Ally in D2L – Available with Spring 2020 Course Shells

Ally in D2L for Instructors

Ally in D2L Overview

Ally is an accessibility tool, integrated into D2L, designed to improve the usability and accessibility of course content that is created or uploaded into D2L. Ally as a tool will not change how Instructors currently use D2L for the management of their courses but will aid Instructors in identifying course content that could be improved for accessibility.

    Key Features:
  • Automatically checks course files against WCAG 2.1 AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) accessibility standards.
  • Assigns an accessibility score to course files, indicating the accessibility level.
  • Provides step-by-step instructions for how to improve the accessibility of course files.
  • Generates a Course Accessibility Report for instructors, providing an at-a-glance view of the overall accessibility of the course and course files.
  • Generates alternative formats to original course files including audio, ePub, electronic braille, OCR/tagged PDF, and HTML for viewing on mobile devices.

For more information view the Ally in D2L - Six Steps for Improving the Accessibility of Course Files in D2L.


Ally in D2L for Instructors

Communications for Instructors

Date Topic
Monday
October 28, 2019
Ally in D2L Introduction / General Overview
Monday
November 11, 2019
How does Ally in D2L impact Instructors?
  • Ally in D2L Course Accessibility Report & Instructor Feedback Panel
  • Using Ally in D2L Feedback to Improve File Accessibility
Monday
November 25, 2019
In case you missed it:
Ally in D2L Overview, How does Ally in D2L impact Instructors?
Monday
December 2, 2019
Fall 2019 End of the Semester Information –
Reminder: Ally in D2L December 19, 2019
Thursday
December 19, 2019
Spring 2020 Course Shells & Ally in D2L Available
Monday
January 6, 2020
Spring 2020 Start of the Semester Information –
Ally in D2L
Monday
January 27, 2020
Ally in D2L Highlight: PDFs & Getting Help
February – May 2020 Getting Help with Ally in D2L

Campus Meetings and Faculty Professional Development Days

The eLearning Department Instructional Designers will be attending campus meetings to share information regarding the integration of Ally in D2L as well as answer any questions that Instructors might have.

Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Science
Friday, December 6, 2019
Location TBD

Business, Communication, and Arts
Friday, November 1, 2019
A&S 1304/1310

English, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Friday, December 13, 2019
A&S 1304/1310

Professional Development Days
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Senate
Friday, November 8, 2019

Health and Human Services

Program Directors Meeting
Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 10:45 am
HHS 104

Child Development and Early Education
TBD

Nursing
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
HHS 104

Fitness/Health/Kinesiology
TBD

Technical Careers

Division-wide

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
West Campus W157

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
West Campus W157


Help Pages for Instructors


Ally in D2L for Students

Communications for Students

Date Topic
Monday
December 2, 2019
Fall 2019 End of Semester –
Alternative Formats Coming to D2L Spring 2020
Monday
January 13, 2020
Spring 2020 Start of Semester –
Alternative Formats Available in D2L

Help Page for Students