Ally Faculty Guide

Blackboard Ally

CSU Fullerton is committed to making content accessible for all students regardless of disability.  To aid us in this project Cal State Fullerton has purchased Blackboard’s ALLY tool.  Information Technology and Faculty Support Services are here to help with training and support.   

Goal of Ally

To help make digital content more accessible within TITANium (CSUF Learning Management System)


Main Functions

Automatically check course documents (NOT media) against WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards

Provide students with accessible alternative formats such as audio and electronic braille

Deliver guidance to instructors to improve the accessibility of their course content



CSUF is implementing the Ally tool in phases so that we can learn about the tool from faculty and student feedback, and continue to inform the creators of Ally about desired future improvements.  It is important to note that Ally is just ONE tool to help with improving the accessibility of instructional content and the inclusion of all students.  



Currently identified limitations of Ally and status of future updates



Only uploaded files (Word, PPT, PDF, etc.) on the course main page are scanned and have alternative versions created for students. Files within ZIP/SCORM packages and within TITANium lessons/books are NOT scanned. Ally may improve the extensiveness of its scans as a future feature improvement.