Blackboard Ally

Introducing Blackboard Ally

Blackboard has a new feature which will help your students get the most from their course resources, and help you make your Blackboard space inclusive for all. Blackboard Ally automatically converts course resources into a variety of formats, from HTML and e-book for reading on mobile devices, to Electronic Braille for the visually impaired, and audio for learning on the go. 

It also helps you make small changes to resources you upload to make them more accessible, in easy-to-follow steps.

Instructors will see a small metre icon next to any uploaded content giving an indication of how accessible it is. Clicking this icon will detail issues along with helpful guidance and a simple interface to fix them. Students do not see accessibilty indicators, the only interaction they have with Ally is downloading automatically generated alternative formats.

Screenshot of accessible score icons.

Ally is being rolled out from 24th September 2018: to find out more, explore these quick guides from Blackboard to get you started. Twitter users can also follow #BbAlly to see how others across the HE sector are using Ally. 

Get to know Ally 

Ally basics: what is Ally and what does it do?

Feedback on your content: learn how Ally can help you make your content more accessible

Accessibility checklist – a quick start guide to accessible content 

Get the full picture: The full package for instructors

Ally for students 

A student’s view: downloading an alternative format

Blackboard Ally support site for students