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COVID-19 Updates: CCAPS and the University

Addressing Accessibility Challenges with Canvas—Tools, Training, Templates

45 minutes
Practices for Student Success
Accessibility and Universal/Inclusive Design
Higher Education
Oral Presentation

Ensuring accessibility of course content can be and is further complicated when courses and content are moved online. While campus disability services address specific student accommodations, accessibility may not be adequately addressed for those not needing formal accommodations. Enter Canvas. Ensuring an accessible experience for all students, regardless of disability, is a key focus of Canvas. In addition to using the accessible features inherent in Canvas, we use it as a hub to further improve accessibility and usability for all students. Our accessibility approach in Canvas revolves around tools, training, and templates. Accessible content and syllabus templates have been created using CIDI design tools. The Canvas accessibility checker verifies content created within the rich content editor and suggests fixes for issues, and the CIDI accessibility checker checks headings, images, and links. We have created accessibility training and resource sites in Canvas and also use these sites to support face-to-face training. An unexpected benefit of the Leganto-Canvas-Library LTI integration has been the ability to increase distribution of accessible library materials with a side benefit of improved copyright compliance. In this interactive session participants will have the opportunity to participate in a sample Canvas site illustrating the concepts that are presented and will discuss their own accessibility challenges and solutions.


Glori Hinck, Nancy McGinley Myers, University of St. Thomas