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Blackboard Ally: Downloading Alternative Formats

Ally, in addition to providing Accessibility Scores to course materials for instructors to improve their course accessibility, also provides instructors and students with the option to download course materials in alternative formats. Alternative formats provide users with the ability to access the content in otherwise unavailable accessibly formats such as Braille.

There are numerous options for users to download the available alternative formats of a file upload in a Canvas course. Below are the details for each option, as seen from a student's perspective.

Students cannot see the colored dials in a course. Instructors and students, however, can download automatically created, more accessible, alternative versions of files uploaded into Canvas.

Option 1: From the Files Section

  1. Click the "Files" section of the course navigation.
  2. Either click the course file from the list to select it and click the "Alternative formats" button that appears in the top banner next to the search bar.
  3. Or click the three-dot icon in-line with the course file from the list and select the "Alternative formats" option from the menu options.
  1. In the pop-up box that opens, select the alternative format option from the list and click the "Download" button.
  1. On a Canvas Page, click the down-arrow icon to the right of the linked course file, and select "Alternative formats" from the drop down menu that opens.
  1. In the pop-up box that opens, select the alternative format option from the list and click the "Download" button.

Option 3: From the File Preview Display

  1. When a file has been opened in the Canvas preview, click the "Alternative formats" button in the top banner.
  1. In the pop-up box that opens, select the alternative format option from the list and click the "Download" button.

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