Blackboard Ally: Getting Started with Accessibility

A new accessibility tool called Blackboard Ally is now available inside all of your Nexus courses.

Blackboard Ally works seamlessly with Nexus, our Union College Learning Management System (LMS), to gauge the accessibility of your content. Ally provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to your content accessibility.

  • Receive feedback on the accessibility of your content
  • Improve content accessibility with Ally's step-by-step instructions

Ally automatically checks course content and files in Nexus for common accessibility issues, such as missing alt text or headers. It also looks for content that is not formatted for screen readers. Ally offers feedback on how to improve content accessibility and creates alternative formats such as audio files, electronic braille and screen-readable PDFs. This tool also improves readability for mobile devices and tablets.

Find more details about using Blackboard Ally here

Learning Technologies provides support and documentation for faculty and instructors using classroom technology and Nexus. For one-to-one support faculty can request a consultation online.



Kevin Barhydt, Sr. Learning and Inclusive Technology Analyst

Denise Snyder, Director, Learning Technologies and Environments



If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.

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