Overview of Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ultra does provide a service within it called Ally. This service works in the background and will ‘convert’ files uploaded to Blackboard into multiple alternative formats. This means that students can choose formats that work best for them (e.g. HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, electronic braille for the visually impaired, and audio for learning on the go or for those who find reading difficult).

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.

What alternative formats does Ally generate?

These alternative formats can be generated:

  • OCR’d version (for scanned documents)

  • Tagged PDF (currently for Word, Powerpoint and OpenOffice/LibreOffice files)

  • Mobile-friendly HTML

  • Audio ePub

  • Electronic Braille

  • BeeLine Reader

How to download alternative formats?

How to download alternative formats anywhere that files are used – on Blackboard Ultra.

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