What is Ally?
Ally is a tool in Blackboard to help instructors make their content more accessible. Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities, needs and devices. Course content created with this in mind can benefit not only your students with disclosed disabilities such as visual impairments and dyslexia, but improve the learning experience for all of your students.
Ally for All Courses in Blackboard July 1, 2022
Concordia supports course content accessibility with Ally, a tool inside Blackboard. Ally automatically creates alternative formats of documents (such as an audio file of a document) and informs instructors how to improve course content to make it more accessible. This tool benefits not only students with documented accessibility needs receiving accommodations through the ARC, but benefits all students. CELT and Blackboard Support are planning to activate Ally for all courses July 1, 2022.
See the CELT list of current programs for Ally Information Sessions offered May – August, 2022.
Resources for Instructors
- 3-minute video introduction of Ally
- 5-minute video that shows faculty what Ally looks like in Blackboard
- Ally Information Session Recording (30-minute video) and Resources
- Ally Accessibility Checklist
- Ally Instructor Resources
- Additional UDL (Universal Design for Learning) resources
- How to add the Ally course module to your Blackboard Course Home Page to provide Ally information to students in your course.
Resources for Students
- Video introduction of Ally
- Choosing the alternative format that works best for you (video)
- More about alternative formats in Ally (web page)
- Student FAQs about Ally (web page)
How to Get Help
For help with using Ally contact the IT Help Desk at 262-243-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.