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Making Your Canvas Course More Accessible

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Ally Benefits Instructors and Students

Ally helps you make your content more accessible and usable for everyone. There are three parts to the tool available to help you and your students:

  1. Course Accessibility Report You can add the Accessibility Report to your course menu to see how accessible all of the content in your course is.
  2. Accessibility Indicators Ally adds iittle symbols throughout your course to help you understand how accessibility your content is that you can click on to learn how to fix it.
  3. Student Alternative Formats Ally automatically makes your content available to students in their preferred format. For example a student can download an audio version of a PDF file from your course to listen to on their way to school.

When you make your content more accessible it becomes easier for everyone to use. Remember that making your content more usable is a process and that lots of help and training is available to help you. Some of the fixes are quick and easy for and others may require some help, even small changes can make a big difference.

Reach more about each of these resources below. You can also contact the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI) for help anytime.

If you are interested on resources and training opportunities on building inclusive courses sign up for the Inclusive Design and Accessibility Newsletter here.

Course Accessibility Report

The Course Accessibility Report is turned off by default, but can easily be turned on and is only available to you as the instructor. You can follow these instructions to add the "Accessibility Report" tool to your navigation and then click save. Now you can click on the Accessibility Report menu item any time to review the overall accessibility of your course.

Accessibility Indicators

You have probably seen red, orange or green symbols in your course. You can click on those icons to understand how accessibility that piece of content is and how you can improve it.

Low indicator Needs help!
Medium indicator A little better
High indicator Almost there
Perfect indicator Perfect!

Student Alternative Formats

Besides helping you make your content more accessible Ally automatically provides your content to students in formats that can help them access your content easier.

Learn more about the student experience here.

Additional Resources for Using Ally

  1. Your students have access to the alternative formats they do not see the feedback icons on individual files.
  2. The first time an alternative format is created it may take a few minutes, but after that it should download right away.
  3. It may be helpful to clean up old content from your course, you can use TidyUP! to identify and delete old or unused content.
  4. Check out this Ally Quick Start for Instructors Guide for additional information including:

Some of the feedback that Ally provides is quick and easy to fix while other content may require more resources. Much of the feedback on how to fix your files can be found directly in Ally, but additional help on improving content is available and you can always reach out to CIDI for help as well.