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TidyUp Numbers

Getting to Green: TidyUp Challenge

Ally Accessibility Score

TidyUp is a new tool in Canvas to help faculty improve their Ally – Accessibility Scores by removing old/unused inaccessible files. While reviewing your Files in Canvas, it is hard to know if the files are used on Pages, Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes or other locations. TidyUp will show you exactly which files are not used or used and where they are used. Not only can TidyUp make your courses more accessible quickly, it can help you organize your courses and save course space.

Note: Please view the information on the TidyUp page about Downloading files to your computer, creating a Quiz with all Question Banks, and changing names of file before you delete any files, folders or content.


Green Challenge  

Remove all inaccessible unused files form your Canvas courses.

“Getting to Green” Challenge  

The “Getting to Green” challenge provides guidance and motivation to improve Ally Accessibility Scores in Canvas courses. Courses that have Accessibility Scores above 66% are marked with a light green Ally dial, while those below 66% are marked with an orange and red dial. Each quarter the CTLT will introduce a new challenge that will be another effective way to get your courses to green as an achievable milestone toward making your courses more accessible.  

The new Canvas plugin, TidyUp identifies course files that are currently unused and thus candidates for downloading and removal, which can improve Ally Accessibility Scores. It is important to read the TidyUp webpage first before deleting any files. To learn more about Ally, please see our webpages 

How to collect the number of unused files...

Enable TidyUp in your Course & use Excel to Collect Data

To turn on TidyUp:

  1. Click on the Settings menu
  2. Click on the Navigation tab
  3. Drag up TidyUp into the view list
  4. Click on the Save button
  5. From the course menu, click on TidyUp
  6. Click on the Scan Course button
    Note: DO NOT Delete anything YET, until you go to the TidyUp page and read about steps to save all files, save question bank images or other study files. 
  7. Click on the Activity tab on the top and then you can see the number of items that were deleted on this page...

    TidyUp Download CSV 
    you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Download CSV Report button. 
  8. Open the downloaded CSV file in Excel
    Note: you can also email the CSV to with the name of the course (ex: ENGL-101-01-2218) and your full name so you do not have to use Excel or fill out the form below. 
  9. In Excel - Sort the Usage colum (Helpful Video). Get the number of files that do NOT have Usage data - those are the old/unused files that you will delete later. 
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EX: ENGL-101-01-2218

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