Introduction to Ally

What is it?

Accessible content is better content. Blackboard Ally integrates seamlessly to My Dundee and focuses on making digital course content more accessible.

What does it do?

Blackboard Ally is a tool that helps ensure digital teaching material is accessible to all students. Once a resource is uploaded to Blackboard, it automatically generates several alternative formats to allow students to select which is most compatible with their learning needs. These include: HTML for easier access on mobile phones; tagged PDF for use with assistive technology like screen readers and even MP3 for revising on the go. In addition, Ally also provides personalised feedback for staff on their resources by highlighting any accessibility issues and explaining how to amend them.

What should I know?

Ally measures the accessibility of each file attached to your course and shows you at-a-glance how it scores. Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score the fewer the issues.

  • Low: File is not accessible and needs immediate attention.
  • Medium: File is somewhat accessible and could use improvement.
  • High: File is accessible but could be improved.
  • Perfect: File is accessible. No improvement needed.

For files with Low to High scores, Ally shows you the issues and gives a step-by-step guide on how to fix them.

Find a file and select the Accessibility score. Follow the steps in front of you to go step-by-step. Select All issues to see every issue in the file and decide what issues to fix first.

Updated on 09/09/2021

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