Ally Provides Alternative Formats of Course Materials
For information on the faculty Ally interface in Canvas, visit the CETL Ally webpage.
Students can access alternative-format course documents on the fly in a course with Ally enabled. In the Canvas LMS student view, next to each file is a drop-down menu that will reveal an alternate format for the course document. Alternative formats benefit everyone. For example, maybe you have a lot of course material to read and get eye strain, or you're an auditory learner. Listen to an audio format of the learning materials by selecting Audio MP3 from the Ally drop-down.
Don't stick to just one format! Use as many formats as you want. For example, if it isn't in your first language, you could follow along in the ePub as you listen to the audio file, all from the comfort of your favorite coffee shop or study corner. Choose the format, or formats, that best suit your learning needs.
What alternative formats does Ally generate?
Ally provides alternative formats for the following file types:
- PDF files
- Microsoft® Word files
- Microsoft® Powerpoint® files
- OpenOffice/LibreOffice files
- Uploaded HTML files
Ally can generate the following alternative forOCR'd
- OCR'd version (for scanned documents)
- Tagged PDF (currently for Word, Powerpoint, and OpenOffice/LibreOffice files)
- Mobile-friendly HTML
- Audio: MP3
- ePub: for use with personal e-readers, such as Kindle
- Electronic Braille: a braille ready file version for use with an electronic refreshable braille display
- BeeLine Reader
- Language translated version: provides up to 58 language translation options (not available during the pilot)
Which Format Should I Use?
Not sure what format to download? Let us help you decide. This table shows at-a-glance the best formats for your different needs.
|Your needs||Electronic braille||Audio||PDF, OCR||PDF, Tagged||HTML, Semantic||ePub||Translated Version||BeeLine Reader|
|Adjust text, font, and background color|
|Adjust audio playback speed|
|Copy, paste, and search|
|Format adapts to device, responsive|
|Highlighting, note taking, and bookmarking|
|Text to speech with speed adjustment|
Why use ePub?
OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. The OCR PDF alternatives are created when the original content is a PDF of an image. OCR technology analyses the content and converts the image into searchable text.
Why use Tagged PDF?
BeeLine Reader makes reading on-screen easier and faster. Instead of using plain black text, BeeLine Reader displays text using a subtle color gradient that helps pull your eye through your readings. This new display format has been honored by the United Nations and is used by readers in 120 countries around the world.