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Blackboard Ally will help Chapman University build a more inclusive learning environment and improve our student experience by helping us take control of course content with usability, accessibility and quality in mind. It will automatically check for accessibility issues and generate alternative accessible formats.

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Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. Providing them with more accessible original content means they can choose formats that work best for them: HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for the visually impaired, and Audio for learning on the go. Ally automatically scans your original content and performs a series of steps to make them more accessible.

Alternative Formats

Ally automatically generates these “Alternative Formats” for all your course files and makes them available for download to you and your students. Your original file will not be affected by the alternative formats.

Ally Indicators

Ally integrates with your institution’s learning management system and provides feedback within your course's document workflow.

Log-in to your course site and you will find the Ally indicators next to files or content. If you have no course files yet, upload one, and an indicator will appear next to the file name.

 Ally indicators. Red, needs help!. Yellow, A little better. Light green, Almost there. Dark green, Perfect!

Click the indicator to view your accessibility feedback. Follow along step-by-step to improve your original file. Use the links below to learn more about how Ally works.


How do you prefer to engage with digital learning content? Do you read on your phone or tablet, use a screen reader, like to annotate and highlight, or listen to an audio version? Ally automatically generates “Alternative formats” from your original course files and makes them available for download so that you can engage with course content in a way that works best for you. Use the links below to learn more about what you can do with Ally.

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Blackboard Ally is automatically part of your Blackboard course. You will not have to do anything to activate it.