The course accessibility report acts as a complement to the existing accessibility indicators. It provides an accessibility summary and overview at the course level.

Find your course accessibility report

Your administrator must configure the course report for it to appear in your courses. Where you find the report depends on your Learning Management System (LMS).

  • Blackboard Learn Original Course View: Course Tools
  • Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View: Books & Course Tools
  • Older versions of Blackboard Learn: Student tools

    Hide the report link so students don't see it.

  • Moodle: Course Dashboard
  • Instructure Canvas: Course left navigation bar
  • Schoology: Course left navigation bar
  • D2L Brightspace: Course Navbar

    Course templates in D2L Brightspace also have course reports.

See how it looks in your course

Course accessibility report

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

  • The Overview tab shows the accessibility score for the course, course content grouped by content type, and a list of all issues identified in the course
  • The Content tab shows you the content with accessibility issues.

Accessibility score

At the top of the report is an accessibility score for the entire course.

Ally Accessibility Score Icons

Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score the fewer the issues.

  • Low (0-33%): Needs help! There are severe accessibility issues.
  • Medium (34-66%): A little better. The file is somewhat accessible and needs improvement.
  • High (67-99%): Almost there. The file is accessible but more improvements are possible.
  • Perfect (100%): Perfect! Ally didn't identify any accessibility issues but further improvements may still be possible.

All course content

See all content in your course grouped by content type. Select Start to go to the Content tab and start fixing issues.

What content does Ally check?

Currently, Ally checks files in these formats:

  • PDF files
  • Microsoft® Word files
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® files
  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice files
  • Uploaded HTML files
  • Image files (JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF)
  • WYSIWYG/VTBE content
  • YouTubeTM videos embedded in WYSIWYG/VTBE content

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Ally Content Editor (WYSIWYG) Content

LMS content editor (WYSIWYG) content

The results for WYSIWYG content only appear in the Institutional Report and Course accessibility report.

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

The data appears in the Institutional Report as HTML. It appears in the CSV export as application column headers.

  • Blackboard Learn Original
    • Content Folder (application/x-folder)
    • Content Item (application/x-item)
    • Learning Module (application/x-learning-module)
    • Lesson Plan (application/x-lesson)
    • A link to a Forum (application/x-link-discussion-topic)
    • Web Link (application/x-link-web)
    • Embedded LTI application (application/x-lti-launch)
    • All other WYSIWYG content types including Blank page and Module page (application/x-page)
  • Blackboard Learn Ultra
    • Document (application/x-document)
    • Folder (application/x-folder)
    • Learning Module (application/x-learning-module)
    • A link to a Forum (application/x-link-discussion-topic)
    • Web Link (application/x-link-web)
    • Embedded LTI application (application/x-lti-launch)
  • Moodle
    • Assignment (application/x-assignment)
    • Book (application/x-book)
    • Book chapter (application/x-book-chapter)
    • Discussion topics (application/x-discussion-topic)
    • Forum description (application/x-forum)
    • Glossary description (application/x-glossary)
    • Glossary entry (application/x-glossary-entry)
    • Label (application/x-label)
    • Lesson description (application/x-lesson-description)
    • Lesson page (application/x-lesson-page)
    • Page content (application/x-page-content)
    • Page introduction (application/x-page-intro)
    • Section (application/x-section)
    • Syllabus (application/x-syllabus)
  • Canvas
    • Announcement (application/x-announcement)
    • Assignment (application/x-assignment)
    • Discussion Topics (application/x-discussion-topic)
    • Quiz description (application/x-quiz)
    • Syllabus (application/x-syllabus)
    • Page (application/x-page)
  • D2L Brightspace
    • Discussion Topics (application/x-discussion-topic)
    • File (application/x-file)
    • Web Links (application/x-link-web)
    • Module (application/x-module)
    • Quiz description (application/x-quiz)
  • Schoology
    • Assignment (application/x-assignment)
    • Discussion Topics (application/x-discussion-topic)
    • Page (application/x-page)

Choose what to fix first

Use the report to help you decide what to fix first. For example, content with most severe issues first or start with the content that's easiest to fix.

Choose between Content with the easiest issues to fix and Fix low scoring content. See how many pieces of content you'll be fixing. Select Start.

Remaining issues

Issues are listed in order of priority from severe to minor. Those at the top of the list should be addressed first. Ally looks at the number of students impacted, how often the issue occurs, and the accessibility score to determine the priority.

  • Severe. These issues are the greatest risk to accessibility and require the most attention.
  • Major. These issues impact accessibility, and while not severe, require attention.
  • Minor. These issues should be considered for a better accessibility score.

Select an issue to see all the pieces of content that have that issue. Select a piece of content to open the Instructor Feedback panel to fix the issue. 

More on using the Instructor Feedback panel to fix issues

See how it looks in your course

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn Ultra

Older versions of Blackboard Learn


Instructure Canvas

D2L Brightspace