Blackboard Ally

Mobile SupportedBlackboard Ally will provide students with an alternative format for resources in unit sites, with a click of a button. This will dramatically increase access for students on low bandwidth, with vision impairments or other disabilities, and from non-English speaking backgrounds.

To access alternative formats:

  1. Open the Content list in your unit site and go to the file you wish to access in a different format.
  2. Click on the Alternative formats icon beside the file name.
  3. Select your preferred format:
    • Tagged PDF (structured OCR PDF for improved use with assistive technology)
    • HTML (for viewing in the browser and on mobile devices)
    • ePub (for reading as an e-book or on an iPad or other readers)
    • Electronic braille (BRF version for electronic braille displays)
    • Audio (MP3 version for listening)
    • BeeLine Reader (enhanced version for faster on-screen reading)
    • Translated version (machine translated version of the original, with a choice of 50 languages).
  4. The version should appear in a short time.

Note: Blackboard Ally will only convert the following file types into alternative formats:

  • PDF
  • Word
  • Powerpoint
  • HTML
  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice.
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