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Alternative accessible formats of content in Canvas

For more information about Yale's accessibility guidelines, please visit the Usability & Web Accessibility page, or contact accessibility@yale.edu.

Yale's Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning is integrating Blackboard Ally in Canvas @ Yale. Ally provides more accessible formats of content shared through Canvas. To learn how to obtain accessible content within Canvas, please see our help documentation: Ally for More Accessible Content

For more information regarding the digital content available in Canvas, please see the vendor guides relating to:

 

Accessible Versions throughout Canvas

Throughout the course site, students and faculty will notice a small down arrow next to content linked to from various tools in Canvas.

Arrow pointing to drop down icon to show accessible versions

Clicking on this down arrow will surface a pull down menu inviting participants to download the original file uploaded by the instructor, or to choose from one of several more accessible versions for download.

screenshot to show how to select the accessible version from drop-down arrow.

Accessible versions of content are generated on demand, and downloaded to your local computer.

Accessing alternative versions in the Syllabus

If an instructor has chosen to link to a downloadable version of the syllabus, accessible versions of the file will be available through the submenu.

screenshot of where the drop down arrow is within the syllabus tool to identify how to access the accessible versions

Accessing alternative versions of content in Files

When accessing content through the Files tool in Canvas, hover over the file row to the far right, and a gear icon will appear.  When available, the Accessible versions menu will be present to access the desired alternative format.

Click on the files in the course navigation to have the files within the course appear.

Another path to accessible versions is when a file is selected in the Files tool, a small icon appears towards the top of the list of files. This only appears when one file is selected.

In order to access the accessible version, there is an icon next to the download icon.

Alternatively, if you have already clicked on the file to view in preview mode, accessible versions are made available through a button on the top of the screen.

Alternatively, if you have already clicked on the file to view in preview mode, accessible versions are made available through a button on the top of the screen.

Accessing alternative versions of content in Announcements

When content is shared directly from within an Announcement posted in a Canvas site, accessible versions of that piece of content are available when the students logs into Canvas directly to view the announcement from within the course site, as shown here.

Screenshot of announcements area showing that when the file is in content area, the drop-down arrow is available for accessible versions.

Accessing alternative versions in Assignments

Content shared in an assignment by the instructor will have accessible versions made available through the available menu, but student submissions will NOT be scanned by Ally and will not have accessible versions made available to the faculty member or to peers during a peer review.

Screenshot of assignments area showing that when the file is in content area, the drop-down arrow is available for accessible versions.

Accessing alternative versions of Files in Modules

When a file is linked to directly from within a Module as shown here:

screenshot of what the file within the Modules area looks like.

The accessible versions of the content are found within the top portion of the window.

screenshot to show where the drop-down arrow is for accessible versions when the file is previewed from the modules page.

Accessing alternative versions of content in Discussions

Content linked from discussions by the instructor will have accessible versions available.  Content shared by students will NOT be scanned by Ally, and will NOT have accessible versions made available to readers.

Screenshot of discussions area showing that when the file is in content area, the drop-down arrow is available for accessible versions.

Accessing alternative versions in content pages

Screenshot of content page area showing that when the file is in content area, the drop-down arrow is available for accessible versions.

For more information on Canvas accessibility, please visit the Canvas vendor guides to learn more:

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2061