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Blackboard Ally

​Introducing Blackboard Ally

In Fall 2019, the University of Houston - Downtown will launch Blackboard's latest product, Blackboard Ally.

What is Blackboard Ally?

Blackboard Ally is an Award-Winning Accessibility Solution that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard. Blackboard Ally is designed to help make digital course content more accessible for all students. 

Blackboard Ally scans files uploaded into Blackboard and searches for common accessibility issues. With Blackboard Ally students are able to download alternative accessible file formats such as HTML, Audio, and Electronic Braille. Providing students with more accessible content means they can choose the format that works best for them.

For faculty, Blackboard Ally provides instructors with detailed feedback and support. It helps faculty learn about accessibility issues, why they matter, and how to fix them. Green is the goal! Blackboard Ally provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to your content's accessibility.

How does Blackboard Ally Work?

Ally automatically scans your original content and performs a series of steps to make them more accessible.

  • Generates alternative formats for students to download
  • Provides accessibility scores
  • Gives instructor feedback on how to improve your accessibility score

Accessibility scores are determined by the severity of issues in each file. A low score indicates the file has severe or multiple accessibility issues; a high score means there are minor or no accessibility issues.

Each score is composed of both a number (percentage) and a colored gauge that reflects the number. Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score, the fewer the issues. For files with Low to High scores, Ally shows you the issues and gives a step-by-step guide on how to fix them.

Blackboard Ally Scoring Scale. 0-33 Low. 34-66% Medium. 67-99% High. Perfect 100%

Why are we using Blackboard Ally?

Blackboard Ally helps to build 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’s accessibility checklist is based on WCAG 2.1 AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). This is an international accessibility standard, and most of the legislation and legal requirements worldwide aligns with this standard.


How Can I Get Started?

Accessible Content Micro-Learning Documents

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Last updated 11/18/2019 8:30 AM