How can I convert files to alternative formats?

The File Transformer is an extension of Blackboard Ally, a solution that helps improve the accessibility of course content and uses machine learning algorithms to generate alternative formats of digital content. You can simply upload a digital file and select a desired file format, including mobile-friendly HTML, audio MP3, ePub, electronic Braille, and Beeline Reader.

Learning in the digital world can take place on various devices and in unique situations. The File Transformer Tool helps you to personalize your learning experience by converting your course files into alternative formats that fit your needs, devices, and learning preferences.

The File Transformer is an extension of Blackboard Ally, a solution that helps improve the accessibility of course content and uses machine learning algorithms to generate alternative formats of digital content. You can simply upload a digital file and select a desired file format, including mobile-friendly HTML, audio MP3, ePub, electronic Braille, and Beeline Reader.

Why would this be helpful to you? Perhaps your Syllabus is in a Word Document format. You can convert the file into PDF or listen to the file with audio MP3. You can also save the Syllabus on your phone as an ePub in your eBooks mobile application. In some situations you may find it useful to convert your file into electronic Braille and share this format with others.

Students and instructors can use the tool to convert source files (PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, HTML) into the following formats:

 
OCRed PDF
Makes scanned documents searchable and more readable. Reduces file size.

Tagged PDF
Open DOC or PPT files without Microsoft ® Office. Improves use with assistive technology and helps reduce bandwith.

Audio
MP3 version for listening on personal devices, or when you want to take a break from reading.

HTML
Mobile-friendly responsive version for easier reading in browser and on mobile devices.
 
Electronic braille
BRF version for tactile reading on electronic braille displays.
 
ePub
For reading and annotating as an e-book on an iPad and other e-book readers.

Beeline Reader
Enhanced version for faster and more focused on-screen reading.


LTI tools allows you to stay in the context of the course.  Convert files on a mobile device into MP3 to listen to the documents. 


Video demonstration of the File Transformer tool:

https://youtu.be/K2SBa1mawC4


The File Transformer tool is available in UIC Blackboard under course Tools area or you can navigate directly to https://ally.ac/covid19/

Course Tools view:

File Transformer


Basic Navigation, Blackboard Home menu tools view:

File Transformer


Press release:
https://press.blackboard.com/2020-04-01-Blackboard-Unveils-The-File-Transformer-to-Increase-Accessibility-of-Digital-Course-Content-for-Students