Alternative accessible formats of content in Canvas
Ally, Fall 2017 Pilot
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Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning is piloting Blackboard Ally in Canvas @ Yale this fall 2017, bringing alternative accessible formats of content shared through Canvas into the hands of any student at Yale. These automatically generated alternative accessible formats include Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic braille.
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.
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.
Accessible versions of content are generated on demand, and downloaded to your local computer.
Coming in spring 2018, our pilot will extend to include Instructor feedback feedback about the accessibility of their course materials and guidance on how to fix identified accessibility issues.
Accessing accessible 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.
Accessing accessible 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.
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.
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 accessible 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.
Accessing accessible 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.
Accessing accessible versions of Files in Modules
When a file is linked to directly from within a Module as shown here:
The accessible versions of the content are found within the top portion of the window.
Accessing accessible 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.
Accessing accessible versions in content pages
For more information on Canvas accessibility, please visit the Canvas vendor guides to learn more: