SLAR has just launched Ally – a unique way of improving the accessibility of your online teaching materials.

Integrating seamlessly with Blackboard, it:

  • supports the University in meeting its responsibilities under the new accessibility requirements for public sector websites; and
  • allows students to access their learning materials in a variety of automatically created formats, such as audiobook, screen reader or electronic braille; and
  • assists academic colleagues in producing more accessible learning materials by scanning each content item and providing simple, in place help for them to make improvements

Ally will be a key component of our new VLE coming in September, but we were so impressed with it, we have turned it on early to give colleagues a heads-up and a chance to try out what is to come.

For more information, please see our online guide (

To enable Ally in your modules, please contact the Digital Transformation team in SLAR:

Driving digital teaching excellence through accessibility and inclusive academic practice
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