Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally is integrated into all NDSU Blackboard courses as of 12/23/2020. This page provides an overview of the Ally tool.


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Blackboard Ally 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.

  • Ally automatically creates alternative versions of most course content so students can access the material in a format that best suits their needs.
  • Alternative formats generated by Ally support the principles of Universal Design for Learning. 
  • Ally provides useful tips and steps instructors can take to improve the accessibility of their course content. 
  • Ally eliminates the need for instructors to use multiple tools to check course materials for accessibility issues.

Ally is dedicated to helping create truly inclusive experiences in education. 

See how Ally works (video; duration 1:28)

Help, consultation, training

IT Help Desk

Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Using this solution


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Use of Blackboard LMS.

Getting Started

Best Practices

Blackboard Ally should be used to ensure that Blackboard content is accessible for all users.

Learn More/How To's




Use Cases

Blackboard course managers can use Ally to assess how accessible Blackboard content is and view suggestions on how to improve accessibility.

Universal Design/Accessibility

Ally references the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 AA) when assessing Blackboard content.

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