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!
Contact UsWe would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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:
There are several quick and easy things you can do when getting started that can make a big difference.