Using Ally in Canvas

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Accessibility week –
Day 5

This blog post outlines how to use Ally to improve the accessibility of your teaching materials within Canvas.

Ally is a built-in accessibility checker that is integrated into Canvas which automatically checks course materials against WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards.

From an instructor perspective, it delivers guidance to improve the accessibility of their course content. For students it provides accessible alternative formats such as audio, electronic braille, epub and more.

Alternative Formats

Ally automatically generates alternative formats of your course files, so students can access the information they need, in the way that they need it.

Formats includes:

  • Electronic Braille
  • Audio
  • Immersive Reader
  • PDF – OCR
  • PDF – Tagged
  • HTML, Semantic
  • ePub
  • Translated Version
  • BeeLine Reader

For more information on these alternative formats, visit the Alternative Formats section of the Ally website.

The below video explains alternative formats in Ally, demonstrating how they are accessed and used.

Alternative Formats in Ally – Explanational video

Instructor feedback

Ally provides you detailed feedback and support to help you make your materials more accessible.

The below video explains the instructor view of Ally and how to improve the accessibility of your materials:

Instructor Tools in Ally – Explanational video

Further Resources

For more information on Ally in Canvas, please visit our Ally For Canvas pages on the Learning and Teaching website.

For more information on accessibility please visit our webpages for Digital Accessibility and Universal Design.

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