What is Ally?

Before you learn about Ally, please watch this video by the National Federation of the Blind. This video offers some valuable perspective as to why Ally is such an important tool.

How can Ally help?

Ally is a tool built into myCourses that can convert and offer your materials to students in the format that works best for them. For example, Ally can take your Word document and make it available as HTML for students using mobile devices or screen-readers, as Electronic Braille for students with visual impairments, and as audio for learners on the go. To make Ally work, you need to ensure that your materials are well-formatted and accessible.

Accessibility Score Indicators

Ally’s main job in your myCourses site is to measure the accessibility of your materials so that it can generate an “accessibility score” for each file. Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score, the fewer the issues.

  • low accessibility indicator Low: File is not accessible and needs immediate attention.
  • medium accessibility indicator Medium: File is somewhat accessible and could use improvement.
  • High accessibility indicator High: File is accessible but could be improved.
  • perfect accessibility indicator Perfect: File is accessible. No improvement needed.

For files with Low to High scores, Ally lists the issues and offers guidance on how to fix them. We have also put together a page with tutorials that explain how to address the types of issues Ally detects.

More Accessibility in myCourses

Ally can improve the accessibility of uploaded files and images, but there are a few other ways that information on your myCourses site can be made more readable and accessible. First, be sure that all of your hyperlinks are descriptive: