Blackboard Ally

What is Blackboard Ally?

Blackboard Ally supports diversity, equity, and inclusive learning in a way that equally benefits both faculty and students. Training sessions will be posted shortly.

Benefits for Faculty
  1. Blackboard Ally will automatically run your course materials through an accessibility checker eliminating the need to use multiple checkers and tools. 
  2. Blackboard Ally will generate accessible alternatives to your original document including audio, ePub, electronic braille, tagged PDF, and HTML for viewing on mobile devices.
  3. Alternative formats generated by Ally supports the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and allows students to choose the type of file that best suits their needs.
  4. Blackboard Ally will also provide feedback on the accessibility of your course and guidance on how to fix any identified accessibility issues.
  5. Blackboard Ally allows you to respond to student needs for accessible versions of content without additional development time for creating that content.

If you are interested in one-on-one Ally training or scheduling a training session for your department contact us at Ally Ambassadors are also available to attend department meetings in their college to share information and answer questions about Ally. To find your ambassador please see the list below.

Ally Ambassadors

During the pilot, the following faculty received advanced training on using Blackboard Ally.  These faculty have agreed to serve as Ally Ambassadors and answer questions from other faculty about this new tool and also direct you to available resources on campus.  If you have questions about Ally please contact your Ally Ambassador below.

College Faculty Department

Will Boyer
Marilyn Odneal

Agriculture-Mt. Grove


Holly Metcalf
David Caravella

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Kinesiology (per-course)

CHPA Eric Nelson History

Kimberly Van Ornum  



Lanette Cadle
Margaret Weaver
Nora Cox
Taleyna Morris
Robyn Rowe
Paula Patterson


COB Carly Pierson Marketing

Annice McLean
Ching-Wen Chang
Sharie Scott
Tamara Arthaud
Melissa Schotthofer
Kimberly Roam

Reading Foundations & Technology
Reading Foundations & Technology
Counseling Leadership & Special Education
Counseling Leadership & Special Education
Childhood Ed & Family Studies
Childhood Ed & Family Studies


Jessica Bennett
Kelly Wood
Lacey Geiger    

Meyer Library
Academic Success
Access & Outreach

Additional Information 

Below are Quick Start documents available in pdf.

New Feature: Ally Course Report

Ally QuickStart Basics 2018

Ally QuickStart Instructor Feedback 2018

Ally Accessibility Checklist 2018

Ally Alternative formats in Blackboard Learn 2018

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For additional Information contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at