Blackboard Ally for accessibility

Blackboard Ally logo

New for September 2019

Blackboard Ally aims to improve the accessibility of the learning resources that you upload to your Blackboard courses. It does this in two ways:

  1. Ally automatically converts documents into other formats so that students can choose the one that meets their needs. For example if you upload a Word document, it is now also available as PDF, HTML, ePub, electronic braille and audio MP3. Note that this is useful for all students, such as those studying on mobile devices.
  2. It checks documents as you upload them and flags any accessibility issues, such as images without alternative text. Ally will alert you to the problem and show you how it can be fixed, encouraging you to edit and re-upload the file.  In this way, Ally aims to guide you towards considering accessibility as a normal aspect of your work.

The TEL team will link self-study training materials from this page, and will be offering short training courses to Schools and Departments during September.