Meet Blackboard Ally

Accessible Content Is Better Content

Blackboard Ally allows students to download alternative formats of your course content and makes it easier for you to see what elements of your course need modifications to improve accessibility. Learn more about what Ally can do below!

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What Does Ally Do?

Learn about the features of Ally that can help you improve your course accessibility.

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Remediate Course Content

Ally can help you make changes to your course content that will improve its overall accessibility.


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Alternative Formats

Students in your courses can download alternative formats of course content, including audio recordings and accessible PDFs.  

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Accessibility Meter

Ally will give your course content an accessibility score, letting you see how accessible or inaccessible elements of your course are for students.

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Institutional Reports

Ally allows us to track our overall accessibility over time so that we know how much we’ve improved and where we still have room to do better.

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Ally Self-Paced Course

Want to engage your students where they already are? How about empowering students to learn their own way with your content? Blackboard Ally allows students to download alternative formats of your course content.  It also provides feedback on how to make your content more accessible for all students, including students with disabilities. This course will help you learn to use Ally, both as a student and as an instructor.  

Real-Life Application

How Are Students and Faculty Using Ally?

While Ally was operational in Summer of 2019, most students and faculty weren’t really aware of it and usage was low. As such, the Fall term was our first full term of use, and we were able to pull a lot of really interesting data from that experience.

The good news? Our Ally usage was great! Students downloaded thousands of files and faculty made hundreds of course materials more accessible.

Blackboard Ally Fall 2019 Usage Report


Let Us Help You!

Remediating everything in your course can be daunting– let us help you through the process! We can add captions, help you with PDFs, and take you through the process of using Ally to improve your access scores. Make an appointment with LT by sending us an email at

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Learning Technologies

College of DuPage, BIC 3401

Phone: (630) 942-2490