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Ally, made by Blackboard is an accessibility feature that promotes inclusivity for all learners and is integrated into our learning management system, Canvas.  


Alternative Formats Feature

The part of the Ally tool that is turned on in SRJC's Canvas will automatically generate accessible alternative versions of files and make them available to students in your course while maintaining a copy of your original file.

How to Use

Ally is turned on for all Canvas pages. All users, whether faculty or students can access the alternative formats feature by:

  • Clicking on the Ally icon at the top of the page Ally Page Download button
  • Clicking on the down arrows next to linked documents to access the Alternative Formats choice

     Ally Document pop-out menu

Help and Documentation


Tool Information

  • Functionality
    • Easily access the Alternate format feature from any Canvas page
  • Usage and Account Set Up
    • No need to set up account, as the feature is turned on in Canvas at the institutional level
    • Cost of Use: paid for by the state
    • Archiving, Saving, Exporting Data functionalities of Ally is turned off
    • Data Privacy and Ownership: Instructors can turn off Ally if they don't want students to download alternate formats
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