Canvas Course Accessibility

Accessibility is essential to keep in mind as you put your material online because it provides a better experience for everyone. Accessible content sends a powerful message that you care about inclusive teaching.

You do not need to be an accessibility expert, but it is important to have a basic understanding of why accessibility is important, what responsibilities are yours and where you can go for help!

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you at accessibility@usu.edu or 435-797-5535 to review your courses or set up a quick meeting to discuss how we can help you make your content more accessible.

What do you Mean Accessibility?

Students will come to your course from a variety of backgrounds and learning preferences. Some of your students will have disabilities that affect the way they interact with your course. Consider the following potential barriers:

  • A video without captions for a Deaf or hard of hearing student.
  • A scanned  PDF file without readable text for a student who is blind.
  • An inconsistent course design and structure for a student with ADHD.

While the above scenarios can be a problem those barriers can be removed so that a student with a disability can access your course content in the same way as every other student. 

Accessibility Resources and Responsibilities

There are some great resources available in Canvas to help make sure your course pages, files, and videos are accessible. You can add the “Accessibility Report” from the course navigation links External Link icon  in your course or contact accessibility@usu.edu and we will enable it for you. This gives you a report like the one below:

Course accessibility report

Consider starting with the "Content with the easiest issues to fix" to get started. Your instructional designer will be happy to help you with any questions and in fixing some of the more challenging issues. If there are problems with inaccessible PDF files in your course, we have resources available to help make those files more accessible and usable. 

If you have a student with a documented disability, you will receive a letter from the Disability Resource Center letting you know exactly what you need to do to be ready.

In the meantime, there are things you can do to get ready and make your course materials ready from the get go. The following 7-minute video shares why accessibility is important from a few different perspectives:

 
 

Resources

There are several quick and easy things you can do when getting started that can make a big difference.

The Ally Tool provides feedback on your course material and automatically creates alternate formats for students. Contact accessibility@usu.edu if you need help making any files accessible.
If you are using video in your course, adding captions makes them more accessible, helps second language learners, and makes your videos easier to understand for everyone.
Over time your Canvas course can accrue unnecessary files and it can be difficult to know which ones are still relevant. The File Cleanup Tool helps you identify and delete unnecessary files in your courses.
Canvas has a built-in Accessibility Checker that you can use to check your Canvas page content.

Training Opportunities

  • Accessibility basics
  • Helpful Canvas Tools
  • Accessible Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents
Tips to make your content more accessible and more usable for everyone in your classroom.
WebAIM has generously provided their online Accessible Documents course to all USU faculty at no cost. Email accessibility@usu.edu to be added to the courses.

Additional Resources