Ally Mini-Course

Getting Started

Our hope is that we can provide you with the tools you need to see your score rise and in turn, see the accessibility of your course increase, as we continue to strengthen our commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment at UTSA. If you get stuck along the way, email us at

Please get started by:

  1. Watching the Understand the Ally Course Report and Understand the Ally Gauge videos
  2. Reviewing the What Formats Ally Can Review section
  3. Selecting the Rise Up ‘Runners Learning Pathway that best fits your schedule
Rise up runners with Blackboard Ally logo

Currently, Ally checks files in these formats:

  • PDF files
  • Microsoft® Word files
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® files
  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice files
  • Uploaded HTML files
  • Image files (JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF)
  • YouTubeTM videos embedded in WYSIWYG/VTBE content
  • WYSIWYG/VTBE content
    • The results for WYSIWYG content only appear in the course accessibility report

List directly from Blackboard Course Accessibility Report

Rise Up 'Runners Learning Pathways

We recommend starting with pathway 1 and working your way to pathway 3. The instructor feedback panel in your course will provide resources and steps to remediate content. In addition to the instructor feedback panel, some of the listed items have been hyperlinked to resources to help you complete the task. Reach out to the Digital Accessibility Team with any questions.

Pathway #1: Quick Start

Do you only have 2-5 minutes? Pick 1-2 of the items below to work on in your course. Come back when you have time to work on more!

Pathway #2: Dive into Ally

If this if your first time using Ally and you have a little more time to dive into course accessibility issues, we recommend starting by starting on the list below.

Pathway #3: Advanced Ally Use and Beyond

If you have been working through the first 2 pathways and you feel ready to begin overhauling major elements in your course start working on the list below.

Top 5 Ally Issues at UTSA