Is anyone here familiar with Ally, the accessibility checker? The Open Education Initiative (OEI) in California is rolling this out soon and I would love to hear some reviews.
If you're referring to Ally - Making course content accessible, UCF is in the final stages of setting up a pilot. I'll be sure to post our impressions when we've had a chance to put it through its paces.
We recently setup the pilot at Utah State and have been really impressed with what we have seen so far.
The service consists of two major tools:
Right now we only have the reporting tool setup. The Ally team is working through some implementation details with the remediation tool that they hope to have resolved soon.
That said, even just having the reporting has already been very helpful and provided some great insight into where we are at and where we need to focus some of our improvement efforts. We are going to be using the course level reporting tool to prepare for fall semester. I don't know how much it was the intent of the developers, but it had an effect on my of gamifying the work that we do to make our content more accessible with the goal of making each semester better than the last.
The Ally team has been very responsive to feedback and seem to have a good understanding of the problem they are trying to solve. I'll try to remember to revisit this thread once the remediation tool gets setup.
We have been using Ally with the remediation tools available for about a month and have generally been pleased with what they are doing. It is not a magic bullet, but the user experience they have created does a good job of clarifying what they are able to do or not. The OCR they do is great, but for now there are still a number of remediation issues that need to be manually. That said, they do provide helpful workflows to assist faculty or others with that remediation process.
Ally has been very responsive to feedback and they are doing a good job in listening to feedback and providing frequent releases. The product is useful as it is, but I anticipate the remediation features getting better and better over time.
Does anyone know how to add Ally to a Canvas Course? Is it available in the free version or is it only in the paid?
There is no free version. You need to work with the Blackboard Ally team to install it on your instance of Canvas.
That makes sense. By free, I was actually talking about the free version of Canvas not Ally. Do you know if it is possible to get Ally added to a course using the free version of Canvas?