Ally features a tool that converts files into alternative formats. These alternative formats are created automatically and do not require any extra actions from lecturers. They benefit all students by offering a choice of how to engage with resources, such as:
Students are able to choose from a range of alternative formats according to their preferences.
The tool can convert the following file formats:
The formats you can convert the above file formats into are:
You can read what our Student Digital Assistants thought of alternative formats in their Alternative Formats post on the Learning at City blog.
All students can use Ally to download an automated alternative format of a resource from a Moodle module. Automated alternative formats are considered a supplementary resource. We advise you not to rely solely on the alternative format when reviewing your learning resources. Alternative formats are generated by Ally and are not human-checked or corrected, therefore they can contain errors. Make sure you check the alternative format against the original file to ensure you have a good understanding of the topic and the terminology used. You are encouraged to seek clarification from your teaching staff if necessary.
The alternative formats available to download are MP3, Tagged PDF, OCR PDF, HTML, ePub, BeeLine Reader, Immersive Reader, and Electronic Braille.
Alternative formats may not be available for certain learning resources or have been disabled by lecturers for the following reasons:
If you find some content or a document that is not accessible on Moodle, you can speak to the owner of the content, or your module leader, or your personal tutor, or your course officer in the first instance about how they can provide an alternative format.
We are always looking for ways to improve the accessibility of City’s Moodle. If you find any problems not listed on the accessibility statement for Moodle or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact IT.
Contact the Disability team to discuss your requirements for module resources in an alternative format if it is not covered by Ally.
The Library Service’s accessibility pages have a wealth of resources to support additional needs and assistive technology users. Additionally, the Student Counselling, Mental Health & Accessibility Service has more information regarding reasonable adjustments. You can also email the Disability team to discuss your requirements for module resources in an alternative format.