What is Ally?

Ally is a tool from Blackboard that integrates seamlessly with the UW’s Canvas learning management system to automatically check accessibility of course content, including files uploaded by instructors. 

  • It has two main functions:
    • Evaluate all documents and images that are uploaded to the course and, for those documents and images which do not comply with accessibility guidelines, lead the instructor through the steps needed to improve the accessibility of the document.
    • Provide students with multiple formats of the original document so they can select the one that best fits their unique needs.

Why should I use Ally?

Benefits for Students:

Ally improves the student experience by providing alternative and accessible formats of uploaded course documents. The accessible versions available will depend on the original document. Students may select the format that best meets their needs. Providing access to course documents in alternative formats is beneficial to all students, regardless of ability.


Benefits for Instructors:

The goal of Ally is to assist instructors with learning techniques for enhancing the accessibility of course documents. There are no required actions however, the integrated Ally tutorials will provide information and simple steps to take to improve the accessibility of uploaded course materials. Instructors can use these techniques when creating future course content and ensure that these materials are accessible from the start. As subject matter experts, faculty members’ main goal is to communicate concepts and help students achieve learning outcomes. Ally is another available tool to help instructors meet that goal.

How do I go about getting started?

A self-paced interactive tutorial is available at:

How can I get help?

Ally training and support is available from the UTO instructional design team. ([email protected])