Blackboard Ally for Students (Accessibility)
Ally is a Blackboard tool that helps support diverse learning needs by making content accessible to all learners by automatically providing multiple download formats to students.
Note: Ally is not turned on for all courses. Currently, only a small number of courses have Ally Alternative Formats. Additional courses will be added in the future.
Below is a short video showing how Ally can benefit students with alternative formats:
1. Access your Blackboard course and locate the content you wish to view in an alternative format
2. Click the Ally icon (an uppercase A with a down arrow) next to the file you wish to view in an alternative format
3. On the popup window, choose your format:
a. HTML: View the content in your browser or on mobile devices.
b. ePub: Read the content as an e-book on an iPad or other e-book reader.
c. Electronic Braille: Creates a BRF file that can be read on a refreshable Braille display or other Braille reading devices.
d. Audio: Creates an MP3 version of the content for you to listen to.
e. Tagged PDF: Creates a structured PDF for use with assistive technologies such as a screen reader.
f. Beeline Reader - enhanced PDF reader
g. Translated Version - translate to another language such as Spanish, French, Arabic, or a multitude of other languages!
Note: Not all formats are available for all types of content.
4. Click Download (see image below)
5. Open or Save the file