 - 12:00pm (DEV 203E)

10/25/19   9 - 11:00pm (LIB 002)

Register for Seminars and Ally Tour Workshops in Sprout

Request Tutorial for your Unit

SHERRY BARRICKLOW
eLearning and Instructional Technology Specialist
616-331-2324
barricks@gvsu.edu

Accessible content is better content... GREEN is the GOAL!