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Anthology Ally

Below is an overview of Anthology Ally at NDSU.


Anthology Ally focuses on helping instructors make digital course content more accessible and supports diversity, equity, and inclusive learning following Universal Design for Learning's three principles of engagement, representation, and action/expression in a way that equitably benefits all students, faculty, and staff.

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Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Using this solution


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Must be a campus-supported product

Getting Started

Anthology Ally is integrated into the Blackboard Learn Original learning management system. Ally is available when text is entered into a text box, documents (Word, PDF, PowerPoint) are posted, and images are added. Instructors will see an indicator identifying the accessibility of the content, including guidance on how to fix any issues. Students will see an option to download Alternative Formats of the content providing them with different ways to read, listen to, and see the content. 

Best Practices

Academic accessibility is an important initiative for all educators. The use of accessible materials with Ally's help can give students the power to learn in a way that works for them. Students have the opportunity to create an experience for their needs and preferences to let them feel empowered.

Learn More/How To's


Use Cases

  • Automatically checks course materials against WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards
  • Provides students with accessible alternative formats such as audio and electronic braille
  • Delivers guidance to instructors to improve the accessibility of their course content

Universal Design/Accessibility

Using strategies and guidelines from Universal Design for Learning and ensuring all of the course content is accessible creates a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment. 

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OwnerSharley K.GroupIT Knowledge Base
Created2020-12-01 10:58:26Updated2023-12-28 14:05:06
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