Accessibility Course Design

Accessibility Features in Canvas

Captioning Videos

This three-minute video shows how to add closed captioning through Canvas.

Add alternate text to infographics or other informational images

When you add an image into Canvas, you are always asked to check whether the image is "decorative" - meaning there is nothing for a screenreader to read. If a student with vision issues is using a screenreader it will skip over anything marked "decorative image."

The 'alt text' box

If you have an image that provides information, write or copy the words into the "alt text" box. This information will stay with this image from course to course. If you import works properly, once you attach the "alt text" to a particular image, it should travel with the image to the new course. The image below shows how you can check if you have "alt text" in the published material. Click image below to enlarge.

To make sure your hard work is preserved, consider copying alternative text into word documents and keep on file, so will always be able to add when necessary.

Accessibility Checker in Canvas

Read this post to learn how to use the auto Accessibility Checker in the Canvas RCE

Read about creating accessible content

How to Improve the Accessibility of Videos and Slides Used in Your Classroom - captions for YouTube videos and automatic captioning for Google Slides or PowerPoint presentations

Tools to Improve Accessibility of Documents, Slides, Videos, and Websites - accessibility for websites, documents, videos, slides, and immersive readers: