What is Ally?

Humboldt State University has deployed Ally accessibility tool in all courses in Canvas. If you have questions about the tool, please contact HSU Canvas Support at canvas@humboldt.edu or 707-826-3633.

Ally is a Tool Designed to Make Your Content Accessible to All Learners

Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. Providing them with more accessible content means they can choose formats that work best for them: HTML for improved reading on mobile phones, Electronic Braille for the visually impaired, and Audio for learning on the go. Ally automatically scans your original content, and performs a series of steps to make them more accessible.

Ally Generates Alternative Accessible Formats for Your Content Automatically

Ally automatically creates these alternative formats for all of your course files, and makes them available for you and your students to download. Your original file will not be affected by the alternative formats.

Ally Gives You Simple Feedback to Help You Make Your Content Accessible to Everyone

Ally integrates directly with Canvas and provides feedback within your course workflow. Next to your course files and content, you can find small speedometers designed to display the levels of accessibility that your documents have reached. Click the indicator to view your accessibility feedback, and follow along step-by-step to make your content accessible to all.

These indicators are only visible to Canvas users with a Teacher or Administrator role in your course.

It's easy!

The Ally indicators are almost exactly like a stoplight. When the indicators are dark green, your content is ready to be accessed by students of all abilities. 

Depending on the color of your indicator, Ally provides feedback with descriptions that will help guide you every step of the way.

Do you have more questions about Ally?

There are many layers of support to help you implement Ally in your courses. The Canvas Support Team in Library 311 is available Monday-Friday (8am-5pm) to aid in your understanding of this new system. For support available, any time, click here to visit Ally's support website for instructors or here to visit ALLY's support website for students.