CSUCI is committed to making content accessible for all students and faculty. To support this effort, Channel Islands has adopted an accessibility checker (ALLY) and a document converter (Sensus Access). Together we have branded these services CI Universal.

CI UniversalCI Universal is a two-part service. The first part is an accessibility checker within CI Learn that gauges the accessibility of course content and uses gauge icons to display the accessibility health of that content. Next, it provides accessibility scores and guidance on how to improve any issues. The checker also automatically generates alternative versions of your files which allows students to choose the type of file that best suits their needs. However, keep in mind that the quality of the alternative formats are based on the score of the original file.* View the "Accessibility Checker Quick-Start Guide" below for more information. 

The second part is a self-service that automates the conversion of documents into  alternative formats including digital Braille, MP3, DAISY and e-books. The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files or scanned images into more accessible formats. Both faculty and students can access the file converter from within CI Learn by clicking the Help link in the global navigation and then choosing, "CI Universal File Conversion."

CI Universal File Conversion link within CI Learn

When using this service to improve the accessibility of documents in your course, you should upload the converted versions to replace the originals. This will help increase the overall accessibility score of your course. Refer to the guides below for more in depth information about CI Universal and supporting your students.

*Note: The scanner creates alternative formats based on the original file. If the original accessibility score is low, than the alternative formats will also be lower quality. Submitting the file for conversion will improve the accessibility score of the original file and thus also bolster the quality of the alternative formats created within CI Learn.

  • This checker will automatically check the files and images that are in your course, and display an icon next to those resources indicating how accessible they are.

    Scores range from Low to Perfect. The higher the score, the fewer the issues.

    • low accessibility score iconLow: File is not accessible and needs immediate attention.
    • medium accessibility score iconMedium: File is somewhat accessible and could use improvement.
    • high accessibility score iconHigh: File is accessible but could be improved.
    • perfect accessibility score iconPerfect: File is accessible. No improvement needed.

    For items with Low to High scores, the checker shows you the issues and gives a step-by-step guide on how to fix them. Clicking on the indicator next to an item opens the accessibility details and displays any recommendations or a step-by-step guide on how to improve the item's score. These indicators only appear on the faculty view of your courses, not the student view.

    For more in-depth information regarding the Accessibility checker, check out our CI Universal e-Guide.

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