Blackboard Ally for Courses

Your instructor probably has many different pieces of content in your course. Blackboard Ally creates alternative formats for those content items that are easier to use by all students. You can download the alternative formats anywhere you see Ally's alternative formats download icon on your course's Blackboard site. Just choose the version of the original that is best for your needs!

How to tell if Ally is enabled

When you log in to a Blackboard course, look for the Download Alternative Formats icon (pictured below) next to any content in the course. You'll the be able to view and download a format that suits your learning needs.

If you don't see this icon on any content, Ally is not enabled for that Blackboard course. Blackboard Ally is currently only enabled in a small number of courses. We expect this number to expand in 2023. If you would like to use Ally’s alternative formats in a course where it is not enabled, ask your instructor if they would be willing to enable it. They can do so by emailing ithelp@bu.edu.

Alternative Formats

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.
Choose from multiple formats for downloading content with Alternative Formats: PDF, HTML, ePUB, Electronic Braille, Audio, BeeLine Reader, and Translated Version.

Select the Download Alternative Formats icon wherever you see it to download the content in a different format. Choose the version that is best for your needs!

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More Support

The IT Help Center will answer any questions you have concerning your Blackboard course site. You can get in touch with us online at www.bu.edu/help/blackboard (or by clicking on the Help button on any screen in Blackboard), by email at ithelp@bu.edu, or by phone at 353-HELP(4357).