Ally visits William Paterson and the UConn Huskies

Ally visits William Paterson and the UConn Huskies


Hey, Ally community. It’s the community guy John Scott. And I’m here at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Frigid day out here on campus. We’re going to kick off a workshop in about a half an hour, got the e-learning team going to meet with them, talk through some strategy, look at their data. William Paterson is just a really interesting case where know they rolled out Ally to the whole campus and what do you know? Students are discovering those alternative formats, they’re using them, they had some great usage over the fall semester. We’re going to talk a little bit about how they can continue to expand, on how students can benefit from those formats, from the mobile friendly HTML to the MP3. You’ve got a lot of commuters on this campus and may be they’ll drop that MP3 into the car, listen to it on the ride to campus. We’re going to talk a little bit about some strategies for content remediation and how making those little changes to your content is going to have a big impact on students, big impact on the quality of the content, the usability of the content. I’m excited to go into the library here, meet the team, I’ll check in at the end of the workshop. Take care everybody. Another day on the tour here, just arrived University of Connecticut, UConn Huskies. Excited to be doing another workshop today. We had a great workshop yesterday with William Paterson. It was an amazing moment. We were looking through the institutional report and we saw a course that was just full of all these scanned documents, all of these inaccessible documents. There was color highlighting over it, not a friendly user experience, not a friendly reading experience for students. So, what do we do? We took that nasty old scan, we downloaded the OCRed PDF. All of a sudden that thing looked beautiful. That scan was editable. We could mark it up, annotate, highlight. We grabbed the HTML version, we started playing with that, editing that in a word, making it accessible. Suddenly a course that had files that were zero percent accessible we’re now looking green. So we went green yesterday, it felt good. We got a new day today, new workshop. We’ll see what kind of discoveries we make here in husky country. I’ll let you know. I’ll check in after the workshop. Hope everybody’s doing well out there on the road to improve city.

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