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What is Blackboard Ally?

Ally is tool that automatically scans the original content in a Blackboard course, and performs a series of steps to make them more accessible.

Ally provides alternative file formats for students to download and accessibility guidance for staff to help them improve uploaded content.

UEA will be launching Ally in November 2019. 

Alternative Formats for students

How do you prefer to engage with digital learning content? Do you read on your phone or tablet, use a screen reader, like to annotate and highlight, or listen to an audio version? Ally automatically generates "Alternative formats" from your original course files, and makes them available for download so that you can engage with course content in a way that works best for you.

Find Ally’s "Alternative Formats" where you access your course content.

Select the Ally arrow next to the attached files in your course to see the Alternative Format options.

Alternative Formats Screenshot

Then select the alternative format you want to download and click download. Your file may take a few minutes to generate.

How to download alternative formats

The alternative formats that can be generated (depending on the original file) are: Tagged PDF, Mobile-friendly HTML, Audio, ePub, Electonric Braille and OCR’d version for scanned documents

Where to get help with Ally for Students

Accessibility Guidance for Staff

Providing students with more accessible original content means that students can choose formats that work best for them. Your original file will not be affected by the alternative formats.

Ally automatically scans your original content and provides you detailed feedback and support to help you make the content more accessible.

Your course files and content will now have coloured "dials" next to them called Ally Indicators. They indicate the file’s level of accessibility.

Click on the indicator to see the percentage accessibility score, specific issues affecting the file, and instructions for improving the file.

Students cannot see the Ally indicators or accessibility scores.

Ally's Accessibility Indicators

Where to get help with Ally for staff