Ally for Course Accessibility
Ally is a new tool offered at Cornell to help you make your online course materials more accessible. Directly integrated into Canvas, Ally checks all content in your course. It then provides you with a report rating the accessibility of the various components of your course. Moreover, Ally can suggest ways to make content more accessible. Ally also allows students to automatically generate accessible, alternative formats for many course materials.
Faculty may request to have Ally turned on for in their Canvas courses by filling out this form.
Once Ally has been turned on for your Canvas course, you will see an accessibility score indicator (next to the “published” checkmark) for most course materials (including unpublished materials). This indicator gives you a score for each item; clicking on the indicator will display any issues identified with the item and provide some guidance improving the accessibility of that item. It is not uncommon to see a large number of items in the “red zone.” Many of these can be addressed with relatively little effort.
You can also add an “Accessibility Report” link to your course navigation. The report will provide an overall analysis of your course and a prioritized list of issues to address.
NOTE: students do not see the accessibility reports or indicators in your course.The best way to learn more about how to use Ally is to access their help materials online. We recommend starting with Getting Started with Ally and the Ally Quick Start for Instructors (note: Ally is a Blackboard product, but it is integrated into Canvas).
Please contact the CTI with any questions or for further information.
Ally Training Workshops
Learn to use Ally, a new tool in Canvas, to help improve course accessibility. The workshop will cover the basic features of Ally, including: reports, available material remediation, and alternative file formats.
Note: there are currently no additional workshops scheduled at this time, please feel free to review the recording or contact the CTI with any questions or for further information.
You can also watch recordings of individual sessions:
- Introduction (length: 4:59)
- Canvas Accessibility Checker (length: 9:55)
- Uses & Limitations of Ally (length: 3:43)
- Ally Accessibility Report (length: 3:40)
- PDF Example and Ally Accessibility Indicators (length: 3:02)
- Adding Alternative Text in Canvas (length: 1:44)
- Ally Accessibility Indicator in Canvas (length: 0:58)
- Ally Alternative Formats (length: 6:46)