Supporting Accessibility

Improve the usability and accessibility of your content with Ally

With the support of Provost Holloway, the Academic Technologies Advisory Board, the Accessibility Resource Center, the Center for Digital Learning, and UNM Online, we are pleased to offer an accessibility tool called Ally for use in all UNM Learn courses.

Faculty see red, orange and green indicators next to each file.Blackboard Ally works seamlessly with UNM Learn to gauge the accessibility of your content and provide guidance on how to resolve issues. You don't have to fix everything at once. As Mark Twain said, "Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection." The work you do to improve accessibility within your course documents will enhance the learning experience for all students.

For more information about how Ally can help you make your content more accessible, consult Improving Accessibility.

"Providing accessible content is both a legal and moral imperative." Provost Holloway


Ally for students

With Ally, students can click the Alternative Formats icon (Alternative Formats icon is a capital A with a down-arrow.) to download different formats of common file types (e.g., PDFs, Word, PowerPoint, HTML).

Download alternative formats screen - radio buttons on left for each file type.This benefits all your students because it provides formats that are appropriate for a range of devices and needs (structured PDF for assistive devices, HTML and ePub for mobile devices, MP3 for audio, electronic braille for braille readers, etc.). For more information about how students can access alternative formats, consult Viewing Content – Alternative Formats.

Accessibility of Blackboard Learn

Blackboard, the company that develops the Learn software, is committed to ensuring that the software is usable and accessible. Blackboard measures and evaluates accessibility levels using two sets of standards: the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act issued by the United States federal government.

If you have any concerns regarding the functionality of the UNM Learn application in relation to accessibility, please contact the UNM Learn Support team.

Campus resources for students with a disability

Accessibility Resource Center logo.The UNM Accessibility Resource Center provides comprehensive resources to the University community in order to create equitable, inclusive, and practical learning environments. They can help faculty and students with course accommodations and may be able to help provide students with access to adaptive technology that can help them use UNM Learn course sites. The Accessibility Resource Center website contains a listing of computer labs and adaptive software available to Resource Center clients.