Ally Alternative Formats

It is likely that your instructor uses different file types in your course. Ally creates alternative formats for those file types. You can download the alternative formats anywhere you see Ally's alternative formats download icon. Just choose the version of the original file that is best for your needs!

Ally provides alternative formats for these file types:

  • PDF files

  • Microsoft® Word files

  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® files

  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice files

  • Uploaded HTML files

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

  • Translated Version

  • BeeLine Reader



  1. Begin by locating the file in your course which you wish to download in an alternative format

    Users can select the Ally Alternative Formats icon to download alternative formats of a file posted in a course in OnCourse
    Files in an OnCourse Course

  2. A pop up window appears that offers the downloadable alternative formats

    Users can select from a menu of alternative formats in Ally including tagged PDFs, HTML, electronic braille and audio file types
    Aly Alternative Format Options


  3. Select your file type that you wish to download and press the Download button

Alternative Formats  on the Blackboard Ally website

Ally Quick Start for Students on the Blackboard Ally website

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