Ally at UTSA

Rise Up 'Runners with Blackboard Ally!

Join the Rise Up ‘Runners Campaign by using Ally in your course!
At UTSA inclusiveness is one of our core values.  Our philosophy regarding accessibility is derived from the social model of disability.  With this framework, we recognize the need to increase awareness of issues of accessibility and provide tools and training needed to address them.  This shifts the focus from a strictly accommodation model, to a much more proactive approach.
 Ally, an automated accessibility checker, will help us support our efforts to ensure that our online learning environment does not present accessibility barriers for learners.  It is important to remember that accessibility is necessary for some, but beneficial to all. That is why our campaign surrounding Ally is Rise Up Runners with Blackboard Ally.
Rise up runners with Blackboard Ally logo

What is Ally?

Ally is an automated accessibility checker that provides feedback about the accessibility of content within Blackboard.  It provides guided instructions for addressing common accessibility barriers while giving instructors an overview of the accessibility of their course.  Ally also provides students with the ability to access available alternative formats for some content. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Starting in December 2021, Ally will be enabled in all courses in Blackboard. The accessibility indicator gauges will be visible next to content, and a Course Accessibility Report is also available.  Students will see an alternative format indicator that will alert them that an alternative format is available.

The Accessibility Indicator Gauges will alert you if Ally detects a common accessibility barrier is present in your course.  Select the Accessibility Indicator Gauge to receive information about this barrier and how to correct it. 

*Note: There are certain elements that Ally may flag as inaccessible, but information for correcting this error may not be available.  Email the Digital Accessibility team for additional assistance.

No, our goal with Ally is to create a more accessible, inclusive learning environment at UTSA.  We know that accessibility is new to some instructors. 

Not sure where to start? We have a section dedicated to giving you some helpful tips about how you can start to improve your Course Accessibility Score in just 2 minutes!

How Can Ally Impact Learner Experience?

Ready to Begin Your Journey?

Complete our Survey

Please take a moment to take our Accessibility Awareness Survey before you begin your journey with Ally.

We will use this data to develop targeted trainings and understand the needs of faculty!

Review our Mini-Course

Our Mini-Course provides numerous resources and tips for developing a more accessible course using Ally!

There are no due dates or assignments! Take what you need and return to keep learning how to get the most of our Ally!

Where Can I Go For Help?

Do you still have questions? Click the button below to email our Digital Accessibility Team.