Accessible Canvas courses

  1. Canvas accessibility tools
  2. Canvas rich content editor
  3. Accessible Canvas quizzes and assignments

Canvas Accessibility Tools

There are two accessibility tools in Canvas. The Accessibility Checker helps you find and fix accessibility issues. Canvas Ally not only helps you find and fix inaccessible content, it converts your uploaded files into alternative formats to increase the accessibility of the content.

Accessibility Checker

The Canvas Accessibility Checker is the primary tool for checking the accessibility of your course and course content. You can get to the Accessibility Checker by selecting its icon in the bottom right of the Canvas Rich Content Editor.
Canvas accessibility checker in the Rich Content Editor
If there are accessibility issues on the page, this will be indicated by a number. Canvas accessibility checker with a number indicator Select the icon and a window will pop up in the right-hand side of the screen with information about the accessibility errors detected.

Canvas accessibility checker pane warning that a table needs a caption or headers

The Accessibility Checker automatically checks the accessibility of tables, images, document files, lists, headings and color contrast.

See more about the Canvas Accessibility Checker:

See ASU's Online Course Accessibility Checklist to learn how to fully audit your Canvas course step-by-step.

Ally

Ally is an external tool used by Canvas to scan your course and give all the document and image files you've uploaded an accessibility score.
Red gauge means needs help; orange guage a little better; light green guage almost there; and dark green gauge perfect

Clicking on the gauge will open a window on the right-hand side of the screen with information about how to fix the document or image.

The alternative formats popup in CanvasAlternative Formats

In addition to accessibility scores and help, Ally automatically generates alternative accessible file formats for all files you upload to Canvas. Students can download these alternative formats, allowing them greater freedom about how they consume the content in your course. The file types created include PDF, ePub, audio, HTML, braille, and machine-translated versions.

ALternative format types

Learn more about Ally and How to Use the Ally Dashboard on the LMS website.

Canvas Rich Content Editor

The Rich Content Editor in Canvas is your primary tool for creating accessible content in Canvas. The toolbar makes it easy to create headings, lists, links, tables, and more. More importantly, it creates these elements with the correct underlying markup, so they're accessible to students using screen readers, voice recognition, eye-tracking software, and many other types of assistive technologies.

Always use the styles in the Rich Content Editor to add headings, images, tables, files, and more. You can rely on the Rich Content Editor to automatically create accessible content.

Learn to use the many features of the Canvas Rich Content Editor.

Canvas Rich Content Editor

Canvas Equation Editor for math and science

One of the most helpful features of the Canvas Rich Content Editor is the Equation Editor. Use this editor to help you create accessible math equations and scientific notation in both content and quizzes.

In the Rich Content Editor, select Insert > Equation:

Equation Editor choice in ​​​​the Canvas Rich Content Editor

The Equation Editor will open, allowing you to input expressions, symbols, operations, and other mathematical items.

The Equation Editor pane in the Canvas Rich Content Editor

See more on the Canvas Equation Editor:

Canvas Quizzes and Assignments

Making online quizzes and assignments accessible is crucial for student success. See the article on Canvas Quizzes and Assignments for tips for making them more accessible.

 

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