Accessible Technology

Using Ally in Canvas Courses

Ally is a tool from Blackboard that integrates seamlessly with the UW’s Canvas learning management system to automatically check accessibility of course content, including files uploaded by instructors. It performs two primary functions to improve accessibility of course content:

  1. For instructors: Ally provides feedback to instructors by assigning an accessibility score for each file. Instructors can click any score icon to launch a wizard that helps guide them through accessibility problems found with that file, and tips on how to fix them.
  2. For students: Ally automatically generates alternative formats—such as tagged PDF, HTML, electronic braille, or audio—that students can download and use to support their learning.

For additional information about Ally, see the following help docs on IT Connect: