Canvas Accessilbity Checklist

Canvas Accessibility Checklist

This checklist resource contains areas to check for Canvas course accessibility, links to tutorials and information to make your Canvas courses more accessible and usable to everyone. To start, let’s review some accessibility basics.

Why Accessibility Matters

Accessible Design Principles Tutorial

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Check PDFs in Course

PDFs from Library Databases

Is a PDF article also offered in HTML format? Top 3 databases that offer PDF, HTML or other formats for articles  - Consult a Librarian

  • Academic Search Complete (General)
  • CINAHL Complete (Nursing)
  • CQ Researcher (General)
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (Audio format available)

Check Office Documents in Course

Check Images in Course

  • Use text + images instead of text in images in content when possible. Add images alt text:
    • Simple images - Their meaning in context
    • Complex images (graphs, maps, etc.) - Meaning should be fully described in surrounding text and contain a short description in the alt text to identify it.
    • Decorative - Only for visual appeal purposes
  • Adding Alt Text to Canvas Images Tutorial
  • Images Library Guide
    Consult a Librarian

Canvas Pages

  • Syllabus, Home & Content Pages
    Canvas Pages Tutorial
  • Hyperlinks
    Should be descriptive, with the URL behind the name to inform the user beforehand the link purpose - For example, use Wikipedia website (not Wikipedia: Click here or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
  • Tables
    Canvas Accessible Tables Tutorial

Navigation

Course Home Page

  • What is the course Home page?
    Set Home Page Tutorial
  • Hide unused tools
    Manage Navigation Tutorial

Audio & Video

Is media captioned or a transcript available?

Broken Links Check

This tool will provide a report of any broken links in the course. To access go to course Settings > Validate Links in Content.

Inclusive Teaching Practices

Inclusive teaching basics, accessible Library resources, copyright-free media

Canvas Accessibility Resources Links

Why Accessibility Matters

canvas.instructure.com/courses/1587600/pages/why-accessibility-matters?module_item_id=23036556

Accessible Design Principles Tutorial

canvas.instructure.com/courses/1587600/pages/accessible-design-principles?module_item_id=23036574

Accessible PDF Checklist

docs.google.com/document/d/14hglo33pFxnX7Yg7FOBgyVZZKHSJ_uLClItMYO7FY48/edit#

Fixing Inaccessible PDFs Tutorial

washington.edu/accessibility/documents/pdf-acrobat/

Creating Accessible Word Documents Tutorial

canvas.instructure.com/courses/1587600/pages/creating-accessible-word-documents?module_item_id=23036575

MS Word Video on Using Tables

support.office.com/en-us/article/video-create-accessible-tables-in-word-cb464015-59dc-46a0-ac01-6217c62210e5?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

PowerPoint Tutorial

canvas.instructure.com/courses/1587600/modules/items/23036577

Images Library Guide

guides.lib.uw.edu/newimages

Consult a Librarian

library.uwb.edu/selectors.html

Adding Alt Text to Canvas Images Tutorial

canvas.instructure.com/courses/1587600/pages/adding-alt-text-in-canvas?module_item_id=23348265

Canvas Pages Tutorial

canvas.instructure.com/courses/1587600/modules/items/23036594

Canvas Accessible Tables Tutorial

community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-7118-creating-accessible-tables-in-the-rich-content-editor

Set Home Page Tutorial

community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-13012-4152724499

Manage Navigation Tutorial

community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12933-415257079

Accessible Video & Audio

uwb.edu/accessibility/video-audio

Making Videos Accessible

washington.edu/doit/videos/index.php?vid=86

Library Streaming Video Collections

guides.lib.uw.edu/c.php?g=345938&p=5620661

Canvas Link Validation Tutorial

community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12770-4152476605

Inclusive Teaching Resources Presentation

docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gyjlBSAqOgwbJ4JZZ-XZQiXqtmG3bbuKIYfUNe_kfrI/edit?usp=sharing