Using the Ally Accessibility Feature
Posted by ATC Staff 3, Last modified by Alexis Milton on 04 March 2020 12:46 PM

Description: The Ally Accessibility filter in Moodle evaluates all uploaded files to your course for readability and accessiblity, and provides guidance on how to improve your course.
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Using the Ally Accessibility Feature

What is Ally?

Ally is a Moodle feature that assesses your course’s content for accessibility. It utilizes machine learning to parse your files and provide it in other formats (audio, braille, etc) and will report on anything it finds hard to read.

Putting Ally in Your Course

  1. Click on the gear icon in the top-right of your course and select Filters.

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where Ally is located. Click Default (Off) and switch it to On from the drop-down menu.List of filters in Moodle, highlighting the filter 'Ally' and a drop-down menu with selections 'Off' and 'On'. 'On' is selected.

  3. Save changes and return to your course.

Once Ally is enabled, give it a second to analyze your files. You should then see a meter next to all of your files indicating the level of accessibility that Ally detected. Green is good, red is bad. 

 Sample section of Moodle course containing file named 'Course Syllabus' with a green accessibility meter. Speech bubble for meter says 'Accessibility score: High, Click to improve.'

Clicking on the meter will bring you to the document with the Ally score and suggestions for improvement on the left.

Sample accessibility score. Document 'Course Syllabus' is displayed with a score of 52% and message 'This document does not have headings' and two buttons saying 'What this means' and 'How to add headings.' Below that is a button to upload a version with headings.

If you need help with document conversion or have additional questions about Ally, please contact the ATC.

For further help, click on Live Help, leave a ticket, or contact:
Academic Technology Center
(541) 463-3377

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