Blackboard Ally

Monitor and improve course accessibility at your institution with Blackboard Ally.

Blackboard Ally is a tool that seamlessly integrates with your Learning Management System (LMS) to provide insight into your institution's accessibility. With Blackboard Ally, you can:

  • Gain an understanding of your institution's accessibility performance
  • Proactively tackle accessibility and target both instructors and content
  • View accessibility trends and detailed graphs to monitor improvement

What's New in Ally?

Accessibility in Ally


Set up Ally in Blackboard Learn

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Ally institutional report

Blackboard Ally provides administrators with 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.

You can find the Ally institution report on the administrator panel. Under Tools and Utilities, select Ally Report.

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Accessibility scores

Ally provides scores to measure the accessibility of content. Accessibility scores are determined by the severity of issues in each digital file. 

Once instructors locate the accessibility score for a piece of content, they can begin to explore accessibility issues and improve the content to raise the score. Accessible content is important for all audiences, and Ally gives your institution the tools to understand common issues and improve content.

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Improve accessibility scores

Ally provides you detailed feedback and support to help you become an accessibility pro. Learn about accessibility issues, why they matter, and how to fix them. Green is the goal!

Go to the institutional report in the Administrator Panel. From the Accessibility issues table, find a specific content item in a course with an accessibility issue. Select the content item's accessibility score indicator to open the feedback panel.

This feature is disabled by default. Submit a request on Behind The Blackboard to have it turned on. This feature is only available when accessing the institutional report from the LMS and not when using the direct access URL.

Icones de puntuació d'accessibilitat d'Ally

Les puntuacions van de Baixa a Perfecta. Com més alta és la puntuació, menys problemes hi ha.

  • Baixa (0-33 %): s'ha de millorar! Hi ha problemes greus d'accessibilitat.
  • Mitjana (34-66 %): una mica millor. El fitxer és força accessible, però s'ha de millorar.
  • Alta (67-99 %): gairebé ho heu aconseguit. El fitxer és accessible, però es pot millorar encara més.
  • Perfecte (100 %): perfecte! Ally no ha identificat cap problema d'accessibilitat, però encara hi podeu fer algunes millores.

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Alternative formats

Ally creates alternative formats of course files based on the original. These formats are made available with the original file so students can find everything in one convenient location.

You don’t need to do anything. The alternative formats are created for you. If you want, you can disable alternative formats for any individual content item for whatever reason.

Go to a course and open the menu beside a file. Select Alternative formats to see the different formats available and to disable them.

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FAQs

Preguntes freqüents de Bb Learn per administradors d'Ally

Quines versions de Blackboard Learn són compatibles amb Ally?

Blackboard Ally és compatible amb Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 CU3 i versions posteriors. També està disponible per a Learn SaaS en les vistes de curs Ultra i Original.

Les institucions amb Solaris d'allotjament propi no són compatibles.

Podeu puntuar el contingut a Content Collection de Blackboard Learn abans que s'apliqui el contingut a un curs?

Ally puntua només el contingut utilitzat en un curs. El contingut que no s'utilitza podria esbiaixar l'informe institucional, per això no s'hi inclou.

Podeu carregar contingut en una carpeta amagada d'un curs, si els instructors volen fer actualitzacions d'accessibilitat abans de publicar-lo.

Escaneja Ally tot el contingut de la col·lecció de continguts?

Actualment Ally només escaneja els elements que estan vinculats al curs. Això significa que els informes només inclouran elements accessibles als estudiants. No inclou el contingut no utilitzat.