ALLY is a tool to help make course material more accessible and usable for all students, and provides helpful feedback to academics and teachers.
ALLY provides a more inclusive experience for students with disabilities, second language learners and other non-traditional learners. Even students who do not identify as disabled have indicated a preference for the audio format (MP3) for longer documents so they can listen while doing other things or to prevent eye strain.
ALLY’s two main functions are:
- Evaluate documents uploaded to Canvas and, for those documents which do not comply with accessibility guidelines, provide instructions to improve the accessibility of the document.
- Provide students with multiple formats of the original document so they can select the one that best fits their unique needs. For example, Ally can convert a PDF document into an audio format MP3 file.
What students will see.
In Canvas most file types will have a drop-down menu where you can download the file. ALLY creates another option to download accessible versions of that file.
When a student selects “Alternative formats”, a dialog with all of the formats that content is available to be downloaded becomes available.
Leganto is reading list software that can assist you to create interactive, collaborative reading lists for your course.
Reading lists are an interactive and collaborative way of managing course readings.
- create structured, annotated reading lists
- generate analytics and reports to gain insight into the materials that students use
- keep lists up to date from year to year in an easy manner
- collaborate and share views, feedback, and questions with classmates and instructors
- discover new materials from peers’ suggestions and automated content recommendations
- gather resources into a personal repository directly from discovery systems, scholarly sources, publishers’ sites, online bookstores and other websites
Turn it in 2.0
The Education Developers in the ADG have recently been a part of the user testing for Turnitin 2.0 (Turnitin Plagiarism Framework).
The main strengths that the new plagiarism framework provides are that it:
- supports multiple file uploads
- reads and reports on multiple simultaneous file submissions
- supports fractional grades
- supports group assignment submissions!
- staff will only grade in one place, the SpeedGrader in Canvas, and
- students view all of their assessment results and feedback in the one place, the SpeedGrader.
The main weakness of the new plagiarism framework is the loss of GradeMark functionality (Turnitin Rubrics and QuickComments).
It is anticipated that the new plagiarism framework will be rolled out for semester 1, 2019. It is being trialled in Vietnam for their Trimester 3.
Stay tuned for further information about these new LTIs.