Accessibility Dials

What do the Ally dials mean?

Ally’s accessibility dials provide faculty with important information about the accessibility of their course content. The dials range from 0-100%, color-coded from Red to Green, which indicates whether or not the content has an accessibility issue.

accessibility indicators or colored dials

Red means "Needs help!", orange means "A little better", light green means "Almost there", and dark green means "Perfect!".

The following screenshots show the Ally accessibility dials next to images and files embedded in a course page:

Accessibility dial next to embedded image

Accessibility dial next to embedded file

Ally dials may also appear on your Canvas modules page next to uploaded files, as in the image below:
Accessibility dials next to files in a module

Clicking on each dial will give instructors more information on the accessibility of each file, and guide instructors on how to improve the file, if they desire to do so.

To view our Ally test course as a student, use the link to self-enroll to access the All Test Canvas shell. As a student, you will NOT see the dials, however you will see the Alternative Formats icon on the course content page.

For more information on Ally’s accessibility dials, screen the following video:

How do I fix accessibility issues flagged by Ally?

When Ally flags an accessibility issue in Canvas, Ally provides faculty with detailed guidelines for remediating these content issues. Faculty can click on Ally’s accessibility dials to learn what content issues exist, and faculty can then follow the guidelines that Ally provides for addressing these accessibility issues.

For more information, please visit our pages on fixing file accessibility and fixing image accessibility. You may also screen the following video for more general help on the accessibility issue fixing process in Ally.

When should I make changes to flagged content?

Accessibility is an ongoing process, and Ally is one accessibility awareness tool designed to help faculty increase the accessibility of their courses for all students. While Ally will flag accessibility issues, faculty are not required to make all changes immediately. Faculty should understand Ally as a helpful tool to increase faculty awareness of course content accessibility. When Ally flags an accessibility issue, the instructor should use Ally’s features to learn more about the accessibility issue and create a plan for remediation. Faculty should prioritize remediating accessibility needs that present an immediate barrier for learners currently in a course.