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Below is a list of terms that you will encounter during your quest for instructional accessibility. Refer to this document any time you encounter terms you are unfamiliar with:
The Accessibility Checker is a tool within Canvas that can assess the accessibility of content created in the Rich Content Editor. This guide will show you how to use the Accessibility Checker as well as the gaps in the assessment.
The Accessibility Checker is a great tool to quickly assess your content in Canvas. However, we as content creators still need to assess all material to ensure full accessibility.
Microsoft Office has a built-in accessibility checker that will identify certain elements that are inaccessible and provide simple steps on how to remediate those issues.
Disclaimer: The Microsoft Office Accessibility Checker does not catch all accessibility issues. To ensure all accessibility issues are caught and fixed be sure to review our guides, videos, and training content.
Use the following questions to measure the accessibility of documents, presentations, and Audio/Video content. If you answer ‘no’ to any of the questions below, take steps to remediate the issue.
Any distributed document (whether it’s vital, supplemental, or even optional) needs to be accessible. Microsoft Word should be the go-to application for creating these documents as Word documents can be formatted to numerous file types while still being able to edit the original document. This guide will explain how to build an accessible document in Microsoft Word.
A hallmark of an accessible document is a clear structure. Documents without clear labels and organization are unduly difficult to navigate for students using screen readers.
Use the Insert tab to add any non-text elements to your document. All visuals need to have Alternative Descriptive Text (See Creating Alternative Descriptive Text).
Presentations are an integral part of lesson development and course design. They provide information in a visually appealing and easy to digest format that is easily transformed into a platform for lecture notes. The following steps explain how to make an existing presentation accessible using Microsoft PowerPoint.
While useful to break up monotony in a presentation, transitions and animations can also create accessibility issues.
As you build your content in Canvas, it is essential to keep accessibility in mind. This guide will explain the best practices for how to utilize Canvas accessibly.
Modules are used to organize your overall course.
You will populate your Modules with Pages that will hold your content. The Rich Content Editor in Canvas’ built in word processor and appears in Pages, Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions.
Each of these file types rely on sensory elements for full understanding. It is essential that we provide the content in multiple ways.
Canvas’ equation editor produces inaccessible equations. We do have access to tools to insert equations into the RCE
Canvas has peer to peer interactions available (e.g. discussions and peer reviews).
Alternative text, also known as alt-text or alt-tags, is a contextual description of an image read by screen readers and is provided to users when their image does not load properly. The primary role of Alt-text is to provide image descriptions to screen reader users. Education is filled with image-based content in the form of diagrams, graphics, charts, and numerous forms of multimedia. However, creating alternative text can be difficult as its limitation of 150 characters makes providing meaningful description challenging. This guide is meant to provide guidance.
Use the links below to access PDF versions of the Best Practice guides: