Ally & Accessibility

Student Accessibility Support

UIDAHO - Center for Disability Access and Resources
Phone: (208) 885-6307
Location: Bruce M. Pitman Center, Suite 127, Moscow Campus

Blackboard Ally - Accessible content is better content
Using Alternative Formats via Ally

It is important for the University of Idaho to offer students meaningful, inclusive, and accessible learning opportunities. Ally provides students with alternative formats for files distributed via BbLearn. For Word documents, PowerPoint documents, and PDF's, you can download alternative formats of the content (e.g. Audio mp3 files for learning on the go). Watch the 48 sec video below to learn more.

An Introduction to Ally (video)

(0:48 min video)

How to download Alternative File Formats

  • Note: You may access Ally's Alternative Formats from their phones via a Web browser, but not through the BbLearn Student app. However, Alternative Format access is coming to the BbLearn Student app in a future release.
  • Select the Alternative formats icon to the right of a content item or attached file (as shown below).
  • Select one of the available formats (e.g. HTML, ePub, Electronic braille, Audio). Note: Ally automatically creates alternative formats for most course documents, but will not be able to accurately convert documents that contain handwritten or poorly scanned information.
  • Press the Download button.
  • The file may take a few minutes to generate and download.
  • Ally Alternative FormatsDepending on the type of document, you many find some or all of these options:
    • An OCRed PDF which is used to improve the text of scanned documents
    • A Tagged PDF with improved navigation, especially if you use a screen reader
    • An HTML version that will be adjust text for your mobile devices
    • An ePub version if you use an eReader or tablet
    • An Electronic Braille version if you're a braille reader
    • An Audio version for listening to an MP3

Additional Support for Ally

Info on Accessibility

Accessibility Information

Blackboard is committed to ensuring that their platform is usable and accessible. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) recently awarded Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1 with a Nonvisual Accessibility Gold Certification, making it the first learning management system to achieve certification. Learn More

JAWS demo videos are available to demonstrate recorded sessions in which a blind user is using a JAWS screen reader to interact with and complete various tasks in BbLearn including submitting an assignment, taking a test, building content and grading students. Watch Video

Keyboard Navigation

  • Press Alt + Shift + L on your keyboard to access the Quick Links navigation in BbLearn.
  • Yon may press Tab (down) or Shift + Tab (up) to navigate to your course content.

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