Monitor and improve course accessibility at your institution.

Blackboard Ally provides an institution-wide course content accessibility report that allows for deep insight and understanding into how the institution is performing and evolving from a course content accessibility point of view. This report helps track progress and can help highlight problem areas and identify initiatives that can further help improve accessibility at the institution.

Open the report

You can find the Ally institution report in your LMS.

  • Blackboard Learn: On the administrator panel under Tools and Utilities, select Ally Report.
  • Instructure canvas: Select Admin in the global navigation. Select an account and select Ally.
  • Moodlerooms and Moodle: From Site administration select Reports. Select Accessibility.
  • Custom Login Page: If you have access through a custom login page, type the LTI key and secret for your institution.

What content does Ally check?

Ally checks accessibility of files and content created in your system content editor (WYSIWYG). All new and existing content is checked.

Checks are made automatically and in real-time against our accessibility checklist based on key areas of the WCAG 2.0 A.A. standard.


Ally checks files in these formats:

  • PDF files
  • Office files (Word and Powerpoint)
  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice files (Writer and Impress)
  • Images
  • Uploaded HTML files

Content editor (WYSIWYG) content

This feature is currently only available for Instructure Canvas. Currently, instructors don't see an accessibility score for content created in their system content editor.

Ally also checks these content types created through the system content WYSIWYG editor for accessibility issues. 

  • Page
  • Announcement
  • Assignment
  • Discussion Topic
  • Syllabus
  • Quiz

This data is included in the institutional report.

Read the report

Ally’s institution report includes Overview and Courses tabs so that you can get the big picture as well as specific details about the accessibility of your institution’s digital course content.

  • The Overview tab shows accessibility details for the institution’s digital course content in the Learning Management System (LMS).
  • The Courses tab shows you details on the average accessibility score for individual courses. You can sort this view by term.