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6.11. Ally Overview

Ally Overview

TN eCampus has made Blackboard Ally accessibility checker available for all partnership courses. Ally works seamlessly with Brightspace to gauge the accessibility of course content. Ally can point out many kinds of compliance issues, provide a step-by-step guide on how to fix many issues, and can even help you decide where to begin.

Getting Started

To get started from the NavBar, open the More menu and choose Ally Course Report.

Ally Dashboard

The dashboard has 4 key information sets to help you decide how much needs to be done and where it might be best to begin.

  1. The snapshot graphic gives an overall grade
  2. The course content tallies the content by file type
  3. Choose this option to remediate the easiest files
  4. Choose this option to remediate the greatest need file

 

From the Overview tab choose View or Start to access the specific report path that works best for you. You may want to remediate by groups of file types, the easiest files, or the files with the biggest problems. In this example, we will explore low-scoring content.

Choose a course file from the list. Notice the document type, file name, and score information provided in this view. The next window will highlight the problem areas if possible, the percentage score, and options to learn more about the accessibility topic and possible solutions. (Some recommended solutions are still in development.) TN eCampus Knowledge Books have accessibility tutorials (new window) available 24/7 as well.

Also, be sure to notice the All Issues button. Using this feature expands all issues with a file.

Steps to Remediation

There are a couple of exceptions, but remediation is not intended directly inside Ally. Ally will show you where the problem exists but you have to make those changes in the HTML file or the source file and re-upload the corrected file. Ideally, have the page or source file open in another instance to make the corrections, save your work, and upload or edit the course as needed.

Receive Accessibility Feedback

When Ally was installed, it checked every course in the system, but Ally checks also checks every course update and edit. Notice these symbols next to content Ally can check. Like the course report, this is a snapshot of the file's accessibility status.

Page list view of two pages with Ally dial icons.

Need Help

Knowledge Books has a chapter for Accessibility tutorials (same frame). There you will find a variety of tips, checklists, and how-to's you can review anytime. If you need help with an accessibility problem, you can always file a ticket through the TN eCampus Help Desk (new window).

 



Prefer a short video? This video demonstrates Ally's functionality in the Blackboard LMS. This is very similar to the overall functionality in Brightspace.


 

Alternative File Formats for Students

In addition to providing course developers and instructors with insight into your content accessibility, Ally automatically creates alternative versions of your files. This allows students to choose the type of file they want that best suits their needs. 

Alternative Format icons highlighted in a list of pages.

While you're in the process of improving files, students can access alternative document types. For example, Ally can convert a scanned document to a text document using OCR technology that can be read by a screen reader or Ally can convert that same document to electronic braille or an ePub book.

List of Alternative Formats includes: docx, tagged PDF, ePub, electronic braille, audio, Beeline Reader, HTML, translation

 

Share with Students

This resource creates more accessible and more useful content for students of all abilities. Please share this feature with students to increase their awareness. Students have tutorial information in the TN eCampus Knowledge Books (new window). You may also share a brief video, Blackboard Ally for Students (new window).

 

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