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Blackboard Ally (or simply just 'Ally') is a tool which allows you to download alternative formats for common documents to make your learning resources more accessible.

Files uploaded to Blackboard* are automatically given an Ally icon (looks like an 'A' with an arrow next to it) to the right of the file name, clicking on this opens the option to download the following different formats, whatever your need:

  • Tagged PDF - structured PDF for improved use with assistive technology
  • HTML - for viewing in the browser and on mobile devices
  • ePub - for reading as an e-book on an iPad and other e-book readers
  • Electronic Braille - BRF version for consumption on electronic braille displays
  • Audio - MP3 version for listening
  • BeeLine Reader - making reading on screen easier and faster with colour gradients

* currently available in Blackboard courses from 2019-20 , for items created using the in-built text editor and for files uploaded as PDF, Word, PowerPoint, OpenOffice/LibreOffice, and HTML.

Learn more about Blackboard Ally

Note: we have a more up-to-date version of Ally so you will click on an A symbol to access the tool.

Note: we have a more up-to-date version of Ally, therefore you will need to select the 'A' symbol next to an item to access the tool.