BeeLine Reader makes reading on screen easier and faster. Instead of using plain black text, BeeLine Reader displays text using a subtle color gradient that helps pull your eye through your readings. This new display format has been honored by the United Nations and is used by readers in 120 countries around the world.

More on the BeeLine Reader alternative format

Use these resources to introduce BeeLine Reader to your staff and students.


LMS Bulletin or Announcement

Study while commuting? Get motion sickness while reading? Download your course files in the BeeLine Reader format. Select the icon next to your course files and select “Alternative Formats” from the menu. Learn more about BeeLine Reader on the Blackboard help site.


Email general (short)

Dear Student,

Study while commuting? Get motion sickness while reading? BeeLine Reader helps with visual tracking. Now you can study while on the go. Download your course files in the BeeLine Reader format. Next to your course files, you’ll find an icon to select “Alternative Formats.” Choose the BeeLine Reader format. For a complete description of the Available Formats, view or visit the Blackboard help site.


Email general (long)

Dear Student,

[Institution] has been selected to participate in a pilot run by Blackboard Ally that gives us access to a new learning tool that can help you read more quickly and easily.

Instead of using plain black text, BeeLine Reader displays text using a subtle color gradient. This gradient pulls your eyes through the text, helping you to read faster and more efficiently. You can read more about BeeLine Reader in The Atlantic or on the BeeLine Reader website (where you can see how it works via an interactive demo).

This new feature is already available to you, so you can use it with your course materials. To see how to use the feature, you can watch this short video, or follow these easy steps:

  1. When downloading a course file, select Alternative Formats.
  2. Choose the BeeLine Reader format to download an enhanced HTML file that can be opened in any web browser, on any device.
  3. Open the file and choose your desired color scheme.

Be sure to let us know what you think of BeeLine Reader, and its implementation in Blackboard Ally!


Email international/ESL department

We have been selected to participate in a pilot run by Blackboard Ally that gives us access to a new learning tool that may be especially helpful for our ELL students. This tool, called BeeLine Reader, is being integrated into Blackboard Ally, and we are among the first schools to have access to the feature.

Instead of using plain black text, BeeLine Reader displays text using a subtle color gradient. This gradient pulls the reader’s eyes through the text, increasing reading fluency and comprehension. BeeLine Reader has been shown to be especially effective among ELL students and students with dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning challenges.

You can see what BeeLine Reader looks like in this interactive demo. To see how students can use this feature when reading their course materials, please refer to this video

Please be sure to pass along any success stories or other feedback from students so that we can share this with Blackboard Ally.


Email athletics academic support

We have been selected to participate in a pilot run by Blackboard Ally that gives us access to a new learning tool that may be especially helpful for our student athletes. This tool, called BeeLine Reader, is being integrated into Blackboard Ally, and we are among the first schools to have access to the feature.

Instead of using plain black text, BeeLine Reader displays text using a subtle color gradient. This gradient pulls the reader’s eyes through the text, increasing reading fluency and comprehension. BeeLine Reader can help our busy student athletes by enabling them to read more efficiently, and to help them read when traveling to and from games (the feature makes reading in vehicles much easier). BeeLine Reader is also very helpful for people who have had concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, which can cause difficulties with visual tracking.

You can see what BeeLine Reader looks like in this interactive demo. To see how students can use this feature when reading their course materials, please refer to this video

Please be sure to pass along any success stories or other feedback from students so that we can share this with Blackboard Ally.