Blackboard Ally: Overview

Blackboard Ally assists instructors in building a more inclusive learning environment, and improve the student experience by helping them take clear control of course content with usability, accessibility and quality in mind. Blackboard Ally provides instructors with detailed information about the accessibility of their course materials, and steps that can be taken to improve the accessibility of course content.

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Why use Ally?

Blackboard Ally allows instructors to quickly and easily assess their content for accessibility, and take the necessary steps to remedy any inaccessible materials. Ally also provides students and instructors with alternative formats of their content (e.g. braille, tagged PDF, and enhanced vision). Creating accessible content provides for a more universal, equitable learning experience for all students.

Use Cases for Ally

A non-exhaustive list outlining what instructors can use Blackboard Ally to facilitate include:

  • Viewing a file's accessibility score
  • Using the accessibility report to diagnose issues with course content
  • Download course content in alternative formats

What will my students see?

Students will only see the option to download alternative formats of course materials when engaging with Blackboard Ally. See the Blackboard Ally: Downloading Alternative Formats article below for what this looks like.

For additional assistance in using Blackboard Ally in Canvas, please check the Blackboard Ally: Points of Contact by School resource.

For more help, please contact canvas@yale.edu.

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