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Ally is an industry-leading solution for assessing and enhancing the accessibility of courses in a learning management system.

Our Ally integration at Saint Mary’s is part of the new Canvas LMS.  Check out the walkthrough to the right and more tutorials below!

How Ally Works

Ally works seamlessly with Canvas 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

In addition to providing you with insight to your content accessibility, Ally automatically creates alternative versions of your files. This allows students to choose the type of file they want that best suits their needs. While you’re in the process of improving files, students still access alternative copies.

Alternative Formats

Many classrooms today, both physical and digital, are integrated with students with diverse needs. Alternative formats provide greater opportunity for everyone to access the information they need in the way they need or want it.

With alternative formats all students can meet the same learning objectives using resources that are built to target the needs of the individual student. For example, Ally creates audio and electronic braille alternatives for students with visual impairments.

Instructor Resources

Improve the usability and accessibility of your content

Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. Providing them with more accessible original content means they can choose formats that work best for them: HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for the visually impaired, and Audio for learning on the go. Ally automatically scans your original content, and performs a series of steps to make them more accessible.

  • Generate alternative formats for students to download
  • Provide accessibility scores
  • Give instructor feedback on how to improve your accessibility score

Student Resources

Learn your own way with Blackboard Ally

Ally creates alternative files that are easier to use by all students. Ally works within your online course so it’s available right where you need it.

Alternative files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content. Ally creates multiple alternatives from the original documents in your course. You can download these alternative formats anywhere that files are used.

Instructional Tech Updates & Resources

New Policies Section

New Policies Section

We’ve made a small change to the site that you should know about. Since people often seek out certain Saint Mary’s policies on the CELT site here, we decided to give those policies their own section! You can now reach the policies page very easily via the top menu. If you have a policy you think we should link up or one of our links is out of date, please let us know at

Come hear Dr. Annika Konrad speak on a Pedagogy of Interdependence

Come hear Dr. Annika Konrad speak on a Pedagogy of Interdependence

Access Services, Integratus, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will be welcoming Dr. Annika Konrad of Dartmouth College for a virtual talk on March 24 at 12:15pm and a virtual workshop for faculty on March 25 at 2pm. Both events will be on Zoom. The title of her talk will be, “Learning from Stories of Access Fatigue: Building Interdependence into Pedagogical Design”.

Canvas on your mind?

Canvas on your mind?

What are your peers and colleagues saying about their first experiences in Canvas? Check out the short video to hear what they have to say. As the university shifts to a single LMS and a common set of instructional technology tools feedback is essential. Like your...