Checking Accessibility in Canvas

In addition to the Ally Accessibility Tool which will check your Office Documents and PDFs for accessibility, Canvas has a built-in tool that can help you improve the accessibility of your pages in the eLearn environment. 

Using the Canvas Accessibility Tool is easy and can help you to identify and fix many potential roadblocks for your students.

Remember:

You are much smarter than the automated checker so you should always check the document yourself to make sure that it is accessible and correct.

To get started, while in edit mode, select the accessibility icon below the text box.

Screenshot showing a page being edited in Canvas highlighting the accessibility icon under the rich text window.

This will open a window on the right side of the screen with information about any accessibility issues. The window will show one issue at a time, and in most cases, will let you correct them directly in the window.

Screenshot showing the Canvas Accessibility Checker tool with feedback and remediation help for alt-text.  Screenshot showing the Canvas Accessibility Checker tool with feedback and remediation help for color contrast.  Screenshot showing the Canvas Accessibility Checker tool with feedback and remediation help for list formatting.

Make the suggested corrections then select “Apply” to save them. Then select “Next” to move to the next issue.

When you have fixed all of the issues, you will see a screen letting you know you that no more issues were detected. 

Screenshot showing the Canvas Accessibility Checker tool showing no accessiblity issues found.

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