As part of the SLaTE funding received for Digital Accessibility we are implementing a pilot to enable the feature fully in Blackboard Learn to ensure maximum flexibility and inclusion for students. If you do not wish to participate in this pilot please ‘opt out’ via this form.

Resources are scanned and advice on how to increase the accessibility of documents are provided (fig 1) and once fixed the document can be easily replaced within the VLE.

Each item will have an Ally indicator icon. Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score the fewer the issues. This indicator will not be seen by students.

Low (0-33%): Needs help! There are severe accessibility issues.
Medium (34-66%): A little better. The file is somewhat accessible and needs improvement.
High (67-99%): Almost there.  The file is accessible but more improvements are possible.
Perfect (100%): Perfect! Ally didn’t identify any accessibility issues but further improvements may still be possible.

Note: these scores are generated by machine learning and therefore should only to be taken as a guide for instructors on how to improve the document’s accessibility. Unexpected results may require further investigation.

Figure 1: Resource report for teaching staff

The information within the item report will contain advice and guidance on the elements that need attention and how to amend them to improve the accessibility.

Instructors can opt to turn off Alternative Formats for particular resources by clicking on the arrow to the right of the Download alternative formats title (fig 2).

Figure 2 Disable Alternative Formats