EquatIO Canvas plug-in license expiring

Canvas has a built-in equation editor which supports direct LateX input. The MSU Denver EquatIO plug-in for Canvas might stop working after the 2023-2024 year; discussions are ongoing regarding the status. This only applies to the institutional license MSU Denver held for Canvas; this does not apply to personal licenses.

Accessible documents from LaTeX

The IAG is currently testing software that can convert the inaccessible PDFs that result from LaTeX documents into accessible Word files.

Why Make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Science Accessible?

If professors are unable or unprepared to recognize and address the needs of students with disabilities, the result is “if students cannot access opportunities that feed into a STEM pipeline, they are essentially invisible.”

Formulas and images are a large part of instruction for a variety of fields such as chemistry and statistics. Using tools such as Microsoft Equation Editor or EquatIO can help in making students with disabilities visible in fields such as science and math.

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Making STEM Accessible: What Doesn't Work

The following list consists of the most common issues that make STEM content inaccessible as well as quick steps for avoiding them:

  • Using plain text to write formulas or equations; a screen reader will attempt to read plain text equations as plain text
    • Instead: use tools like MathJax and EquatIO to include equations that will render in an accessible format
  • Inserting equations or formulas in a PDF document; equations and formulas in PDFs cannot be rendered to an accessible format.
    • Instead: present the equations in Microsoft Word or Canvas
  • Providing digital tools and resources with no alternative; STEM disciplines often utilize complex visual tools, but these tools need additional support to be made accessible in digital contexts
    • Instead: add data tables for charts and tactile resources for more complex visual tools
  • Using color as the sole indicator; colors are not perceived in the same way by all and should be supported
    • Instead: use patterns and other visual cues to indicate meaning

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Dig Deeper with these additional resources

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External Resources

Connect with the Instructional Accessibility Group

Improve your instructional accessibility through the IAG live trainings, access checks for individual materials, or course reviews.

Have more questions or need additional assistance? Email the Instructional Accessibility Group.