Blackboard Ally at NUI Galway

As part of the Inclusive Teaching & Learning project (funded by the HEA/NFETL), NUI Galway's Blackboard site will be enhanced with the new 'Ally' tool. This, as the video above explains, will allow any materials posted up onto a Blackboard site to be automatically converted into a range of different formats to improve accessibility for users with varying needs. Amongst the conversions are from Word or PDF to audio (mp3), and smaller file formats. 

This tool is being evaluated to see what impact it has for both learners and those teaching courses, and the extent to which it helps to promote the principles of inclusiveness and accessibility.