Creating a Culture for Inclusive Learning. Ally is a technology tool that improves the accessibility of teaching and learning artifacts. Learn about how we effectively scaled our support and reach across campus as part of this change management project.

ID: 53993 Type: Best Practices
  1. Bryan Berrett, Fresno State University, United States
  2. Rudy Sanchez and Walt Heburn, Fresno State, United States

Wednesday, March 20 1:45 PM-2:00 PM Location: Wilshire A View on map

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Abstract: For many universities, implementing an effective inclusive learning initiative may be a new or unfamiliar process. Creating buy-in from campus leadership, creating faculty awareness, and tracking progress are just a few of the steps necessary to help drive a cultural shift in how faculty think about and approach accessibility and universal design. Ally is a new tool that our university has integrated into our learning management system (LMS) to help address accessibility. Ally scans courses and indicates the level to which files (and images) may be problematic when it comes to accessibility - these indicators are red, orange, and green dials next to files and images. By clicking on the indicator (which only instructors can see), you are guided through the steps to make the content more accessible. Lastly, students can download accessible versions of files, allowing them to convert materials to HTML, electronic braille, or audio. This mixed methods design using multiple data collection approaches is being employed. The present study includes quantitative responses of students’ and faculty perceptions about Ally. Qualitative data was gathered in a random sample from undergraduate and from faculty members. Quantitative data is collected from surveys and LMS usage. The research questions were developed to provide in-depth descriptive information to allow the researchers a greater understanding of the impact access and inclusion.


• Provide an overview of the change management approach used at Fresno State for the Ally pilot project • Describe and discuss our approach for faculty to improve UDL and accessibility through the development or redesign of courses using Ally • Provide the outcomes for the improvement of online learning and teaching

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