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Ally

What is Ally?

Ally is an accessibility checker integrated into Canvas. This tool provides instructors with feedback on the accessibility of uploaded files and guidance to make those documents more accessible. This is gauged utilizing an accessibility score. Ally also automatically provides alternative formats for files uploaded, such as HTML, electronic Braille, and audio, which are available to both students and instructors. Ally will be used to identify a baseline for the accessibility of courses and will allow UNF to continue providing a more inclusive learning environment for all students.

From the Publisher

Ally works seamlessly with your Learning Management System (LMS) to gauge the accessibility of your content. Ally provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to your content accessibility. In addition to providing you with insight to your content accessibility, Ally automatically creates alternative versions of your files. This allows students to choose the type of file they want that best suits their needs. While you’re in the process of improving files, students still access alternative copies.

Features

Accessibility is proactive, accommodation is reactive. Creating accessible course content will save time in the long run. Accessible content improves the learning experience for all students, not just individuals with disabilities, as it meets the needs of a variety of learning preferences. As accessibility exists on a spectrum, there is always room to improve.v

CIRT offers online training for Ally. This self-paced online course provides an overview of Ally and how to best utilize the tool. It will provide information on accessibility scores, how to improve them, and how to convert uploaded content to accessible formats.

  • Receive feedback on the accessibility of your content.
  • Improve content accessibility with Ally’s step-by-step instructions.
  • Automatically generate alternative formats for course files.

LMS Integration

Ally is already integrated with every UNF Canvas course. Files uploaded into Canvas receive accessibility scores after they are run through automated checklists. These scores display as a gauge icon and are visible to instructors from the Files tab or on content pages next to embedded files and images.

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Supplementary to Ally’s Official Support Center, CIRT has created the following support documents related to this app:

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