Global Accessibility Awareness Day—Today and Every Day

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We’re proud to join in celebration of the 9th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day. At Blackboard, accessibility extends beyond digital teaching and learning. We’re committed to building and strengthening inclusive education communities across the globe. Our goal is to help all learners navigate their education journey—from those who study on the bus between jobs, have limited access to computers or high-speed internet, to those who have learning disabilities.

Over the past several months, we’ve witnessed the education community come together to accelerate the rollout of digital learning and take unprecedented steps towards advancing the accessibility of academic resources to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Building on this momentum, we’re switching things up from our past webinar series and making GAAD a day of action and impact! Learn how we’re working with institutions and accessibility champions to drive our inclusive education mission while sharing new insights with the broader education community below!

Fix Your Content Day Challenge

We’ve enlisted higher ed institutions and schools from around the globe to participate in our inaugural Fix Your Content Day Challenge! Throughout the day, institutions and schools will be dedicating 24 hours to improving the accessibility of as many course files as possible through Blackboard Ally. In the spirit of inclusion, those who don’t have Blackboard Ally call also participate by submitting an innovative “Accessibility Impact Plan” demonstrating how they’re actively taking steps to make their campus more inclusive.  

Check out the Global Fix Your Content Leaderboard and follow the action on Twitter @Blackboard for real-time updates on which participating institutions is leading the pack.

Inclusive Learning Research Series

Earlier this year, we launched the Inclusive Learning Research Series to help institutions better understand how their Blackboard Ally usage and accessibility data compared to similar stats from institutions with comparable profiles. The reports are designed to help inform institutions’ adoption strategies to maximize instructor and student engagement, and explore the following themes:

  • Ally Tool Usage and Accessibility Data: Examines Alternative Format downloads, Instructor Feedback engagement, and Institutional Report scores across different types of institutions
  • Institution Classifications: Examines Ally tool usage and accessibility trends within similar types of institutions based on their Carnegie Classification
  • Geo Impact: Examines Ally adoption, accessibility trends, and usage in different U.S. states and internationally

In celebration of GAAD, today we released the newest installment of the series “An Impact on Inclusive Education Across the United Kingdom” which explores accessibility trends and Blackboard Ally usage across 33 universities in the U.K. Also keep an eye out for a forthcoming paper focused on user trends and impact of Ally’s Instructor Feedback and course accessibility tools. Visit our Resources Space on the Ally User Group website to check out this study and the others in the series.