Anthology Ally: Coaching Towards Accessibility


Presented at 8:00am in Mattie Silks on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.



  • Michael Mace, Manager, Indiana University
  • Sarah Herpst, Accessibility Analyst, Indiana University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Indiana University is poised to release Anthology Ally campus wide in Spring 2023. Indiana University has a keen focus on the coaching aspects the accessibility checker can offer our faculty and staff. Join us as we share our experience with implementing Ally in Canvas. We will discuss our decision process leading up to the purchase of Ally, our approach to implementing the tool across the Indiana University ecosystem, and what impact we are hoping to see.


The Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center (ATAC) at Indiana University has spent the past two years preparing and executing the implementation of Anthology Ally across our system-wide Canvas instance. While this change will provide faculty and staff with a host of robust accessibility metrics and provide students with an array of alternative formats, the impetus for this purchase was the potential benefit of Ally as a coaching tool for faculty and course creators. While there are real and immediate benefits of the tool's implementation, most attractive to us is the potential to increase awareness of accessible design practices over time. We will discuss lessons learned thus far in our implementation, highlight our approach to gaining faculty adoption of the tool, and look closer at the ways in which Ally will push the dial of accessible courses further at Indiana University in the coming years.


  1. Ally is a powerful coaching tool for teaching content creators accessibility best practices
  2. Alt formats offered in Ally benefit all student and highlight the importance of Universal Design for Learning
  3. Training for staff, instructors, and students is instrumental to the successful rollout of Ally

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Uncategorized, Universal Design for Learning

Speaker Bio(s)

Michael Mace

Michael focuses on leading the ATAC’s staff and temporary employees, making sure the ATAC’s service offerings exceed the expectations of faculty, students, and support staff. Michael also frequently presents on topics such as Universal Design for Learning and Creating Accessible Course Materials. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Marian University and a master’s degree in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University.

Sarah Herpst

Sarah Herpst is an Accessibility Analyst at Indiana University. She specializes in captioning, transcription, video description services, Canvas course review, and alternative media production. Sarah received her CPACC certification in June of 2019 and holds bachelor’s degrees from Alma College in Philosophy and Political science. She received her master’s degree in Communication and Information Sciences (CICS) from Ball State University in 2013.


Anthology Ally: Coaching Towards Accessibility