Using Ally to increase Accessibility

The Blackboard Ally tool will display a “gas gauge” symbol beside each content item in your course site indicating it’s level of accessibility.

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

For files with Low to High scores, Ally lists the issues and offers guidance on how to fix them. We have also put together a page with tutorials that explain how to address the types of issues Ally detects.


Watch this video to see how Ally identifies problems with files you have uploaded and provides suggests on how to improve them.


Describing images using alt-text is an important part of making content accessible, watch this video to learn more.