What is the SensusAccess tool?

SensusAccess is a self-service document conversion tool that is valuable for anyone who needs quick access to information in multiple formats. For example, someone who is pressed for time can convert a lengthy Word document from Files to an MP3 and play it while driving or walking, or when allergies kick up and eyes tire easily. Individuals with diverse needs, particularly those with print disabilities, may convert a file to make it more accessible to them.

Select a file from a list of resources available to you, and it will be automatically converted into an alternative format for you to download. SensusAccess can be used to convert text into mobile-friendly ebooks, audio files, or digital Braille for the visually impaired. It can also render PDFs, PowerPoint slides, and documents with complex graphs or equations into less challenging formats.

Note: Instructors may find steps to add SensusAccess and other tools to their course in How do I manage Course Navigation links? (opens new window).

SensusAccess Features


  • Honors the permissions restrictions in Files. For example, students cannot use the tool to access files that are hidden or located in hidden folders.
  • Presents each course participant with a drop-down list of files that are visible to them.
  • Supports a variety of languages. It can convert documents written in the main European languages, American English, Latin American Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, and more.
  • Converts many types of files, including images of text, Word documents, PDFs, and Powerpoint slides. For details, see the SensusAccess Service Description page (opens new window).

Benefits of SensusAccess:

Go to SensusAccess.

Select SensusAccess from the Course Navigation Menu.