Blackboard Ally Orientation

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The following section includes both external curated documentation, and in-house guides for getting started with Blackboard Ally.

Screencapture of the Ally alternative format widow that students can use to choose the format that best works for them

Ally Basics – What Ally does

The attached guide explains the alternative formats and the Ally Indicator Dials.


You may also wish to view this short overview video about Ally.

This longer video created by the Digital Learning, Portal and Intranet Services (DLPIS) Team for Global Accessibility Awareness Day also shows Ally in the context of a University of Brighton test module.


Ally Basics – Using the Instructor Feedback Panel


This page at the Blackboard help site provides an overview of the Instructor Feedback Panel and how to use it.

You may also wish to view this short video about viewing the file accessibility with Ally in Blackboard Learn.

Ally Basics – What Ally Checks


This page at the Blackboard help site provides both a basic checklist and a more in-depth list of the elements that Ally checks to assess the accessibility of content. A PDF of the basic checklist is also attached.

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5.2 Where should I start to improve the accessibility of my resources?


This guide has been created to help with process of deciding which content to update first and what to prioritise.

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5.3 What should I be aiming for?


Learn about soft levels to aim for in terms of the accessibility of resources. Accessibility will naturally vary according to the file types in use, so some modules will be easier to update than others.

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I have been working in the Educational Technology field within Higher Education for eleven years. A big part of my job is finding new and innovative ways of integrating technology into current teaching and learning methodology. This can include assisting academic staff with Virtual Learning Environments/Learning Management Systems (Blackboard), implementing specific software packages, maximising current technologies and championing new ones. I find this profession both riveting and rewarding. I really enjoy life on the cutting edge, but I also enjoy being able to help staff achieve small and meaningful efficiencies; sometimes that makes all the difference.

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