Blackboard Ally Heroes

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These NIU individuals have demonstrated the highest levels of accomplishment for course design digital content accessibility in Blackboard and have achieved the highest levels of available digital badges for accessible course design. As such, they are recognized as Blackboard Ally Heroes for NIU. 

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Jason Rhode Educational Technology, Research and Assessment; Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Education; Academic Affairs
Stephanie Richter Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Academic Affairs

Become an Ally Hero

Be recognized for the great work that you are doing to improve the accessibility of your course materials and being a champion for accessibility by becoming an Ally Hero. Simply apply for the available Ally digital badges and meet the following requirements:

  • Syllabus accessibility score is 90% or higher
  • You have shared information with your students about alternative formats
  • One course has an overall accessibility score of 90% or more
  • Make 20 or more fixes in one or across multiple courses (or have no issues left to fix in a course)
  • All video or multimedia content used in the course (whether created by you or others) have corrected, accurate captions (i.e., not auto captions)

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