What is Ally?

Ally is a new Chapman service to help make course materials in Canvas more accessible. Ally provides faculty with feedback on the accessibility of course content in Canvas using a visual dial and provides suggested step-by-step instructions to improve the accessibility of the content.

Ally icon indicator low Need help! Ally icon indicator medium A little better Ally icon indicator high Almost there Ally icon indicator perfect Perfect!

Ally also provides students with accessible alternative formats for course content such as audio and electronic braille.

Ally is available for all Chapman Canvas Courses in Spring 2020.

How can Ally help faculty and staff?

Ally provides guidance and tips for lasting improvements to the accessibility of your content.

Accessibility icon Receive feedback on the accessibility of your content

Accessibility icon Improve content accessibility with Ally’s step-by-step instructions

Accessibility icon Provide students with accessible alternative formats such as audio and electronic braille

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.

How can Ally help students?

How do you prefer to engage with digital learning content? Do you read on your phone or tablet, use a screen reader, like to annotate and highlight, or listen to an audio version? Ally automatically generates “Alternative formats” from your original course files and makes them available for download so that you can engage with course content in a way that works best for you.

Look for the downward-facing arrow next to documents in your Canvas course.

screenshot of the dropdown menu

Choose the format that is right for you!

screenshot of alternative formats

Read more about Ally.