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Blackboard Ally

Ally is a tool that automatically generates within Learn alternate formats of content, such as audio and HTML files for text-based documents.  It also allows faculty to view feedback about the accessibility of their course content, as well as provide descriptions and instructions regarding issues and how to remediate them.

Requesting Ally

Faculty can request to have Ally activated in any of their courses that contain content. The request can be made by emailing the Instructional Technology Group at

Using Ally

Once Ally has been activated in a course, faculty will begin to see colored gauges to the left of content that has been scanned by the system. Clicking on these gauges open an overlay that identify accessibility issues with the content, why accessibility for the file is important, and how to improve accessibility.  Faculty in courses with Ally activated also gain access to a course-wide report that overviews the accessibility issues with.


Training sessions for Blackboard Ally, as well as other Digital Accessibility topics are listed on the ITG Workshops page.

More help documentation is available on the Blackboard Help site for Ally.