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Introducing Ally, a new tool for inclusive excellence and accessibility

 Our diverse student body use a variety of tools to access course materials.  They also have different preferences for accessing that material.  Some prefer to use the native application (Word, PDF), some prefer HTML pages, and others prefer audio.  This tool will allow students to choose their format.  With this in mind, CSUSM joined other CSU campuses in implementing Ally, in a three phase process starting with Summer 2018 courses with students who receive services through DSS.  Fall 2018 courses were expanded to include course from volunteer instructors.  Spring 2019 is the final phase and will be available in all courses.  
What does this mean for you?  In your Cougar Courses container, you will see a gauge (students don’t) that shows you the accessibility score for the individual items (PDF, Word, PowerPoint) in your course.  We know that it takes time to remediate files and are not expecting all courses or course content to be remediated in Spring 2019. It is an iterative process and some course content is easier to remediate than others.  Ally will step you through how to remediate the file.  The more accessible it is, the better the file is for students.  We will help you plan and strategize the best approach that works for you. Please visit our Ally website for more information on this process.  We are available for 1:1 training, department training, and will be having workshops in the Technology Resource Center (TRC) in Kellogg 2414.  You can drop by the TRC Monday through Friday between 10 am and 4 pm and meet with an instructional designer. To schedule a 1:1 consultation, email with your availability and we will confirm a date/time to meet with you.