Ally in Brightspace
Anthology Ally (formerly Blackboard Ally) is available in Brightspace to help faculty improve the accessibility and usability of course materials. We encourage instructors to use it as a guide for improving the quality of existing and new course content.
For Instructors: Anthology Ally is a third-party tool that is integrated in our learning management system that allows instructors to evaluate the accessibility of the materials they’ve uploaded into their course spaces, and which then steps them through the process to improve any documents that they want to fix. Instructors see an indicator next to each item of content that displays the Ally accessibility score. Clicking on the indicator for any item of content opens an Ally help screen that lists the accessibility issues students may experience with that document, what those issues mean in practice, and step by step approaches for producing a more accessible document.
- Create accessible content in Brightspace
- Use Anthology Ally to improve the accessibility of course documents
- Download the Anthology Ally One Sheet
- Improve the accessibility of course content using Anthology Ally
- Ally for D2L Brightspace (YouTube video)
For Students: Anthology Ally provides options to download any item of course content in different formats, depending on the original document. Students may select the format that best meets their needs. Providing access to course documents in alternative formats is beneficial to all students, regardless of ability.