Ally Instructor Feedback and Course Accessibility Reports

Ally provides instructors detailed feedback and support to help instructors remediate course content to make it accessible. Think of Ally as your partner to help you learn about accessibility issues, why they matter and how to fix them.  Green is the goal!

Instructor Feedback

There are two places to access accessibility reports in your course to get started. The first is the Ally dial sitting to the right of your course file.

By clicking on the Ally dial to the right of the file name, users can access the accessibility score of the file and the associated accessibility issues
Files in an OnCourse course
  1. Click on the dial icon. A new window opens which displays your file on the left and the file’s accessibility score on the right.

  2.  In this example, the score for the file is 5% and the reason is that the PDF is untagged.

    The accessibility score of the PDF file is five percent because it is untagged. A user can click on What this means and How to tag a PDF for more information
    Accessibility score
  3. If you click on the What this means button, you’ll find out what a tagged PDF is. In essence, tags in a PDF are hidden labels that clarify the document structure for a screen reader. Without the tags, a screen reader cannot read a PDF document.

  4. By clicking on the All issues button, you’ll find out what additional accessibility issues were found for the file. In this example, the PDF does not have tags, the PDF does not have a language set, and the PDF does not have a title.

    If a user clicks on the All issues button, a new window opens which displays all the accessibility issues associated with the file
    Ally window displaying All issues associated with the file



Note: Students do not see the dial icons. Only instructors can see the dials.

Accessibility report

 

The second way to check the accessibility score of your course and to access the list of issues that need remediation is to access the Accessibility report.

Note: Students do not see a link for Accessibility report. Only instructors have access to the Accessibility report.

  1. Begin by clicking on the Accessibility report link on the left side menu on your main course page.



    An instructor can access the Accessibility report for their course by clicking on the Accessibility report link on the left side menu on the course main page
    Accessibility report link

     

  2. A new window opens which displays your Course accessibility score. In this example, the course accessibility score is 65%.  The dial is orange. Remember, green is the goal!

    The course accessibility report displays the overall accessibility score, the link to view all course issues, a link to view content with the easiest issues to fix and a link to fix low scoring content
    Course accessibility report

     

  3. On the right side of the screen, you have two options. We recommend beginning with Content with the easiest issues to fix. Click on the Start button. A new window opens and you see your files on the left side. On the right side you see the Issues and the Score columns.



    The content with easiest issues to fix screen displays the files that contain the easiest issues to fix
    Content with easiest issues to fix



  4. Choose a file to begin with on the left side of the screen. In this example, the Sample.docx file has two issues and a score of 32%. By clicking on the Sample.docx file, a window opens and displays the file on the left side of the screen, and the Accessibility score on the right side.

    The Sample.docx files contains images that are missing a description and has an overall accessibility score of 32 percent
    Accessibility score for Sample.docx



  5. The Accessibility score for the Sample.docx file is 32% and we see that the issue is that the file contains images that do not have descriptions. As in our previous example, Ally gives us the option to click on What this means and How to add descriptions, providing support to the user to remediate the file.




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Ally Quick Start for Instructors on the Blackboard Ally website

Course Accessibility Report on the Blackboard Ally website