Ally Guide for Faculty

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Blackboard Ally

Cal State Fullerton is committed to making content accessible for all students regardless of disability. To aid us in this project Cal State Fullerton has implemented Blackboard’s ALLY tool.

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.

To learn about Ally, view the guides linked below or contact OET for a one-on-one consult.

 

GOAL OF ALLY

  • To help make digital content (files like Word, PowerPoint, images, etc.) more accessible within TITANium (our 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 mp3 audio, electronic braille, HTML, ePub, and optical character recognition PDF
  • Offer guidance to instructors on how to improve the accessibility of their documents

 



 

Currently identified limitations of Ally and status of future updates

ISSUES

ACTIONS

Only uploaded files (Word, PPT, PDF, etc.) in your TITANium course are scanned and are provided with alternative versions which students can download. Files within ZIP/SCORM packages like SoftChalk, Camtasia, and Captivate are not scanned. Ally may improve the extensiveness of its scans as a future feature improvement.
Images in Blocks are not scanned correctly or not at all.  
Image ALT text cannot be identical to the image file name.  
PDFs with a source link (or any information added in Ally) are automatically given a "perfect" score.  
Images in Questions have no score.  
Multimeda (video, audio, other presenations) are not scanned or identified as having captions or transcripts.