Accessibility Report in Blackboard Ultra

When to Use?

The course accessibility report acts as a complement to the existing accessibility indicators. It provides an accessibility summary and overview at the course level.


Find Your Course Accessibility Report

The accessibility report can be accessed from two locations – Books & Course Tools from the Details & Actions menu or selecting Content Market when clicking on the purple plus sign to add content.

Books & Tools link in the Details & Actions menu

Content Market option from the purple plus menu.

Course Accessibility Report

Ally’s course accessibility report includes Overview and Content tabs so that you can get the big picture as well as specific details about the accessibility of your digital course content.

  • The Overview tab shows the accessibility score for the course, course content grouped by content type, and a list of all issues identified in the course
  • The Content tab shows you the content with accessibility issues.

Accessibility report with overview and content tabs.

Accessibility Score

At the top of the report is an accessibility score for the entire course.

Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score the fewer the issues.

Ally color wheel ratings from low to high

All Course Content

See all content in your course grouped by content type. Select Start to go to the Content tab and start fixing issues.

Overall course score in Ally detailing the number of documents by each type.

Currently, Ally checks files in these formats:

  • PDF files
  • Microsoft® Word files
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® files
  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice files
  • Uploaded HTML files
  • Image files (JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF)
  • WYSIWYG/VTBE content
  • YouTubeTM videos embedded in WYSIWYG/VTBE content

GoogleTM Privacy Policy

LMS Content Editor (WYSIWYG) Content

Ally also checks these content types created through the system content WYSIWYG editor for accessibility issues.

  • Blackboard Learn Ultra
    • Document (application/x-document)
    • Folder (application/x-folder)
    • Learning Module (application/x-learning-module)
    • A link to a discussion topic (application/x-link-discussion-topic)
    • Web Link (application/x-link-web)
    • Embedded LTI application (application/x-lti-launch)


Choose What to Fix First

Use the report to help you decide what to fix first. For example, content with most severe issues first or start with the content that's easiest to fix.

Choose between Content with the easiest issues to fix and Fix low scoring content. See how many pieces of content you'll be fixing. Select Start.

Start button available for seeing Ally's input on accessibility issues needing to be addressed for the document.

Remaining Issues

Issues are listed in order of priority from severe to minor. Those at the top of the list should be addressed first. Ally looks at the number of students impacted, how often the issue occurs, and the accessibility score to determine the priority.

Severity scores available for issues reported by Ally. Include Severe, Major, and Minor.

Select an issue to see all the pieces of content that have that issue. Select a piece of content to open the Instructor Feedback panel to fix the issue. 

More on using the Instructor Feedback panel to fix issues

See How It Looks in Your Course

Books & Course Tools

Accessibility report link from the Books & Course Tools menu.


Content Market

Accessibility Report link from the Content Market.

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