Blackboard Ally is a tool available to faculty members to help them make the classroom materials they post online more accessible to their students. The Ally Graphical User Interface (GUI) is enabled in all course shells in the Blackboard System so that all students accessing Blackboard can benefit from the Alternative Formats that Ally provides.
Faculty also have access to the content Accessibility Scores (only visible to the instructor) and Instructor Feedback Panel, which are tools within Ally that will assist you in making the content that you upload to Blackboard more accessible!
Below, we outline the steps necessary to get started with Ally and work toward making digital content accessible to all learners.
Step 1: Participate in the Online Ally Training
Training for Ally is available online. The training provides an overview of accessibility as it pertains to digital content, explains common barriers to education experienced by students with disabilities, and introduces you to the Ally tool and its components.
You can use the link below to register. Be sure to select “Ally Online Workshop” after entering your personal information. You can leave the date and time blank as the online training is self-paced, and registrations are taken continuously. Register for Ally Online Training
Step 2: Make an Appointment with your Assigned Instructional Designer
The Instructional Designer assigned to your Division will assist you in interpreting the results of the Ally Accessibility Scores you will see for the content within your course. He/She can also provide you with additional information regarding what your next steps should be to remediate any accessibility issues Ally finds and work with you on a plan moving forward. If you are unsure who the Instructional Designer is for your Division, please contact the Teaching Resource Center (email@example.com).
Please Note: You may choose to use a development shell in which to make your edits. Your Instructional Designer can create this shell and explain how it can be used moving forward for future semesters.