Blackboard Ally: Getting started with alternative accessible formats


Alternative accessible formats for your course documents

If you would like to print this guide, please access the PDF version via this link: Blackboard Ally: Alternative accessible formats

The University of Reading is committed to providing you the best learning experience possible. With this goal we have activated Blackboard Ally in your courses.

Ally is an add-on to Blackboard Learn, which focuses on making digital course content more accessible to all students. You will now be able to download any content in this course in the format that fits best with your learning style. PDF, HTML, .EPUB and Audio files are now available for most content items.

Here is a link (More on alternative formats) to more information on formats available as well as what each format offers. Should you have any questions or experience issues while using ALLY please contact CQSD TEL by emailing

1. Find a file

Log into your course and find the file you want.

2. Open the file menu

Click on the Alternative formats button to open the alternative format window.

Blackboard Ally alternative formats button

3. Choose a format

Don’t stick to just one format! Use as many formats as you want.