First, we answer the most common question:
UVM’s Commitment to Accessibility
Diversity and inclusion are deeply held values at UVM and we are committed to making all learning environments accessible to every student, including files and documents you upload to Blackboard. In support of this goal, a new tool—Blackboard Ally—is now available on Blackboard.You do not need to turn it on—it appears automatically.
What Does Bb Ally do?
Blackboard Ally (Bb Ally) analyzes all files you have placed in your course, then:
- Checks course materials against WCAG2.1 accessibility standards
- Provides students with accessible alternative formats such as audio and electronic braille
- Delivers guidance on how to improve the accessibility of the files, and provides a way for you to re-upload the file once you have fixed it.
- To see Bb Ally in action, check out the brief overview video, right.
What Do Faculty See?
Once a file is uploaded, instructors will see a graphic symbol (a “gauge”) adjacent to the file. This gauge icon indicates the degree to which the file meets ADA guidelines. Click on the gauge icon to receive information about the issue and how the file can be fixed to be more accessible. Students do not see the Ally gauges on your files.
How to Use It:
- Jump right in with this Quick Start.
- Learn more about how to fix common issues.
- Learn how Ally’s alternative formats for files help everyone, and how your students can download them.
- See a list of accessibility issues for which Bb Ally checks.
What Do Students See?
For all students, Ally can produce several alternative formats of the original file (ex: electronic braille, audio, tagged PDF) so that students can use the version best suited to their needs. Open the drop-down menu next to any attached file in Blackboard and choose the “Alternative Formats” option.
For an overview, view:
If your students have questions or are curious to learn more about Ally and accessibility, they can visit “Ally for LMS Help for Students”