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EdTech Demo: Blackboard Ally

This is an archive page. This sessions occurred on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

About the session

Through a seamless integration with the Learning Management System, Blackboard Ally focuses on making course content more accessible. It helps institutions gain detailed insight into the accessibility of their digital course content, provides guidance to teachers on how to improve the accessibility of their content, and automatically provides students with a range of more accessible alternative formats. This session will also include a live demo of Ally integrated into the Learning Management System.

About the Presenter

Nicolaas Matthijs is an entrepreneur and product creator with over 10 years of experience in Educational Technology. Nicolaas has worked at several leading R1 institutions such as Cambridge University, UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech, where he developed Learning Management Systems, Academic Collaboration Tools, Learning Analytics solutions and other learning tools. He has contributed to numerous Open Source projects and communities and is internationally recognized for bringing technical and user experience innovation to these communities, for which he has received several awards.

Nicolaas was the co-founder and CEO of Fronteer, developing a revolutionary tool, called Ally, that helps institutions make their course materials more accessible for all learners. Following the acquisition of Fronteer by Blackboard, Nicolaas now acts as the Product Manager for Ally at Blackboard.

Session details

BCcampus EdTech Demos are free webinars focusing on different educational technologies of interest to post-secondary educators. While the EdTech demos are targeted at post-secondary educators within British Columbia, they are open to anyone interested in the topic.

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10-11am (Pacific)


We’ll be using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for this session. Join the session at https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/da13b05b2e9e412681fb0f4f46256619.